HURON — Berneice R. Muilenburg, 92, of Huron, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Huron Regional Medical Center.
Her funeral service will be 1 p.m., Monday, October 15, at First Presbyterian Church in Huron with burial in Maplewood Cemetery at Iroquois. Visitation with the family present, will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Welter Funeral Home with a prayer service beginning at 6 p.m.
Berneice Muilenburg was born October 8, 1926, to James V. Wells and Ella M. Pothoff at Gary. She lived with her parents in Canby, Minn.and Gary. After graduating from Gary High School, she moved with her mother and stepfather, Fred Bremer to Bancroft. She attended General Beadle College in Madison where she received her teaching certificate. Berneice also attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and Northwest College of Commerce in Huron.
Berneice was united in marriage to Maynard Muilenburg October 8, 1949. They began their life farming south of Bancroft. They moved to Iroquois in 1956, where she raised her seven children and was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran church. Throughout her life in Iroquois she was very active in the community and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies Extension Club, the choir director for the 4-H Clovers, American Legion Jr. Auxiliary and the church choir. She enjoyed taking part in many plays and events through Iroquois and surrounding communities. In 1974, they moved to Huron where she resided until the time of her death.
She started teaching at the age of 17 all eight grades in a one room country school in Osceola and then elementary school in Bancroft. She was trained and worked as a medical assistant and a ward clerk at the Huron Hospital, cooked at several restaurants in Huron, worked as a Pharmacy Technician and in medical records at the Huron Clinic, as a receptionist at the YWCA, and a teacher at Cornerstone Career Learning Center for 20 years where she retired at the age of 88.
She loved teaching adults in computer classes at Career Cornerstone Learning Center and helped send many students on to employment. She was awarded The Outstanding Older Worker for the state of South Dakota in 1999. Berneice was presented with a proclamation stating that Nov 3, 1999 was Berneice Muilenburg Day by the Huron City Commission. She enjoyed worshiping and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Huron.
She enjoyed music, learning and working on the computer. She also loved working with flowers in her yard along with watching the birds and having coffee on the deck with her friends and family. A special highlight of her day was when her great-grandchildren and neighbor kids would come by to visit. She loved to hold newborn babies and interact with small children.
Grateful for having shared her life include her two sisters, Eileen Ballou, and Doretta Nelson both of Minn.; her children, Macy (Sue) Muilenburg both of Wessington Springs, Corrie Muilenburg of Huron, JanElla (Jene) Carroll of Tyler Texas, Craig (Michelle) Muilenburg of Groton, JoLynne (Kevin) Parmely of Huron, and JuliAnn (Joe) Wolf of Henderson, Nev.; two grandchildren, Justin (April) Wolf of Henderson Nev., and Bridget (Jeremy) Muilenburg of Alpena; seven stepgrandchildren, Dustin Johnson, Nick Weber, Megan Fowles, Madison Colestock, Payton Colestock, Rusty Parmely, Billie Jo Parmely, and Dawnita Parmely; seven great-grandchildren;, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Maynard Muilenburg; one son Berne; her mother, father, and stepfather; two sisters, Eunice Peterson, and Yvonne Fossum; two nieces; and two nephews.