Bernice Frances Hernikl

Bernice Frances Hernikl, 79, of Tomahawk, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007 while driving home from Minneapolis following a lifelong dream trip to Alaska.

Bernice was born April 2, 1928 in Milwaukee to Walter and Theresa Bykowski.

She was an active former member of St. Casimir Catholic Church and a graduate of Riverside High School in Milwaukee.

Following graduation, she moved to West Bend, where she met and married Andrew Hernikl and raised their four children - Linda, Kenneth, Keith and Terri.

Bernice was a stay-at-home mom until Keith entered grade school, when she gained employment with Montgomery Ward, and later with the West Bend Co., where she worked until her retirement.

In 1980, Andy and Bernice bought the Mistletoe Inn in Tomahawk, with their son Keith managing the business.

In 1990, Andy and Bernice moved to Tomahawk permanently to live out their golden years in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin.

Bernice was a very active volunteer and tirelessly put her service to the Lord and family before herself.

She was a very dedicated volunteer for St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School, involved with the Civil War Reenactment Group in West Bend, was a volunteer with Sacred Heart Hospital, and was also active with various civic activities in Tomahawk.

Survivors include her husband, Andrew "Andy;" her children, Linda Williamson of Elk-hart Lake, Ken Hernikl of Mercer, and Terri (Lance Lewandowski) Hernikl of Manitowish Waters; three grandchildren, Jamie (Cory) Kordosky of Oshkosh, Jo-leen Berardi of Virginia Beach, Va. and Jacob Hernikl of Toma-hawk; a sister, Lucile Ratkowski of Florida; and a brother, Walter Bykowski Jr. of Florida.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest son, Keith, on Dec. 23, 2006.

A Memorial Mass for Bernice Hernikl will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tomahawk, with Father John Anderson officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from noon until the hour of Mass at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Tomahawk.

Krueger & Sons Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting the family.