Bernice L. Jahnke

Bernice L. Jahnke, 105, of Tripoli, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Tripoli Nursing Home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli with Rev. Marilyn J. Sargent officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until services time at the church on Wednesday. Interment will follow at Faith United Church of Christ Cemetery.  

Bernice Laclaire, daughter of W.W. and Ethel Bowen Simpson, was born October 3, 1907, at Janesville, Iowa. On November 19, 1948, she was united in marriage with Herbert W. Jahnke at Rockford, Illinois. Bernice worked for many years at O’Brien’s Sundries, a drug store in Tripoli. She was also very active in Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.

She is survived by a daughter, Marlys (L. Ray) Bailey of Roseburg, Oregon; five grandchildren; several great, great great,  great great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert on February 25, 2000; a daughter, Vanada Jahnke on August 6, 2006; a son, Gene Sells on November 2, 2011; three sisters; and two brothers.


Diane Larochelle on June 12, 2013 at 3:29 AM said:

To family,

Please accept my sincere condolences,

God’s Word, the Bible, provides the greatest comfort of all. The Christian apostle Paul stated: “I have hope toward God . . . that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15) Thinking about the Bible-based hope of a resurrection can be the greatest comfort while grieving the loss of a loved one. We should never forget that Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart.”—Psalm 34:18.
Carol Lynn Soldwisch Bruns on June 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM said:

My mother, Selma Jahnke Soldwisch, was a niece of Herb Jahnke and although I didn't know Bernie very well, I did visit her at the nursing home in Tripoli about three years ago with my cousin Sue Steinberg. Bernie remembered my mom and dad with a couple of stories which I appreciated.. Blessings to all who made the funeral arrangements for this lovely lady.

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