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Bernice Diedrich

January 6, 2013

Bernice Diedrich

Bernice E. Diedrich, age 87, of Miltona, died Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. William Stockman officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Kristi Wussow. Burial will take place at Parkers Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Bernice Elda Diedrich was born December 15, 1925, to Otto and Clara (Brockopp) Grothen in Folden Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm in Miltona Township and attended Country School District #73. Following her education she worked at Parkers Prairie Creamery and Anderson's Café. She was united in marriage to Harold Diedrich November 16, 1947, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Parsonage in West Miltona. Following their marriage they moved to Fargo where she worked as a waitress. They returned six months later to the Brockopp family farm in Otter Tail County. They purchased the Dreger family farm in 1955, where they lived and farmed until their retirement in 1992. Following their retirement, they moved into Miltona where they lived until Bernice moved to Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria in March of 2009. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in West Miltona and the Miltona V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, cooking, flower and vegetable gardening.

Bernice is survived by her husband of 65 years, Harold of Miltona; two sons, Michael (Terry) Diedrich of Garfield and Kelly (Michelle) Diedrich of Belgrade; three daughters, Karen (Paul Ditty) Diedrich of Alexandria, Brenda (David) Aydelotte of Cumberland, Maryland and Susan (Barry) Ness of Alexandria; two brothers, Gilbert (Ethel) Grothen of Parkers Prairie and Kenneth (Ardith) Grothen of Hanley Falls; two sisters, Verna (Delmar) Wilke and Carol (Richard) White both of Parkers Prairie; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; along with her large extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Norma and Evelyn; brother, Melvin; son, Ronald and daughter, Terry. Bernice had special memories of all family members who had passed and dearly missed her children who had gone before her.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Michael David Diedrich, Ryan Diedrich, Cody Meyer, Wade Meyer, Jacob Lewis, Lance Diedrich and C.J. Senger. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Jeanne Steidl, Amanda Mercado, Christine Friday, Shannon Diedrich, Tara Luedloff, Trish Lewis, Amanda Karsch, Hailey Ness and Teagan Diedrich.


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