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Bernice E. Lifke

October 22, 1922 - January 18, 2016
Visitation
St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church
113 E. Bonduel Street
Theresa, WI 53091
Saturday 1/23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Service
St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church - Kekoskee
23 Main St.
Mayville, WI 53050
Saturday 1/23, 12:00 pm

Bernice E. Lifke, age 93 of Theresa, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at All About Life Rehabilitation Center in Fond du Lac, WI.A funeral service for Bernice will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Kekoskee, WI, with Rev. Dennis Bratz officiating. A visitationContinue Reading

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Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, stories, beautiful flowers, wonderful desserts cards and mostly importantly your LOVE. Thank you Pastor Bratz for an inspiring sermon and everything you have done for our family! All our LOVE, Mark and Randy Lifke
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 1 - You will have to read this in parts because I wrote too much! Thank you Sheila, Debbie and Scott, Auntie Junette, Auntie K, Patrick & Lori. Yes WE did notice the TWO B's (Auntie BB) in the flowers. I love symbolism and storytelling; private meanings for the ones we TRULY LOVE. We enjoyed all the wonderful and beautiful flowers, which Mom would have loved as well! I am not sure if you noticed, I went to Fleet Farm and bought gloves to wear on Saturday. At first I thought regular work chore gloves(yellow) like Grandpa, Dad, Uncle Alvin, Uncle Ottz, Uncle Dan, Mark, Scott, Patrick and I wore outside in the winter time doing chores. Then I found some nice Deerskin gloves (Black); by the same manufacturer. I knew they were the ones! I asked Dan Koepsell how heavy the casket would be and that Mom was 100 pounds. I asked if he thought Mark and I could carry it. He kind of advised against it. Mark shared the story of William "Billy" Mueller (Aunt Carol (Lifke) Behnke (Dad's sister), Aunt Carol's son-in-law). Billy was the person who opened and closed graves and who passed the business onto his son. Mark shared a funny story that happened to Mom (Bernice (Zimmel) Lifke). It goes ABOUT like this; One snowy day, Mom made it to work at Purity Cheese. (editor note: you dass not miss work or the farmers will not get paid). Billy plowed snow for Purity Cheese. One day Billy plowed Mom's car in at Purity Cheese. He waited atop the hill for Mom to come out after work. Billy saw Mom looking at the car (Oh My God, Oh My God...), so he drives down from atop the hill where he was watching and laughing; pulls alongside Mom's car and he drives up to Mom with the snowplow truck. Billy says, "Hey, Lady do ya need a little help?". Mom replies, "Oh Billy, I am so glad to see you, someone plowed my car in (not first knowing it was Billy that did it) ...". So after many belly laughs he plows her out and on her way home Mom goes.
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 2 You see Billy always had lots of FUN in life; "SIMPLE CLEAN FUN". Billy told me a story at Mom's funeral meal. One day, he and another gentleman were plowing snow for the city of Mayville. The other gentleman (his name escapes me right now) came down Main street from the South. Billy, with a lady following behind him, came down Main street from the North. They were about to meet at the Stop-Go light; when all of a sudden they switched sides of the street in the intersection (like playing Chicken, but they TRUSTED each other and had done this many times before). The lady behind Billy, just about CR__PED her pants as she saw them switch sides and saw the other snow plow directly in front of her. She almost drove into the Dime store (today they call them the Dollar store). "SIMPLE CLEAN FUN" After Mark shared the story of Billy plowing Mom's car in, Mark asked Dan Koepsell if Bill, he and I could carry the casket (it was a BRILLIANT RESPECTFUL LOVING IDEA). Thank you Mark! Up until that day, I had not heard that story. Dan, Mark and I went to the back room and Mark and I tried lifting a casket on our own. We could; but how far could we walk with it?; would it be icy, slippery?... (and many other things Mom would have worried about but GOD takes care of for US). Mark choose to carry with his right hand so I (Randy) took the left hand side and Billy would be steering in the back with both hands (like Uncle Alvin's combine with the steering in the back). In so it was, Mark wearing the Right Hand Black Deerskin Glove (being helped by Pa and Uncle Dan) he began to carry Mom home to her final resting place between Dad and Pa & Ma. I wearing the Left Hand Black Deerskin Glove, (being helped by Dad and Uncle Ottz) carried Mom's casket. Billy in the back, guided our way with his Black Deerskin Gloves (representing all others whom helped Mom throughout the years, even making her cry and then laugh again!) See Part 3
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 3 Oddly enough, in order to make the front of the combine to move or turn left, the back of the combine has to move or go to the right (Kind of bass-ackwards). GOD does not make our path straight in LIFE. I then took Mark's Right Hand Black Deerskin Glove and my Left Hand Black Deerskin Glove and RESPECTFULLY placed them at the foot of the casket on the handle ( I asked Pastor Bratz if he thought that would be RESPECTFUL). Pastor Bratz, you gave a wonderful sermon FULL OF SYMBOLISM and MEANING with each and every word GOD spoke thru you. "Well, I am still here!" and "...the Gate is closed but the fences are down..."
