Bernice Mary Gehlen, age 93, of Hutchinson, formerly of Silver Lake, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016.
She was born Dec. 10, 1922, to Henry W. and Mary A. (Matousek) Podrasky.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Bernice was a faithful servant of her church and community. She was a hard worker who enjoyed gardening, canning, and connecting with friends and family on Facebook. She was a individual who had endless energy.
Bernice was very precise on how she cooked and did her canning, having a motto of: “Quality ingredients results in a quality product.”
Bernice was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
She married the love of her life, Joseph W. Gehlen June 15, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The two built their business, Gehlen Farm Service, together in Silver Lake.
They were blessed with five children, Joseph, Mark, Mary, Paul and Jon.
Bernice enjoyed living at The Pines in Hutchinson, and being involved in many activities while living there, including the bell ringing choir and Wii bowling. She started the welcoming club and book club.
Bernice also made sure everyone had a friend, finding ways energize people through exercise class, bingo, and keeping running averages for Wii bowling. She loved to keep things organized.
Bernice was active in the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Lions Clubs, Rosary Sociality, St. Joe’s (Holy Family) Quilting, and the Holy Family CCW.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Gehlen; parents, Henry and Mary Podrasky; infant brother, Henry Podrasky; and twin great-grandsons, Willem and Thomas Gehlen.
Bernice is survived by her children, Joseph (Pam) Gehlen, Mark (Paula) Gehlen, Mary (Tom) Quiring, Paul (Dianne) Gehlen, and Jon (Jennifer) Gehlen; grandchildren, Joe (Leanne) Gehlen, Lindsay (Matt) Wegge, Sean (Angie) Gehlen, Megan (Eric) Skarnes, Jacque Gehlen, Keith Quiring, Eric Quiring, Grant Gehlen, John Quiring, Kate Gehlen and Brooke Gehlen; great-grandchildren, Joey, Natalie, Mae, Elise, Olivia, Ella, Audrey, and Jacob “JW;” and other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Paul Schumacher as celebrant. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Visitation was Wednesday, April 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary and CCW prayers at 5 p.m., and parish prayers at 7:30 p.m.
The quilters of Holy Family Catholic Church were honorary casket bearers.