Berniece M. Bode-Paul

Funeral services for Berniece M. Bode-Paul of Cedarburg will be held at 3 p.m. today, March 4, at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.

Berniece passed away at the age of 98 on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at the Lasata Care Center. Visitation will be held at the church today, from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Zur Ruhe Cemetery.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

Berniece Bode-Paul was born on April 15, 1909 in Antigo, the youngest of the three daughters of Etta and Charles Johnson.

She was joined in marriage to Arthur Paul in Antigo and that union was blessed with three sons: Arthur Clyde, Lynn Robert and Merritt Charles.

In 1940, the family sold their farm and many of their possessions and embarked on a new lifestyle. They settled in Cedarburg where they owned and operated the local Gamble Store until the early 1960s.

They were members of First Immanuel Lutheran Church throughout their lifetime as Cedarburg residents.

Berniece’s husband Arthur Paul preceded her in death in 1965.

Berniece married Daniel Bode in 1974. Daniel preceded her in death in 1990.

She was also preceded in death by both of her sisters and most recently her eldest son Arthur, in 2001.

Berniece was very artistic. She enjoyed painting, rug hooking, rug braiding, knitting and volunteering at Lasata Care Center for many years. She was "Volunteer of the Year" in 2001.

Berniece is survived by her sons Lynn (Leila) Paul of Cedarburg and Merritt (Carol) of Sun Prairie; and her daughter-in-law Audrey Paul of Cedarburg. She is further survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Berniece had been a close friend of Laura Lemke and Anita Fritz for many years since coming to Cedarburg.

Berniece was also preceded in death by her close friends Ina Lauterbach and Geriena Nierode.

The family of Berniece would like to thank the staff of Lasata Care Center for their care and compassion.

Memorials to First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg are appreciated.

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