Bernice Elsie Schoenfeld (nee Steinke), 97, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Renaissance Assisted Living in Appleton. Her son Rick, daughter in-law Robin, and her friend Pamela Dodge were at her side.

Bernice was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Plymouth, Wis., to Anton and Mathilde (Steinhardt) Steinke. She was the youngest of five children. Her siblings Aleta (Paske), George, Edward, Evelyn (Justinger) preceded her in death.

Bernice is survived by her son, Richard (and wife, Robin) of Castle Rock, Colo.; her grandson, Adam Schoenfeld of Aurora, Colo.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bernice grew up in Plymouth and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1934. The Steinke family were devout Christians and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

She had known her husband, Donald Francis Schoenfeld, since childhood as they were both classmates and members of St. John’s. They were married Oct. 11, 1947, in Plymouth and were absolutely devoted to each other. Don passed away Feb. 6, 1987.

She worked at Borden’s in Plymouth until 1952 when Don received a job offer in Appleton. Shortly after arriving in Appleton, Bernice became a full-time mom. They joined Faith Lutheran Church in its infancy and were lifelong members. Both Bernice and Don were extremely active in the church and loved helping out in any needed capacity. Bernice’s selfless spirit also helped other volunteer organizations throughout the local community. She later was employed for several years by Hallmark Cards on College Avenue in downtown Appleton.

Bernice and Don loved to travel. Before air travel became popular, they took many family vacations driving across almost every one of the lower 48 states. When Don retired, they vacationed in Hawaii, Europe, and Africa.

Bernice had fun playing cards – especially sheepshead (or schafskopf) and canasta. An occasional trip to the casino was also relished. Her artistic creations included rosemaling and knitting.

Her faith in God was unwavering and the pillar of her life. Bernice was a paragon of “living your faith” and was an exemplary embodiment of how to lead a Christian life. Her kind and generous soul as well as her sharp wit will be sorely missed by all of those who knew her. She made many friends at The Renaissance in the last few years of her life and all who met her there loved her.

Burial will be next to her beloved husband, Don, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the gravesite. The Rev. Paul Brinkman from Faith Lutheran Church in Appleton will be presiding. All are welcome.

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