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 2 Mark shared a funny story that happened to Mom (Bernice (Zimmel) Lifke). It goes ABOUT like this; One snowy day, Mom made it to work at Purity Cheese. (editor note: you dass not miss work or the farmers will not get paid). Billy plowed snow for Purity Cheese. One day Billy plowed Mom's car in at Purity Cheese. He waited atop the hill for Mom to come out after work. Billy saw Mom looking at the car (Oh My God, Oh My God...), so he drives down from atop the hill where he was watching and laughing; pulls alongside Mom's car and he drives up to Mom with the snowplow truck. Billy says, "Hey, Lady do ya need a little help?". Mom replies, "Oh Billy, I am so glad to see you, someone plowed my car in (not first knowing it was Billy that did it) ...". So after many belly laughs he plows her out and on her way home Mom goes. You see Billy always had lots of FUN in life; "SIMPLE CLEAN FUN". Billy told me a story at Mom's funeral meal. One day, he and another gentleman were plowing snow for the city of Mayville. The other gentleman (his name escapes me right now) came down Main street from the South. Billy, with a lady following behind him, came down Main street from the North. They were about to meet at the Stop-Go light; when all of a sudden they switched sides of the street in the intersection (like playing Chicken, but they TRUSTED each other and had done this many times before). The lady behind Billy, just about CR__PED her pants as she saw them switch sides and saw the other snow plow directly in front of her. She almost drove into the Dime store (today they call them the Dollar store). "SIMPLE CLEAN FUN"
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Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 2a After Mark shared the story of Billy plowing Mom's car in, Mark asked Dan Koepsell if Bill, he and I could carry the casket (it was a BRILLIANT RESPECTFUL LOVING IDEA). Thank you Mark! Up until that day, I had not heard that story. Dan, Mark and I went to the back room and Mark and I tried lifting a casket on our own. We could; but how far could we walk with it?; would it be icy, slippery?... (and many other things Mom would have worried about but GOD takes care of for US). Mark choose to carry with his right hand so I (Randy) took the left hand side and Billy would be steering in the back with both hands (like Uncle Alvin's combine with the steering in the back). In so it was, Mark wearing the Right Hand Black Deerskin Glove (being helped by Pa and Uncle Dan) he began to carry Mom home to her final resting place between Dad and Pa & Ma. I wearing the Left Hand Black Deerskin Glove, (being helped by Dad and Uncle Ottz) carried Mom's casket. Billy in the back, guided our way with his Black Deerskin Gloves (representing all others whom helped Mom throughout the years, even making her cry and then laugh again!)
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 4 Tyler and Brandon, I hope you were listening to Pastor Bratz! I hope the book, "LOVE YOU FOREVER" [ http://c1550162.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/126460538117na_love.mp3 ] that Grandma L. and Grandma C. and Mom and I read to you (and your MOM sang to you) comforts you. Take care of your MOTHER! GRANDMA, both your Grandma L. and Grandma C. want you to remember your FAMILY. TRUST in GOD he will lead you down a path, at times you will not know where you are going and what you should be doing but keep asking GOD for guidance. GOD has a path for each and everyone of us. We do not know what it is, that is why we need to keep asking. It is very confusing at times but DO NOT GIVE UP!!! I believe GOD has revealed to me more of my path and I TRUST him to show me the rest of the way.
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 5 I may not have shown you boys on the outside how spiritual I am but I am VERY spiritual on the inside. That comes from GrandPa Zimmel, your Great-GrandPa and from Great-GrandPa Julius Lifke. Great-GrandPa Julius Lifke came to America with his wife and 2 year old son, my Uncle Adolph, PaPa's brother. His wife was pregnant. While at Ellis Island she gave birth to a child whom died on Ellis Island while in quarantine. His wife also passed away on Ellis Island. As you can see, we all endure hardships in LIFE, some are very hard. I hope to someday get there and pay my RESPECTS to them. Great-GrandPa Julius Lifke, a Russian HEBREW, prayed to GOD to show him the Path. With GOD by his side, Great-GrandPa Julius Lifke continued on the Path set forth by GOD to Gillett WI, Town of Maple Valley, with Uncle Adolph. The place where PaPa was born. Here you boys are today. Continue along GOD's Path chosen for you. PaPa is a Marine, Semper Fidelis and together Grandma and PaPa are very proud of you boys and all of their GrandChildren and FAMILY. Just as they were very PROUD of Uncle Mark & I.
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 6 Remember, what PaPa said; "It is not a SIN being POOR but it is mighty unhandy!". - GOD will provide. Remember the sacrifices PaPa and others before you made, so that you could have a better life. Remember the Marine Corp. Motto, "GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY". Remember what Grandma would say; "Do not hold a grudge but rather kill them with KINDNESS".
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 6 Remember, what PaPa said; "It is not a SIN being POOR but it is mighty unhandy!". - GOD will provide. Remember the sacrifices PaPa and others before you made, so that you could have a better life. Remember the Marine Corp. Motto, "GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY". Remember what Grandma would say; "Do not hold a grudge but rather kill them with KINDNESS".
