Rosemary Berns

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Rosemary Berns, age 82, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, of a sudden illness. She was born in the spring of 1939, on the 19th day of June to Lawerence and Emma (Overman) Bonert. She would later go on to marry Aloys Berns on May 18, 1958. They were united in marriage at the St.’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, and to this union six children were born.


After the children were born, she endured the loss of two of her boys, James and Stanley, none of which stopped her from obtaining her high school GED. From there, while raising her babies and mourning the loss of her sons, she was able to go back to school and got her LPN degree.


Rosemary went on to work for many nursing homes surrounding the Guttenberg area. She also worked for the nuns and cared for them.


As the years went by, she spent many winters just her and her best friend and companion, her dog Skipper, driving back and forth to Weslaco, Texas. It was said anyone who tried to stop her from going would have quite the fight on their hands.


Left to cherish her memories are her children, Mary Berns, Richard (Benneva) Berns, Michael (Cherrie) Berns and Marty Berns; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Rachel (Jason) Huber, Jayden, Reagan and Ryan (Morgan) Berns, Lilly, Miles and Jeramiah Berns, Mikailla Pineda and Sonsaray, Lando; one brother, Larry Bonert of Dubuque; plus many other relatives and friends.


Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents, husband Aloys in 2013 and two sons, James and Stanley Berns.


Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 6. Funeral service will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7, Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

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