July 15, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Bernice M. Kertscher (nee Stemper), 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Ivy Manor in West Bend. She was born on September 27, 1925 in Waubeka, WI to Michael and Catherine (nee Walters) Stemper. She graduated from Waubeka grade school. Bernice married her love, the late Melvin Kertscher on May 1, 1942. While married she was a housewife and worked at Power Products in Grafton for 22 ½ years until her retirement on January 29, 1988. Bernice enjoyed Bingo and adult coloring.
Bernice is survived by her three sons, Ronald (Joan), Floyd (Helen), Robert (Vicki); daughter, Joyce Haeuser; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Kertscher. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bernice is preceded in death by her husband Melvin, sons Melvin Jr. and Lawrence, daughter Jean Mansfield, grandson Michael Kertscher, her parents, sisters Lucille (Frank) Bria and Helen (John) Stadler, brother Bill (Mildred) Stemper and her brothers-in-law Allen Kertscher, Raymond (Ruby) Kertscher, Willmer (Anne) Kertscher.
A Funeral Service will be at 1:00PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend, WI 53095). Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.. Interment to follow her service at the Fillmore Union Cemetery.
A special thank you to the staff of Preceptor Hospice.