1921-2012

Bernice Emma Schroeder, 91, of Manning, died Tuesday Oct. 30, 2012.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning.

The Rev. Jonathon Conner will officiate.

Music will be “How Great Thou Art,” “Heaven Is My Home” and What a Friend We Have in Jesus” sung by the congregation, and organist will be Carly Stribe.

Casket bearers will be Barry Kusel, Brad Kusel, Dave Kusel, Thomas J. Schroeder, Clifford ‘Eddie” Drozda V, Tammy Drozda and Emma Joy Drozda.

Honorary casket bearers are Roger Hansen, Joy Hansen, Jim Hansen, Vernon Hansen, Al Sattler and Duane Karsten.

Burial will be at Manning Cemetery.

Bernice Emma, daughter of Carl “Emil” and Caroline (Plahn) Karsten, was born March 24, 1921, on the family farm 1¾ miles north of Manning in Carroll County.

Her mother died of the flu five weeks after giving birth so Bernice was raised by her dad’s twin August Karsten and his wife Bertha. She joined their two children Leona and Harry on the Karsten family farm northwest of Manning.

Bernice attended rural schools until age 13 when she moved back to her father’s farm to manage the home and help with farm work.

On March 27, 1940, Bernice married Harold Schroeder at the Lutheran parsonage in Manning. They lived with and cared for her father until his death in 1949. Bernice and Harold were the parents of two sons, Thomas Harold and David William.

Bernice was a homemaker, caring for their children and helping on the Karsten/Schroeder farm northwest of Manning. Harold retired in 1982 after their son David took over the farming operation. Bernice and Harold moved into their new home in Manning in 1987.

Bernice was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Manning where she was baptized, confirmed and a loyal lifetime member. She was also a member of Homemakers Club and Homemakers Past Presidents. Bernice enjoyed playing cards with friends, many types of handiwork and following the sporting events of her children. Above all, she relished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Harold died in 1998, and David died the next year. Bernice continued to live independently in their home in Manning.

She is survived by her son Thomas H.  Schroeder and his wife, Katherine Jo Betts of Lakewood, Colo.; grandson Thomas Jacob Schroeder of Evergreen, Colo.; granddaughter Tamara Leigh Drozda of Evergreen, Colo.; great-grandchildren Clifford “Eddie” Drozda V and Emma Joy Drozda both of Evergreen, Colo.; and other relatives and friends.

Bernice is preceded in death by her husband Harold; son David; sister-in-law Elaine (Alvan) Hansen; brother-in-law Orren (Geraldine) Schroeder and cousins with whom she grew up Leona (Bill) Brus and Harry (Alice) Karsten.