- November 12, 1939 - February 27, 2017
- Gregory, South Dakota
of Bernita's Passing
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“Miss Bernita!Your smiling face was always a joy wherever you were!
1 of 8 | Posted by: Ann CARR - springview, NE
“Just wishing I had the opportunity to see Bernita and Ken more after we graduated from Burke High School. I will always remember the two of you and...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Gale Inglett - Roseville, CA
“I am sorry to heard of your Mom & love one passing away. We will all miss her here In Dallas
3 of 8 | Posted by: LeRay smith - Dallas, SD - Friend
“Berita was a wonderful person. I was glad to have gotten to know her. My prayers go out to all of her family. She made the world a much...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Mildred Kenzy - Iona, SD - Friend
“My deepest sympathies to the schweigert families.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
5 of 8 | Posted by: Debra Smith - Rapid City, SD
“some great memories of meeting Bernita hen I became a member of the neighborhood, attending school in the same building, skating parties at someone...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: wilma sachtjen - burke, SD
“Our sympathy to the family. Not only are we forever grateful to have had Bernita as part of our family but also as a part of our church family. The...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Merrill and Lynn McFayden - SD
“Bernita was a super lady and mother of one of my best friends. She will be greatly missed.
8 of 8 | Posted by: Shane "Sam" Moyer - Columbia, SC
Bernita was born November 12th, 1939 in Burke South Dakota. She was the first child born to Woodrow Roggow and June Anderson Roggow. After just 15 months, her brother Kenneth was born. They grew up on the family homestead near Lucas. Her first day of school, she ran home because she was afraid to be away from home. Her father said that was fine and she could wait until the following year when Kenny and her could go together. Bernita and her brother attended Smith Country School and Bernita enjoyed eating wild plums on her walk home from school. She attended Burke High School, graduating in 1959. Bernita was involved in 4-H and was a lovely seamstress, making many of her own clothes. Bernita attended the National Business School in Rapid City, completing the business program. She returned home and worked for the Northwestern National Bank in Gregory.
On January 13, 1964 Bernita married Bud Schweigert and from this union 5 sons were born. They included Brian (1964), Clark (1966), Todd (1969), Blake (1972) and Mark (1974). Bernita enjoyed the company of her neighbors in the Dallas community and raising five boys didn't allow for any dull moments. Bernita and Bud divorced in 1987.
For several years Bernita worked for the county nurse's office where she organized and assisted clients with paperwork and appointments. She enjoyed meeting new people and lasting friendships at the courthouse. She was also employed at Klein's True Value in Gregory. She considered her employer, co-workers, and customers family. She loved visiting with people, having many good conversations with them. Bernita loved taking trips to Wisconsins, spending time with family and enjoying a good thrift shop or two.
Bernita's deepest happiness was helping and spending time with her grandchildren. Each of them held a special place in her heart. She followed her grandchildren's sporting events, cheering them on from the bleachers at basketball and volleyball games. Seeing her great-grandchildren brought her joy. She cherished every gift, homemade card and sentiment shared by her youngest family members.
Bernita fought a courageous two-year battle with cancer. She made the most of her many medical appointments, using these trips as a means for quality time with her family. During a short stay at Silver Threads in Gregory, she enjoyed working on puzzles and the award winning 4th of July parade float. Bernita was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Bernita J. Schweigert, age 77, passed away peacefully at the Gregory Hospital in Gregory, SD on February 27, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her brother Kenneth and his wife Lois, her sons and their families including: Brian and Kris, grandchildren Landi & Schuyler, great grandchildren Eiley & Kiyah and Cora & Jordan; Clark, grandchildren Josh & Stephanie, great granddaughter Audrey; Todd and Alisa grandchildren Emma, Tyce & Ava, Blake and Shannyn grandchildren Christian, Shailhyn & Ryahna; Mark and Liz, grandchildren Taya, Reece, Sutton, Jaxson, Payton, Jema & Kingsley.
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Funeral services for Bernita Schweigert, 77, of Gregory, SD, were held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at Union Congregational Church in Gregory with Pastor Tim Voigt officiating. A visitation was held Friday evening at the church.
Music was provided by Pam Chambers, pianist. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." The Swift family sang "In the Garden" and "Until Then" accompanied by Michaela Johnson. Special music was Pam Chambers "He Hideth My Soul."
Cindy Bruns and Janice Smith were in charge of registration.
Flower attendants were Bernice Klein and Deb Serr.
Casket Bearers were Doug Roggow, Jerry Klein, Dan Vavra, Christian Schweigert, Shailhyn Schweigert, Ryahna Schweigert, and Emma Schweigert.
Honorary Casket Bearers were Bernita's grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Interment was in the Lucas Cemetery, Lucas, SD.