Bernice A Johnson was born June 25, 1918 to Carl and Emma (Schmidt) Wiese in Cherokee County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Meriden School in 1936.
Bernice married Theodore (Ted) Johnson May 29, 1941, and this union produced two sons, Theodore C. and Donald W. Bernice also raised Ted's two young children from his first wife, Douglas T. and Ann L.
Bernice helped Ted in the Paint and Wallpaper store, and she was also an avid reader, letter writer and quilter, and enjoyed many other craft project as well. She taught Sunday school, and was President of the Ladies' Aid and active in Workshop at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Bernice did a lot of traveling ,and enjoyed the companionship of many other travelers. She was also always ready for a card game.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Johnson;a grandson, Steven D. Johnson, a son-in-law, RJ Meylor, and a great-granddaughter, Tammy Mansfield.
She is survived by her sons, Theodore and his wife Carol of Rock Island, Ill., Donald and his wife Sandy of Naperville, Ill., Douglas and his wife Pam of Tallahassee, Fla. and a daughter, Ann Meylor of Le Mars;10 grandchildren: Christina Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Julianne Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Theodore G Johnson of Champaign, Ill., Wade Johnson and his wife Laura of Tallahassee, Melanie Sembler and her husband Clayton of Tallahassee, Florida, Bob Meylor and his wife Lori, Patty Mansfield and her friend John Jacobson, Theresa Walsh and Debbie Heidbrink , all of Le Mars; Sue Miller and her husband Steve of Sioux City; 24 Great Grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren, a brother, Donald Wiese and his wife Vera of Larrabee; a special 'member to the family,' Joleen Kemper of Honolulu Hawaii; other relatives, and a host of friends.