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Bernice Schumacher, 90

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Mom passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on

Oct. 1.

She was an amazing woman, a wonderful mother, a devoted wife, a grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend. She made life fun. Before her death she made sure that family birthday and Christmas cards were completed for the year. Mom always wanted to be a teacher; she was a natural. She taught us many things and in the end she showed us how to die with dignity, grace and faith.

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Her life was not easy there were many disappointments and heartaches along with a lot of hard work, but she got up every morning, put one foot in front of the other and did what needed to be done. She did not complain.

Her life was also filled with many joys. She loved ballroom dancing. She never tired of a drive in the country or a trip around Lake Pepin. Mom enjoyed doing a variety of handicrafts including woodworking, sewing, crocheting, and making all-occasion cards. She took great pleasure in the outdoors and caring for her gardens. After she retired, she travelled to Germany and to several states. She always looked forward to spending time with her many dear friends. She was an active member of the Lincoln Ladies Aid, the Lincoln Birthday Club, the Widows Club and several other card clubs. For the past five years she celebrated her March 17 birthday at Pepin Plaza by serving green beer instead of the usual coffee at 8:00 in the morning.

Above all, Mom was proud of her family. She was excited about each new addition, especially the five sets of twins. Family gatherings were important to her. She was the leader of our Pseudo-sisters group. She cheered us on at the Dirty Girl Mud Run in 2012. She was often the first to arrive at our monthly breakfasts. During her last days she continued to make memories with us by going on the Pedal Pub on August 3rd and to the ranch rodeo on August 11th. Mom's sense of humor never waned; we had many great "last" laughs. Knowing that she was ready for the final step in this life and that she welcomed it, comforts us now. We will forever cherish our memories of her.

We love you, Mom. You're home. Rest in peace and God bless.

Bernice Johanna Siewert was born to Henry and Johanna (Martens) Siewert at their Lincoln family farm on March 17, 1923. She attended the Lincoln country school and then attended Lincoln High School in Lake City. She married Harold O. Schumacher on Nov. 12, 1941.

They farmed in rural Zumbrota until they purchased the home place at Lincoln in 1951, where they continued to farm. They moved to Zumbro Falls in 1974. Bernice also worked at Waters Conley and Crenlo for 21 years. She retired in 1989. From 2002 until her passing she resided at Pepin Plaza in Lake City.

Bernice is survived by her eight children: Darlene Jones of Wabasha, Vicky (Emery) Fick of Lake City, Richard (Barb) Schumacher of Prior Lake, Rollie (Karen) Schumacher of Lake City, Randy (Doris) Schumacher of Zumbro Falls, Becky Schumacher of Rochester, Loni (Larry) Lemmerman of Mazeppa and Lori (Randy) Meincke of Lake City; 30 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; one grandson, Jason Fick; one granddaughter, Annie Schumacher; and one son-in-law, Jerold "Jerry" Jones.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Lincoln Trinity Church. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Lincoln Trinity Church with Pastor Timothy Learman and Pastor William Ziebell officiating. Burial will be at the St. Peter's Belvedere Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the family of Bernice Schumacher for a future memorial choice.

Funeral arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel. Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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