Bernice J. Christensen (nee LaFratta)

Nov. 30, 1935 June 15, 2012

Bernice J. Christensen (nee LaFratta), a lifelong Waukesha resident, died Friday, June 15, 2012, at River Hills West Healthcare Center at the age of 76. She was born in Waukesha on Nov. 30, 1935, the daughter of Angelo and Violet (nee Migach) LaFratta.

Bernice worked for 29 years at Avalon Square in Waukesha. She was a member of the Waukesha Deaf Organization and the Southeast Wisconsin Deaf Seniors Group. Bernice was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She will be sadly missed by her five children, David (Diane) Christensen, Joseph (Susan) Christensen, Madonna Hoover-Christensen, Paul (Denise) Christensen and Ann (John) Siverling; her eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Dylan) Johnson, Ashley Christensen, Ryan Christensen, Alison Christensen, Jason Christensen, Amanda Siverling, Emily Christensen and Christopher Siverling; and one great-grandchild, Caleb Johnson. She is further survived by her brother, Dennis (Sandy) LaFratta, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Angelo LaFratta, and most recently by her mother, Violet Tinnes, on April 27, 2012.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and all of the staff at River Hills West, Seasons Hospice and Heartland Hospice for all of the compassionate care they provided to Bernice.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Monday, June 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Christopher Klusman will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.