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Bernice Wagener, 86, Horicon

November 21, 2017 GMT

Bernice E. Wagener, 86, Horicon, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam.

A memorial gathering will take place Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church in Horicon. A memorial service will follow at the church at noon with the Rev. Samuel Jackson officiating. Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon.

Bernice was born Feb. 2, 1931, in the town of Burnett, the daughter of Gustav and Eleanora (Drews) Schwartz. She was a 1948 graduate of Horicon High School. On Jan. 24, 1953, she was united with Lloyd Wagener at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horicon. Bernice worked at Horicon State Bank for 10 years, and served as the Zion Lutheran Church secretary for more than 20 years.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Horicon. Bernice served on the Oak Hill Cemetery Board as the secretary and treasurer for 20 years; she also served the city of Horicon on the election commission, as chairman for 27 years. She belonged to Horicon American Legion Auxiliary Unit 157, where she served in all the offices of the unit. Bernice also served the Dodge County American Legion Auxiliary as vice president and president. She also served the Second District American Legion Auxiliary as its vice president and president.

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd “Kicker;” three daughters, Ellen (Steve) Sunderland of Horicon, Faith (Don) Klostreich of Yuma, Arizona, and Linda Wagener of Madison; one son, Edward (Vicki) Wagener of Cambridge; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Gordon (Florine) Schwartz of Horicon, Harvey Gietzel of Horicon and Frank Gietzel of Madison; and sister-in-law, Ruth Schwartz of Beaver Dam. Bernice is further survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Eleanora Schwartz; three sisters, Elmay Mercier, Eleanor Schwarze and Pearl Muenchow; and five brothers, Oscar Schwartz, Wilbur Schwartz, Erwin Gietzel, Hilbert Gietzel and Merlin Gietzel.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is serving the family, to make an online condolence or for more information, visit KoepsellFH.com.