Bernice Zachow, age 95, passed away Fri., Feb. 4, 2011, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 12, 2011, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 11, 2011, and 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 12, 2011, at Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Fredric Hinz will officiate. Honorary casket bearer is Mike Nicholson. Casket bearers are Nick Kuphal, Brent Zachow, Jason Zachow, Ryan Grund, Eric Grund, Randy Trebelhorn, Steve Richer and Neil Vos.
Bernice Anna (Franke) Zachow was born on May 16, 1915, in Sibley Township, Sibley County. She was the daughter of Otto and Elsa (Lemke) Franke. Bernice was baptized as an infant on June 13, 1915, by the Rev. Schreiner, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 1, 1928, by Reverend Schlachtenhaufen, both at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sibley Township. She received her education at Sibley Township Country School.
On March 31, 1936, Bernice was united in marriage to Walter H. Zachow by Reverend E. Mueller at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sibley Township. After their marriage, the couple lived and farmed in the Gaylord area for 25 years. They moved into Gaylord in 1962. She was a dedicated housewife and mother. Bernice and Walter were blessed with 11 children. They shared 63 years of marriage before Walter passed away on January 27, 2000.
Bernice was a dedicated member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. In the past she was a member of the Altar Guild and the Ladies Aid.
Bernice enjoyed baking, playing cards, gardening, canning, bowling, sewing, sports, and dancing with her husband. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by her: sons, Allan Zachow and his wife, Donna of Gaylord, Roger Zachow of Gaylord, Dennis Zachow and his wife, Nita of North Augusta, SC, Ronald Zachow and his wife, Sandra of Winthrop, Walt Zachow Jr. and his wife, Lorie of Spokane, WA, and Gene Zachow and Annie Kregness of Duluth; daughters, Linda Zachow of Gaylord, JoAnn Zachow of Gaylord, Lois Grund and her husband, Orv of Watertown, SD, Sarah Kirsch and her husband, Ron of Gaylord, and Arlene Kuphal and her husband, Mark of Gaylord; grandchildren, Jodi Richer and her husband, Steve, Beth Trebelhorn and her husband, Randy, Heidi Zachow, Wendy Zachow, Brent Zachow and his wife, Susan, Heather Nicholson and her husband, Mike, Jason Zachow, Jessica Zachow, Ryan Grund and his wife, Julie, Eric Grund, Jennifer Vos and her husband, Neil, Whitney Kirsch, and Nick Kuphal and his wife, Lisa; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Jonathan, Courtney, Isabella, Sarah, Michael, Lauren, Ashley, Zachary, Alyssa, Lorelai, Aubrei, and Owen; sister, Mildred Henke of St. Peter; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elaine Franke of Gaylord, Helen Franke of Mayer, Arina Maser of Forest Lake, and Helen Winter and her husband, Bob of Richfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Elsa Franke; husband, Walter Zachow; sister, Saila Furch; brothers, Melvin, Clarence, Ernest, Sylvan Franke; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.