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 7 Please remember what I wrote to you for your confirmation. There are two SIMPLE commandments from which all others come from: LOVE GOD LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR Tyler & Brandon, I leave you with this: Listen with respect to the Father who raised you (editor note: that is GOD not me), and when your Mother grows old, don't neglect her. Proverbs 23:22 Thank you so much, LOVE YOU FOREVER! Randy P.S. If you think I wrote this you are incorrect. I was merely typing words inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT!
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 2a After Mark shared the story of Billy plowing Mom's car in, Mark asked Dan Koepsell if Bill, he and I could carry the casket (it was a BRILLIANT RESPECTFUL LOVING IDEA). Thank you Mark! Up until that day, I had not heard that story. Dan, Mark and I went to the back room and Mark and I tried lifting a casket on our own. We could; but how far could we walk with it?; would it be icy, slippery?... (and many other things Mom would have worried about but GOD takes care of for US). Mark choose to carry with his right hand so I (Randy) took the left hand side and Billy would be steering in the back with both hands (like Uncle Alvin's combine with the steering in the back). In so it was, Mark wearing the Right Hand Black Deerskin Glove (being helped by Pa and Uncle Dan) he began to carry Mom home to her final resting place between Dad and Pa & Ma. I wearing the Left Hand Black Deerskin Glove, (being helped by Dad and Uncle Ottz) carried Mom's casket. Billy in the back, guided our way with his Black Deerskin Gloves (representing all others whom helped Mom throughout the years, even making her cry and then laugh again!)
Randal Lifke left a message on January 25, 2016:
Part 4 Tyler and Brandon, I hope you were listening to Pastor Bratz! I hope the book, "LOVE YOU FOREVER" [ http://c1550162.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/126460538117na_love.mp3 ] that Grandma L. and Grandma C. and Mom and I read to you (and your MOM sang to you) comforts you. Take care of your MOTHER! GRANDMA, both your Grandma L. and Grandma C. want you to remember your FAMILY. TRUST in GOD he will lead you down a path, at times you will not know where you are going and what you should be doing but keep asking GOD for guidance. GOD has a path for each and everyone of us. We do not know what it is, that is why we need to keep asking. It is very confusing at times but DO NOT GIVE UP!!! I believe GOD has revealed to me more of my path and I TRUST him to show me the rest of the way.
Sharron Lifke Roffers left a message on January 23, 2016:
Uncle Arnie and Aunt Bernice you were both awesome people. You spread your love all over and it could be felt. You will be missed by many. There will be many welcoming you with hugs in Heaven. Now the two of you are together
Linda Wagner left a message on January 23, 2016:
My sympathy to you both Mark and Eileen, and your families. I have fond memories of your Mom and my Mom sharing stories, as they were great friends and classmates. Their birthdays where 10 days apart and I have priceless pictures of them together at parties at our house. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers
MaryAnn LaPine left a message on January 21, 2016:
We will certainly miss this lovely lady as well as her sons who visited often and were so supportive to mom and friendly with staff. :) MaryAnn and the AALR team.
David Finke left a message on January 21, 2016:
Please accept my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Don M. Lifke left a message on January 21, 2016:
I had the honor of visiting with my Dad's "Auntie Bernice" and "Uncle Arnie" while in Wisconsin in 2009. It was a visit I'll always remember. She gave me an invaluable packet of genealogy information from the Lifke side of my family. My Mother has added it to the extensive Ancestry.com family tree so that we can carry on the documenting of our amazing family history on both sides of my family. I am proud to be a part of the Lifke family. Perhaps Uncle Arnie and Auntie Bernice are having a chat with Vince Lombardi right about now ...
Shelby left a message on January 21, 2016:
My condolences to the whole family. I had the honor of taking care of both Arnold and Bernice. They were the cutest couple I have ever met. I used to walk with the both of them down to supper and Arnold always told me that I was his guardian angel and Bernice always held my hand and told me how special I was to her and how she was going to adopt me so I could be her daughter. They were wonderful to take care of and it was certainly an honor to do so.
Susan Kroll left a message on January 21, 2016:
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Susan Kroll left a message on January 21, 2016:
I am very sorry to hear about Auntie BB. Uncle Arnie and Auntie BB were amazing people and will be missed by many. But they are now reunited in Heaven with the Good Lord.
Randal Lifke left a message on January 20, 2016:
Loving Lord, I pray that You will be with my parents. I know You were with them before I was ever born. You were there when they were babies, and You are with them now in their old age. You will continue to carry them. You made them, and You will always be with them. Isaiah 46:3-4 Mom, Mark and I are comforted that you are now once again reunited with your "Sweetheart" of over 69 years. Both of us have been so PROUD that GOD choose you and Dad as OUR PARENTS. Mark and I have tried to live by the VALUES you instilled in us. We hope you are proud of us. Thank you for LOVING US ALWAYS. We will continue to be there for each other until GOD calls us to reunite with you. LOVE YOU, MOM & DAD FOREVER! Your sons, Mark Robert Lifke and Randal Jay Lifke Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don't neglect her. Proverbs 23:22
Koepsell Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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