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Bernice M. Miller, 91

Bernice Mae Miller, age 91, of Cokato, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the Cokato Manor.

Bernice was born May 16, 1924, in Bethel, the daughter of Anton and Alvera (Est) Peterson.

She attended Hutchinson school through the eighth grade. At the urging of her dad, she worked outside the home doing different things, but also served as her mother’s helper in the family home, most specifically with her youngest sisters.

She married Wilbert Richard Miller May 23, 1947. To this union, three children, Diann, Gary, and Richard, were born.

Bernice was proud of her role as homemaker and farmer’s wife. She always said her children were her life.

She was baptized in 1945 at Vineyard United Methodist Church, Hutchinson; and confirmed her faith before marriage at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township.

As a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, Bernice served with the quilters. She enjoyed the social activity and most notably, baking treats for their break time and honoring members’ birthdays.

She enjoyed sewing garments, and home décor in her younger years. When she was living on the farm, Bernice and Wilbert enjoyed dancing, bowling, and card parties.

Bernice had the gift of hospitality. Everyone was welcome at her table, and never left hungry! Her favorite activities included baking treats, and embroidering quilt tops and dishtowel sets. She especially loved visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Diann Mauk; and sons Gary (Jan), and Richard, all of Cokato; four grandchildren, Jeremy Miller of Waverly, Brenda Ferris of Buffalo, Chad (Kari) Miller of Delano, and Paul (Monique) Mauk of New Brighton; and seven great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by three sisters, Vernadean Navratil of Silver Lake, Janet (Don) Bergerson of Plymouth, and Judy Haekenkamp of Winsted; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilbert in 1968; brother, Marvin Peterson; sisters and their spouses, Betty (Harold) Welch, Fern (Floyd) Servin, and Mavis (Don) Welch; brothers-in-law Jim Navratil, and Hubert Haekenkamp; and infant sister, Yvonne.

Services took place Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato with the Rev. Tim Wheatley officiating. There was a time of gathering one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment was at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Middleville Township.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service handled the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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