June 27, 2019 – Random Lake, WI – Bernice M. Wiskerchen (nee Schmidt), 94, of Random Lake, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 26 2019. Bernice was born July 6, 1925 near Little Kohler, the daughter of John and Leona Huiras Schmidt. She was baptized at Mother of Sorrow (St. Mary’s) Church in Little Kohler.
Later, the family moved near Random Lake where she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Random Lake High School with the class of 1941. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the State Bank of Random Lake before she married Alvin Wiskerchen on September 7, 1946 at St. Mary’s Church in Random Lake. They settled on the Wiskerchen homestead in Fredonia where they raised their family and farmed together until Alvin’s death on May 7, 1987.
Bernice enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, cooking and traveling, but most of all, spending time with her family.
Bernice is survived by her son Robert (Margaret) Wiskerchen of Fredonia, WI and daughter Jane (Ward) Weaver of Mesa, Arizona; five grandchildren: Katie (Dave) Schmidt of Cedarburg, WI, Sarah (Michael) Pinzl of Cedarburg, WI, Nicholas (Sara) Wiskerchen of Washington DC, Anne (Jeff) Rierson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jacob (Abby) Wiskerchen of Fort Collins, Colorado; four great-grandchildren: Max and Sam Schmidt and Delaney and Lillian Pinzl; her sisters: Doris Mueller and Virginia Bittner; sister-in-law Jo Ann Schmidt; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Alvin, and their infant son, Gary, Bernice is preceded in death by parents, her father and mother-in-law (Nicholas and Margaret Wiskerchen), her brother Jack Schmidt; brother and sister-in-laws: Herbert Mueller, Wilbert Bittner, Alfred and Marion Wiskerchen-Haen and LeRoy and Doris Wiskerchen.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bernice’s life by joining us for a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 5330 County Road B, Belgium, with Rev. Gideon Buya presiding. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Little Kohler. The family will greet visitors on Saturday, at the church from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Horizon Hospice are appreciated.
Bernice and her family would like to extend a special note of gratitude to the exceptional staff for the care she received over the last 2 years at Ellen’s Home and most recently, Horizon’s Hospice. We would also like to acknowledge all the family and friends who supported her and her family during this time.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.