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Bernice Wipf

Bernice Wipf obituary photoBernice Wipf, age 78, of Huron, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. Her funeral service will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 18th at Mt. Olivet Church with Rev. David Erdman and Rev. Rod Poppinga, officiating.  Burial will be in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery. 

Bernice Alice Kleinsasser was born July 19, 1936, to Sam D. and Susie Kleinsasser at Onida, South Dakota.  The family moved to Beadle County when she was just an infant.  She grew up and attended rural county school in Beadle County.

On January 10, 1954, Bernice married Iky W. Wipf at the Hutterthal Church, rural Carpenter.  They lived in Beadle County until they moved to Bloomfield Corner in Spink County in 1968. In 2009, they moved to Huron due to Bernice’s health issues.  In April 2013, she moved to the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home until the time of her death.

Bernice accepted the Lord as her Savior when she was 11 years old at revival meetings at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church.  Bernice faithfully attended the Prairie Bible Church (formally Hutterthal) where she was a member and served as Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teacher, librarian, choir member, President, and member of Ladies Aid, and anywhere else she was needed.  She was a faithful listener and supporter of Back to the Bible Broadcast.

Bernice was a fabulous cook/baker and prepared many banquets for CEF, Steer Inc., cooked for several camps and other functions.  She especially liked baking pies and preparing large meals for family gatherings.  She was head cook at James Valley Christian School for 5 years and worked as a waitress/cook at Magness Livestock Cafe and the Carpenter Community Cafe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, David, LaVerne and Eugene Kleinsasser; two sisters, Clara (Harry) Kleinsasser and Violet Decker; and four grandchildren, Jonathan Reno in 1980, Jessica Reno in 1981, Chelsea Baye in 1990, and Shawn Baye in 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Iky Wipf of Huron; three children; Ardelia (Bill) Reno of Huron, Kenroy (Sharla) Wipf of Yale, and Vilene (Daryl) Campbell of Huron; nine grandchildren, Jammie (Evelin) Reno of Huron, Jody (Melissa) Reno of Valley City, Ohio, Jared (Katie) Reno of Huron, Justin (Allison) Wipf of Huron, Ben (Becky) Wipf of Huron, Troy (Maria) Wipf of Sioux Falls, Natalie (Charles) Erling of Gilbert, Arizona, Audrey Wipf of Mitchell, and Heather (Jesse) Blue of Iroquois; three step grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie) Campbell of Lead, Jeremy Campbell of Corona, California, and Michele Gillespie of Stilwell, Oklahoma; twenty-two great-grandchildren, Samantha (Jerome) Akin of Aberdeen, Jonathan and Daniel Reno of Huron; Logan, Alexander and Sydney Reno of Valley City, Ohio, Jackson and Jillian Reno of Huron, Remington and Corbin Wipf of Huron, Sarah, Lydia, Issac, Grace, Abigail, and Joy Anna Wipf of Huron, Isabel Wipf of Sioux Falls, Garrett Wipf of Mitchell, Lily, Rexton, and Brycen Blue of Iroquois, and Dawson Baye-Johnson of Wessington Springs; eight step great-grandchildren, Grace, Anna, and Maeve Campbell of Lead, Isabella, Sophia, and Jackson Campbell of Corona, California, and Chloe and Caleb Gillespie of Stilwell, Oklahoma; one great great-grandchild, Abel Akin of Aberdeen; one sister, Ruth (Sam) Hofer; one brother-in-law, Waldo Decker; and three sisters-in-law, Susanne, Lorraine, and LaVonne Kleinsasser.

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