ENDRES, BERNICE (Barney)-The beautiful life of Bernice Evon (Wille) Endres, age 60, ended peacefully in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 23, 2013. She was surrounded and comforted by her beloved husband Dick and her cherished family as she was released from pain.
Born March 20, 1952 in rural Middleton, the third child of Elmer and Helen (Beuthin) Wille she graduated from Middleton High School in spring of 1970 and married her high school sweetheart Dick Endres on November 26, 1970 at St. John's Catholic Church in Waunakee. Bernice and Dick began their farming career in rural Dane on the Endres family farm. Bernice played a critical role in the everyday operation of the farm, including managing the calves, driving tractor, and milking cows alongside her husband and son. She provided a warm and loving home for her four children, and her seven grandchildren who were the light of her life. Extended family and friends were always welcome around the kitchen table.
Barney was famous for her cooking skills, especially fudge, brownies and Christmas cookies. She also loved cheering for the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers, and Saturday shopping trips with her daughters.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years Richard (Dick), children Amie (Dan) Sabroff, Todd Endres, Holly (Barry) Clemens, and Jill (Jacob) Lehr. Grandchildren Brittney, Cody, Abigail Endres; Ridge, Crew and Kylar Clemens; and Haddie Bee Lehr. Brothers and sisters Diane (Dennis) Dreger; Rodney (Jan) Wille; Joyce (Kerry) Sweeney and Kimberly (George Shippee) Fiedler and Jannie Wille. She is further survived her mother-in-law Armella Endres; sisters-in-law Shirley Noltemeyer; Pat (Bob) Fredrickson; Jayne (Larry) Pulsfus; Judi (Jim) Nonn; brothers-in-law Roger (Debbie) Endres and Russ (Jean) Endres.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Helen Wille; brother Gary Wille; father-in-law Ray Endres; and brother-in-law Dennis Noltemeyer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH, 209 South St., Waunakee, on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Monsignor James Gunn will officiate. A visitation will be held at WINN-CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 5785 Hwy Q., Waunakee, on Friday, January 25, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and at church from 10:00 a.m. until time of mass.
Memorial contributions are welcome at Agrace HospiceCare. The family would like to thank Agrace for their support and care.
God saw that she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So He put His arms around her
And whispered "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer
And saw her fade away,
Altho we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.
Her golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.