Bernice Louetta Johanna Anderson, 101 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska

Funeral Services for Bernice L. Anderson will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:30 the First Presbyterian Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Rev. Dr. W. Kirwin Stewart, Jr. officiating. Interment will be held following the services in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell, Nebraska.

Bernice Louetta Johanna Anderson, 101 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Holdrege Memorial Homes. Bernice was born April 27, 1912 on the family farm northeast of Funk in Phelps County, Nebraska, the only child born to Lewis and Alfreda (Johnson) Peterson. She was baptized in June of 1912 at the Fridhem Lutheran Church Parsonage in Funk and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell in May of 1926. She received her primary education from the Prairie Rose District #11 in Phelps County until the 8th grade and then attended Axtell Public School, where she graduated from Axtell High School with the class of 1930. Bernice then pursued higher education at Kearney State Teacher's College for two years, where she received her teaching certificate for normal training.

Following her education, Bernice taught in a rural school south of Elm Creek in Phelps County for two years.

On November 28, 1933, Bernice was united in marriage to Lavern O. Anderson at Kearney, Nebraska and to this union four children were born: Conrad Lavern, Dorey LeMoyne, Marilyn Marie, and Byron Keith. The family made their home in Bertrand, Nebraska for seventeen years, where Lavern was employed by Paul Burgeson Feed and Produce, until moving to Hastings, Nebraska in 1951.

At this time, Bernice and Lavern were both employed at the Naval Ammunition Depot during the Korean War. After the Korean Conflict and the close of the Ammunition Depot, she and Lavern moved to Denver, Colorado in the Spring of 1956. Bernice then worked at the Air Force Finance and Reserve Center. She also served as a Gray Lady at the Veterans Hospital for several years. In February of 1957, Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern. She continued working for the Air Force Finance and Reserve Center until her retirement in July of 1976. Following her retirement, Bernice returned back to Phelps County and resided in Holdrege until her passing.

She loved to travel, and especially enjoyed her trip to her family's homeland of Sweden in 1984. This trip was the highlight of her life. She also enjoyed several trips and tours with the senior center, making many scrapbooks of her travels. Bernice loved to create and make calendars with sequins, which she shared with her family and friends.

Bernice was a past member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege and later in years attended the First Presbyterian Church in Holdrege. She was a member of Concordia Chapter #98 of the Eastern Star, the Emma Talbot Rebekah Lodge of Fremont, Nebraska, a member of the House of Sweden in San Diego, California, Holdrege Hard Times Club, Holdrege Genealogy Club, and NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter #1531.)

The welfare of her children always came first. Bernice treasured her Swedish heritage and enjoyed her correspondence and hosting many relatives from Sweden through the years. A special memory was reading out of her aunt's Swedish Confirmation Bible. She was often asked to translate letters and documents written in the Swedish language.

Besides her parents, and husband, Lavern, Bernice was preceded in death by one grandson, Scott Smith; son, LeMoyne Anderson and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Algeron and Mildred Anderson, Lawrence and Velma Anderson, Arthur and Bessie Anderson, Hattie and Elmer Johnson, Walter and Esther Anderson, Effie and Thad McCue, and Myrtle and Walter Linder.

Bernice leaves to mourn her passing, her three children: Conrad Anderson and his wife, Shirley of Long Pine, Nebraska, Marilyn Smith and her husband, Robert of Milliken, Colorado and Byron K. Anderson of Holdrege; daughter-in-law, Jeri Anderson of Denver; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Bernice's honor and kindly suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Holdrege, the Holdrege Memorial Homes or the Phelps County Community Foundation.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

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