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“I have such wonderful fond memories of Sherly and Bernice, from the day we first met them at a Winter family reunion at Worthington Minn. many years...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Phyllis Winter Beving - AZ

“I will always treasure the weekly visits I shared with Bernice. I looked forward to them. She was quite the lady. She became more than a patient.....Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Bev Graesser - Dallas, SD

“You will be missed dear Aunt Bernice, but oh what a party you are having with loved ones! ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Julie Mechaley - Rapid City, SD

“I was so sad to hear the news of the passing of this beautiful. Sherly and Bernice were good friends of my parents Vernon and Ann Jamison as they...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Carol (Jamison) Painter - NE


Bernice Feyereisen Winter was born March 2, 1913 to Henry and Elvira (Anderson) Feyereisen on the family farm north of Dixon, SD. She was third of six children. Growing up Bernice and her brother Bill were inseparable as they played, did chores, and rode horses together. Bernice attended Lincoln School through the eighth grade. She attended one year of high school in Gregory and enjoyed learning to cook and sew in her Home Economics class.

On November 17, 1934 Bernice married Sherly Winter in Winner and to this union three children were born—Virgie, Marlo, and Genice. For several years they made their home near Dixon. In 1938 they moved to Bonners Ferry, ID. They later moved back to SD to work on a turkey farm near Platte and while there Virgie died at age six. Sherly and Bernice then began farming and ranching in the Hamill area. Bernice was a skilled seamstress and made clothes for herself and her family.

Bernice and Sherly enjoyed traveling, neighborhood parties, dancing, and playing cards. They enjoyed square dancing and Bernice was treasurer of the South Dakota Square Dancing Association. Bernice was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Hamill and later became a member of St. John Lutheran Church. After retirement they spent many winters in Arizona. They moved to Gregory in 1983. Sherly passed away in December of 1991. They had been married for 57 years.

Bernice was proud of the fact that she had visited all 50 states. On her 80th birthday she took a hot air balloon ride over Sioux Falls. Bernice stayed active and in her 82nd year she won a walking trophy. At 83 she took a helicopter ride over the Badlands and at 84 she decided to jump on a trampoline. Still enjoying travel she went to Idaho at the age of 87 with her son and daughter. The highlight of the trip was seeing the log cabin that she helped Sherly build. Bernice enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and ceramics. Bernice delighted in cooking and entertaining for family, neighbors, and friends throughout her life.

In January of 2012 Bernice moved to Silver Threads Assisted Living. In 2013 the family had a party at Silver Threads to celebrate Bernice's 100th birthday. Due to declining heath she moved to Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in June of 2015. Bernice passed away August 29, 2015 at the nursing home at the age of 102.

Bernice was the last surviving member of her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Sherly, daughter Virgie, three brothers William, Virgil, and Vincent, and two sisters Louise Kuil and Donna Palmer.

She is survived by son Marlo (Betty) of Gregory, daughter Genice (Mike) of Colton, SD; four grandchildren Linda (Joe) Kern, Mark (Denise) Winter, Erik Rodne, and Matthew (Katie) Rodne; eleven great grandchildren Abigail, Rebekah, Sarah, Sonja, Scott, Brandon, Grant, Leif, Jaden, Lukas, and Kaleb; four great great grandchildren Kyla, Kiera, Cheyenne, and Mason; and many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

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Funeral services for Bernice Winter, 102, of Gregory, were held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory with Pastor Jared Nies officiating. A visitation and prayer service was held Friday evening at the church.

Connie Hall and Emily Henderson were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Leanne Sinclair and Diane Althoff.

Music was provided by Melanie Hannahs, organist, and John Jacobsen, soloist, singing "How Great Thou Art" and " Asleep in Jesus." The great grandchildren sang "In the Garden." Congregational songs were "How Firm a Foundation" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."

Scripture Readings were from Isaiah 46:3-4, Romans 6:3-10, and Matthew 11:25-30.

Casket Bearers were Steve Kubik, Brian Henderson, Allen Schwandt, Boyd Boerner, Arlyn Feyereisen, and Tom Hall.

Honorary Casket Bearers were the daughters of Bernice's dearest friends.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Gregory, SD.