IRON RIDGE, WI, Bernice C. “Gigi” Kaiser is at peace in the Lord’s hands at the age of 104 years, and 6 months. She passed on Sunday, June 21, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.
A visitation for Bernice will be held on Wednesday, June 24th from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthews Ev. Lutheran Church in Iron Ridge. A funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Larry Mose officiating. Interment will follow at St. Matthew Cemetery.
Reinhold Ludwig Puffe (1867 – 1954) and Caroline Appolonia Ludwig (1878 -1968) gave birth to an amazing girl, Bernice Caroline Puffe on December 17, 1915 in Euclid, Minnesota. She was married to George L. Kaiser and together they farmed in the Iron Ridge area. Bernice and George had four beautiful children: Geraldine C. Ross (1932 – 2013), David L. Kaiser (1937 – 1956), Karen S. Trotter (1940 – 1991) and Shirley A. Werner (1945 – ).
Bernice “Gigi” was a strong, intelligent, creative matriarch of the family. She enjoyed family, friends, and was always a lady. She created wonderful meals, holidays, a beautiful home, and many warm wool comforters and crocheted Afghans. She enjoyed playing sheepshead. They raised prime beef.
Gigi was a member of St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Iron Ridge Senior Center.
Bernice is survived by her daughter Shirley (Hooks) Werner, grandchildren: Douglas Kuhaupt, Jason (Denise) Kuhaupt and Amy (Cart) Riege, great grandchildren: Zechariah (Britteny) Kuhaupt, Sarah Kuhaupt, Natalie Kuhaupt, Bennett Kuhaupt; granddaughter Victoria Otte, great grandchildren: Amber (Kamron) Koplitz, Melissa Otte, Lauren Otte, great great grandchildren Kennedy Koplitz and Reagan Koplitz; granddaughter Stephanie (John) Zingsheim, great grandchildren Leah Schoenberger, Samantha Schoenberger, Courtney Zingsheim, Mitchell Zingsheim, great great grandchildren Ava Schoenberger, Roman Schoenberger, grandson Bryan (Michelle) Trotter, great grandchildren Briar (Brian Anderson) Trotter, Taylor Kuehl, great great grandchildren T.J. Hughes and Tayanna Hughes.
Bernice is preceded in death by her husband George Kaiser (1915 – 1982) brothers and sisters Puffes, Clements (1894 – 1963), Clarence (1895 – 1965), Harry (1898 – 1984), Walter (1899 – 1900), Irene (1901 – 1981), Lawrence (1909 – 1980) and Lillian (1919 – 2008).
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all doctors, nurses, CNAs and staff at Hillside Manor and Eagles Wings for their wonderful care and thoughtfulness for four and half years.
The Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.