Bernice Brauninger was born on February 19, 1927 on a farm in Morgan Township, north of Danbury, the daughter of George and Katherine (Jansen) Botcher.
She attended Pat King country school eight years, then attended the Anthon High School for two years and Correctionville High School the last two years, taking normal training. She graduated salutatorian of her class. She later attended Wayne State Teacher's College and Iowa State Teacher's College. She taught rural school, and also spent one summer working for the government during the World War in Los Angeles in the defense department shipping out parts. She worked alongside Italian war prisoners who helped with the larger boxes. She also worked at Genelle's Studio before her marriage.
On November 9, 1956 she married Lewis Brauninger in Battle Creek, Iowa. After their marriage, they lived on a farm near Correctionville. About three years after their marriage, the couple adopted Fred (8) and Clark (7). After retiring from farming in 1986, Lewis and Bernice traveled in their 5th wheel to most of the states and many provinces across Canada. They belonged to the Good Sam Club, and were members of the Methodist Church. Bernice served as Kedron Township clerk for 22 years.
Bernice was an active member of the church, where she served on the board Pastor Parish, delegate to conference, lay leader, held every office in U.M.W., taught Sunday School, Bible School, was a Youth Director, and also a member of Town and Country.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her only sister, Adeline.
Survivors include her sons, Fred Brauninger of Correctionville and Clark and Ruth Brauninger of Correctionville; five grandchildren, Candy and husband Pat Langschwager, Ryan and wife Summer Brauninger, Beau and wife Heather Brauninger, Kady and husband Brian Smith, and Nikki Bauer; nine great grandchildren, Morgyn and Mayson Langschwager, Sydney, Colin and Cael Brauninger, Cloe and Xoe Brauninger and Jordan and Logan Bauer; and three nieces and a nephew.