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Bernice M. Quaas, 77

Bernice M. Quaas, age 75, of Lester Prairie, and formerly of Watertown, died Tuesday Nov. 21, 2006 at the Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born Dec. 22, 1930 in Waconia Twp., Carver County, the daughter Carl and Mathilda (Gennrich) Prehn. Bernice was baptized Jan, 11, 1931 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. William F. Schneider. She was confirmed April 2, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. Elmer Schwandt.  

Bernice graduated from Watertown High School.

She was united in marriage to Otto A. Quaas April 23, 1949. After their marriage, the couple moved to Watertown and became members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Bernice was employed as a nurse’s aid for 21 years at Watertown Hospital until it closed. Later, she worked at Carlson Company and Young America Corp. Bernice retired in August of 2005 and moved to Lester Prairie to be closer to her family.

Bernice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Family was extremely important to her. She attended all extracurricular activities for her children, Barb and Gary, and felt that she gained another daughter when Mandy married Gary.

Bernice’s pride and joy were her grandchildren, Jenny and Jeremy. Her great-grandson, Joshua, referred to Bernice as “Big Gamma,” and nobody could rock him to sleep as she did.

Most importantly, Bernice had great faith in Jesus Christ; and the church was her solid rock. Her beliefs influenced her approach to daily life and to the way she lived the final days of her life. She was unafraid and ready for the next step to eternity.

Bernice served on the Altar Guild and was a former “Saint Lucia” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; parents Carl and Mathilda Prehn; father-in-law and mother-in-law Otto and Anna Quaas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Omer Schuettpelz, Marion and Frieda Quaas, Helen and Ernest Ohm, Emma and Bill Jopp, Gilbert Quaas, Fred and Bertha Quaas, Anna and Elmer Mielke, Leonard Henning, and Florence and Lelend Goede; and nieces and nephew Beverly Lund, Gerald Quaas, Carol Quaas, Linda Hilk.  

Bernice is survived by her loving family; daughter Barbara Quaas of St. Louis Park; son and daughter-in-law Gary and Mandy Quaas of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Jenny Quaas and fiancé Josh Barnett, and Jeremy Quaas; and great-grandson Joshua Steven.

She is further survived by sisters Myrtle Schuettpelz of Lester Prairie, and Gladys Pedersen of Norwood Young America; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ben and Lila Quaas of Mayer, Wallace and Sylvia Quaas of Chaska, and Mildred Honebrink of Belle Plaine; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Robert Ericson officiating. A chapel service took place Friday evening with the Rev. Beth Johnson officiating. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.

Honorary casket bearers were Jenny Quaas, Joshua Quaas, Josh Barnett, Kenneth Quaas, James Henning, Janis Feltmann, Carol Luedke, and Sharon Berry.

Casket bearers were Jeremy Quaas, Richard Feltmann, Don Luedke, Scott Berry, Dan Quaas, Mark Quaas, and Greg Quaas.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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