Mildred Modell Berna

Mildred Modell Berna (nee Cunningham), 79, our beloved mother and earth Angel, finished her calling on earth and God called her home on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1926 in Soper, Okla., to the late John and Mary (nee Burnett) Cunningham.

She moved to Milwaukee after meeting the love of her life, the late Charles Colby in 1945. They were married for 36 years.

She was a stay at home mom and raised their five daughters.

In the late 1960s Mildred worked in the dining room at A. O. Smith and Dutchland Dairy Restaurant in Milwaukee.

She met her second love, the late Ambrose Berna in 1980 and later moved to West Bend. They were married for 14 years.

She was a volunteer for many years at the Samaritan Health Center where she eventually called home.

Survivors include five daughters, Mary Annette (Charles) Woodhull of West Bend, Charlotte (Don) Wolff of Van Dyne, Jeanette (Glenn) Nichols of West Bend, Terrie Colby of Antigo and Cheryl (Steven) Lawrenz of West Bend; stepchildren, Gregory (Karen) Berna of Omaha, Neb., Beverly Koss of Milwaukee, Gerard (Irene) Berna of Fond du Lac, Claudia (Mark) Gross of Sussex, Mark (Sue) Berna of Germantown and Anthony (Aimee) Berna of Menomonee Falls.

She is further survived by her grandchildren, John (Amanda) Woodhull and their three children of Chippewa Falls, Jerry (Dicy) Wolff and their seven children of Horicon, Jeana Kemppainen and her two children of West Bend, Debra Wolff and her four children of Fond du Lac and Michael (Heather) Nichols of West Bend; 13 step-grandchildren; two step- great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Ruth) Cunningham of Midwest City, Okla. and a host of many nieces, nephews, friends and her extended family at Generations Christian Fellowship Church of West Bend.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her two husbands, Charles and Ambrose; two brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend.

Rev. Leo Bailey will officiate, and interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery of Milwaukee on Wednesday, at 10 a.m.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Foundation or Generation Christian Fellowship Church.

Our family wishes to thank Dr. Muth and all the wonderful nurses, aides and volunteers at the Samaritan Health Center for their outstanding care and love for our mother.