Bernadine Achenreiner, 94
May 20, 1920 -- April 2, 2015

Bernadine Achenreiner nee SchulteisBernadine “Burnette” Achenreiner (nee Schulteis), age 94, of Richfield, passed away on April 2, 2015, at Serenity Villa in Slinger. She was born on May 20, 1920, in Richfield to Albert and Clara (nee Hennes) Schulteis. She met the love of her life John Achenreiner and they married on Sept. 28, 1940, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) of Richfield where Bernadine was a member for more than 80 years.

Burnette was an excellent hostess, cook and baker. She was known for being the matriarch of the family and kept the family together throughout the years. She raised sheep for more than 60 years with her husband and was the shepherd watching over her flock. Bernadine was passionate about her garden and loved riding her lawn mower. The grandchildren and great-grands were the love of her life. They referred to her as Grandma Dokey. Burnette enjoyed traveling with her husband John, especially visiting the relatives in Austria.

Bernadine is survived by her two children, Diane (Allen) Spaeth and Karen (Gene) Reiter, both of Richfield; two grandchildren, Eric (Sherry) Reiter and John (Hope) Reiter; four greatgrandchildren, Alyna, Cade, Khyla and Cole Reiter; siblings, Margaret Held, Eleanor Mergener, Clara Mae Bayer and Marilyn (Theodore) Merten; and sisters-in-law, Alice Schulteis and Leila Schulteis. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, Godchildren and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; husband John; parents- in-law, Joseph and Sophia Achenreiner; grandchildren, Angela and Brent Reiter; brothers (infant) Peter, Theodore (Adela), Albert Jr. and Ralph; brothers- in-law, Richard Held, Thomas Mergener and Gilbert Bayer; nephew, Randall Mergener; and grandnephew, Sean Held.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church (200 East Washington St., Slinger, 53086) on Friday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard J. Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the Mass. A private family interment will take place at St Mary’s Cemetery in Richfield. Memorials to the St. Peter Catholic Church Building Fund are appreciated, or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Serenity Villa of Slinger and Horizon Hospice for all their care and compassion they provided Bernadine. Also, thank you to Father Rick and Pastor Joe (from Serenity Villa) and all those who visited Bernadine during her journey.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at