Bernice Alma Augusta Raeder, age 89,of the Town of Sheboygan Falls, WI passed away Monday evening, December 8, 2014, of an apparent heart attack.

Bernice was born on May 8, 1925 in the Town of Sheboygan Falls, WI, the youngest child of the late Alfred and Hulda (Selle) Laack.

She attended Holden Grade School and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1943.

On November 2, 1946, she married Melvin Raeder at Salem Plankroad United Church of Christ in the Town of Sheboygan Falls. The couple resided in the Town of Sheboygan Falls until Melvin’s passing on April 15, 2002. Bernice resided almost all of her life within a half mile of her birthplace.

She worked packing canteens at the Vollrath Company during World War II and for many years as a nurse’s aide on the third shift at Plymouth Hospital. Bernice also worked with her husband at the Sheboygan County Fair; however, she considered her work as a homemaker her most important role.

She was a former member of Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth and Salem Plankroad United Church of Christ. She sang in the senior choirs of both churches, and her soprano rendition of “How Great Thou Art” was sung at many funerals.

Bernice’s hobbies included baking (especially taking pride in her homemade bread and as an exhibitor at the Sheboygan County Fair), cooking, sewing, gardening, bowling, singing, dancing, eating at The Bar B Que Restaurant, and watching her sons play softball. She was especially proud of her grandchildren who excelled at many different high school and collegiate sports. She also enjoyed attending their choral and band concerts as well as grandparents day at school. She loved playing sheepshead and her trips to the Oneida Casino where she played bingo and the slot machines. Melvin and Bernice made several trips to Las Vegas. Bernice was a 20+ year breast cancer survivor. She had a unique sense of humor, spoke her mind openly, and had an opinion on almost everything. She loved watching The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Survivors include: her children; Karen Winkel of Sheboygan Falls, Kevin (Ruth) Raeder of

Sheboygan Falls, Keith (Kristine) Raeder of Sheboygan Falls. Five grandchildren: Jason (Angiolett) Winkel of Mayville, Kristine (Peter) Worth of the Town of Sheboygan, Julie, Michael and Rebecca Raeder of Sheboygan Falls and two great grandchildren: Sofia and Tyler Winkel. One sister: Mildred Ehlers of Sheboygan. One brother-in-law: Allen (Janet) Raeder of the Town of Greenbush. Three sister-in-laws: Janet Raeder of the Town of Greenbush, Isobel Sharpe of Sheboygan, and Hilda Laack of Sheboygan. Special friend of Melvin and Bernice: Bob Gritt of Fond du Lac who faithfully visited Bernice often over the last dozen years. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; one brother: Raymond Laack and Brother-in-law: Loren Ehlers along with many other brother and sister-in-laws.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Reverend Arlan Schlundt will officiate. Burial will be in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 10:00 AM on Saturday until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Bernice’s name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

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