Bernice R. Strauss, age 92, of Winsted passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was born on April 25, 1922 in Hale Township, McLeod County to Frank and Josephine (Pawlak) Lewandowski. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Adalbert’s Church in Silver Lake, MN. She attended District #25 Pleasant Hill School.
On Sept, 4, 1944 she married Leo Strauss and their marriage was blessed with four children.
Bernice worked at Tonka Toys in Mound, MN for 15 years, she did housecleaning and also cleaned the Winsted Clinic for Dr. Kiefer for 17 years.
Bernice was a longtime volunteer at St. Mary’s Nursing Home. She belonged to the Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Anne’s Society, St. Mary’s Auxillary and Holy Trinity CCW.
Bernice loved gardening, cooking, baking and house cleaning. She also enjoyed quilting with the quilters and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Priscilla Habisch, Patty Strauss, Kenny Strauss, and Jerry (Deb) Strauss, all of Winsted; grandchildren: Lynn (Dan) Barney, Ricky (Cindy) Habisch, Terry Habisch (Candy), Patti Habisch (Jeremy Ross) and Matt (Katie) Strauss.
She is further survived by great-grandchildren: Cody Barney, Dustin Barney, Nick Habisch, Courtney Habisch, Tyler Habisch, Brandon Habisch, Gracie Ross, Jacob Ross, Carter Strauss, Emma Jo Strauss, and baby Strauss on the way; brothers: Ben (Jean) Lewandowski of Lester Prairie and Larry (Della) Lewandowski of Glencoe, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leo, her parents, sister and brother-in-law Irene and George Herbert, brother and sister-in-law Albin and Leona Lewandowski, sister-in-law Irene Mallak and son-in-law Dick Habisch.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul Schumacher will be the celebrant.
Visitation will be Monday beginning at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Casket Bearers will be Dustin Barney, Cody Barney, Nick Habisch, Courtney Habisch, Tyler Habisch, Brandon Habisch and Matt Strauss
Interment will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted assisted the family with arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com