Bernice R. Baldauf
September 5, 1931 – January 7, 2023
Bernice Rose Johnson was born September 5, 1931, in Hazel Dell Township in Iowa to Marvin and Cecile (Hutchison) Johnson. She was the oldest of 5 children in a farming family living in the Hazel Dell Township during the depression years and as her father helped farm family farms. The family settled on a farm in Persia, Iowa eventually in the 1940’s. She graduated Valedictorian from Persia High School in 1950. After high school graduation, she moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa and worked as a secretary and met her husband, Ralph Baldauf, roller skating at the local roller-skating rink. On December 13, 1953, Bernice married Ralph E. Baldauf at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, IA.
Bernice liked to cook, sew and worked in the home while raising 6 kids. She was an avid gardener of fruits and vegetables in the backyard and planted many flowers in the yard. She worked as a teacher’s aide in the Reading Services room and in the cafeteria during lunch at Oak Valley Elementary School when all of her kids were school aged.
Bernice was active at her church bible studies, women’s group and Horizon Club at Lutheran Church of the Master. She also provided food for funerals or other groups as needed at the church. She helped with girl scouts and boy scouts when her children were active.
Bernice passed away peacefully with her family gathered on January 7, 2023, at her home at Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages in Papillion, Nebraska She received wonderful care from the staff at Hillcrest Cottages and Hillcrest Hospice at the end of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; infant son, George Marvin; great-granddaughter AnJaliquie Ruckman; brother, Duane Johnson; sister Mildred Miller; brother-in-law, Chester Baldauf; sisters-in-law, Rosie Baldauf and Mary Gilson.
Survived by daughters: Karen (Tom) Buntin of Moore, OK, Katie (John) Ruckman of Omaha, NE, Jan (Pete) Whittier of Myrtle Beach, SC, Donna (Bogart) Nomad of Elkhorn, NE; sons, Jim (Gina) Baldauf of Lenexa, KS and Steve (Julie) Baldauf of Omaha, NE; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Bob Miller of Atlantic, IA, Dwell Gilson of Council Bluffs, IA.; sisters, Mary (Keith) Peterson of Shelby, IA and Eileen (Frank) Killpack of Neola, IA.
Visitation: January 11th, 5-7pm, at Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler 7805 W Center Rd Omaha
Funeral: January 12th, 10:30am, at Lutheran Church of the Master East Campus, 2617 S 114th St Omaha
Interment: 2pm at Garner Township Cemetery in Council Bluffs, IA.
Memorial contributions to Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, Special Olympics Nebraska, Nebraska Spina Bifida Inc, or NAMI.