Bernice M. Moonen, 84

Bernice Marie “Meme” Moonen of Delano, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. She was 84 years of age.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28 at St. Maximilian Kolbe (St. Peter Campus) in Delano, with inurnment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Bernice was born June 9, 1936, to Wally and Emma (Blizil) Kotilinek in Maple Lake, MN.

Bernice graduated from Maple Lake High School in 1954. She was united in marriage to Kenneth J. Moonen, June 7, 1958, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake.

Bernice and Ken would later move to Loretto, MN, raising seven children, and then in 1974 Bern and Ken would move to their forever home in Delano, MN, and start J&J Glass and Glazing.

Wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend - Bernice was so much to so many! Bernice had superpowers ... one in particular was her power to make those around her feel better about themselves. As a testament to this, all 1.25 million of her grandchildren knew that they were her favorite.

Bernice loved sharing “her story,” dancing, playing cards, painting, gardening, and when needed, turning from angel to archangel wielding a fierce wooden spoon insisting that, “We have 10 acres - take it outside!” or “I am not driving to Waconia Hospital!”

Any gatherings of family or friends at the family round table brought Bernice great joy.

Until we meet again Bernice, mom, Meme ... your work here is complete, your legacy lives on in those you have touched, rest in peace.

Bernice was preceded in death by parents, Wally and Emma (Blizil) Kotilinek; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Don Demarais, Willy Bauman, Leroy and Marie (Wiebel) Moonen; and parents-in-law, Ben and Bernice (Pouliot) Moonen.

Bernice is survived by her husband of 200 years, Ken; sister, Bev Demarais; children, MaryJo (Ed) Schaust, Mark (Lisa), Dan (Paula), Ted (Joan), Jen (Steve) Brost, Dave (Katrina), Ben (Tina); grandchildren, Kate Schaust, Robert (Rachelle) Schaust, Tony Moonen, Max Moonen, Ellie Moonen, Danny Moonen, Claire Moonen, Kyle Moonen, Kelly Brost, Nikki (Evan) Litke, Zack Brost, Jake Brost, Clay (Alexa) Brost, Emma Moonen, Lily Moonen, Gracie Moonen; great-grandchildren, Eliason and Evelynn Schaust, Lucy Litke; treasured-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

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