Obit: Howard, Bernadine M. (1907 - 2003)

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----Source: TRIBUNE-RECORD-GLEANER (Loyal, Wis.) 01/08/2003

Howard, Bernadine M. (13 JUN 1907 - 2 JAN 2003)

Bernadine M. Howard, 95, Turtle Lake, formerly of the Neillsville-Granton area, died on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at her daughter’s home, Turtle Lake. A memorial service will be held at noon on Sunday, Jan. 12, with fellowship and lunch to follow at the Masonic Temple, Neillsville. Burial will be at a later date in the town of Grant cemetery.

Bernadine Matilda Yankee was born on June 13, 1907, in Butternut. She received her nurses training at Ashland General Hospital and worked for many years as a registered nurse and health care administrator at Washburn, Stanley and Neillsville. Upon her marriage in 1930 to Vern. G. Howard, she moved to Granton, where they had a dairy farm. She raised 1,000 laying hens every year, kept honey bees, made maple syrup, gardened, and was known for her tree planting efforts, having planted 6,000 pines and maples just a month before suffering a disabling stroke in 1995. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Ladies Aid and a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include two sons: James (Renate) Howard, Franklin, Tenn., and William (Georgiann) Howard, Granton; three daughters, Mary (Ed) Zieroth, Waconia, Minn., Rachel Reynolds, Hollandale, and Judith (Ken) Ahlberg, Turtle Lake; one daughter-in-law, Doris Howard, Sussex; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Vern, in 1977; one son, Vern, in 2001, and one sister, Lavella Dane, in 1999 .

Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, assisted the family with arrangements.



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