Bernadine Tallmadge, age 92 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin walked on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Conway-Picha Funeral Home in Lyndon Station, Wisconsin with Roberta Decorah officiating. Burial will be at Blue Wing Cemetery near Tomah, Wisconsin. Visitation will be held at Conway Picha Funeral Home on Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will also be held Friday, September 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Indian Heights Community Building near Wisconsin Dells.
Bernadine was born April 6, 1924 in Valley Junction, Wisconsin the daughter of George and Rose (Whiterabbit) Miner. She took upon herself to accomplish things that other people may have merely thought about. A list of these accomplishments follow:
Ho-chunk Nation, First Elected WWBC Member 1963, their work resulted in the formation of the Ho-Chunk Nation of WI, served on the Election Board and Personnel Board Wisconsin Indian Education Association, "Indian Elder of the Year", 1997 Wisconsin Indian Education Association, "Support Staff of the Year", 1999 Great lakes Intertribal Council, "2 Years of Foster Grandparent Service at the Ho-Chunk Nation", June-99 Wisconsin Minority Women's Network, Inc., Woman of Achievement Award - "For outstanding service to women of color", Madison, WI, June, 1990 Hocak Language Division, "Ho cak hoit'era e hake xawani jikjege hiwau haja, recognition ATLATL Artist in Australia to teach, May 3, 1997 Ho-Chunk Nation Division of Health and St. Clare Hospital, Certificate of Appreciation "for participation in Our Elders Speak "Living Wisely" conference. As an elder you shared your personal views on adopting a healthy lifestyle and improving your health through education on Diabetes, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Disease." The Heard Museum, exhibiting artist at Heard Museum Invitational Market, Phoenix, AZ, Best of Division, 1993 West Valley Arts Council, exhibiting artist at West Valley Invitational Market; featured artist, Litchfield Park, AZ Eiteljorg Museum, exhibiting artist at Eiteljorg Museum Invitational Market, Indianapolis, IN Ann Arbor Pow wow "special guest artist” Ann Arbor, MI, 1989 Head Start, Outstanding volunteer service Wisconsin Dells, 1996 Mrs. Wisconsin Contestant, "This contest, judged on homemaking ability, personality, character, good grooming, is for the honor of representing the state of Wisconsin in the national Mrs. America contest, Milwaukee Home Show, April 11 - 19, 1959 People to People: Heart to Heart interfaith and goodwill ambassador to Ecuador, Oct-89 Annual Veteran's Day Pow wow, founding committee, DORA (descendant of the red arrow) member, helped to begin this annual gathering honoring our vets, collaborating with Volk Field, Volk Field, Camp Douglas, WI, 1st annual, November 1978 - present Wozhawa Days and Art Committee formative committee Sunday School teacher and Women’s Circle member, Presbyterian Church, Wisconsin Dells
Chiba's Peoples Days Festival, demonstrated Ho-Chunk beadwork and black ash basketry; cultural arts presenter and goodwill ambassador to Chiba, Japan, June 7 - 14, 2000 Ho-Chunk Nation, "Health Week Honorable Ho-chunk Elder", 1988 Effigy Mounds National Monument American Indian Heritage Celebration, Harpers Ferry, IA, June 11-13,1999 The Beaded Object, juried exhibition, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC, October 5, 1996 - January 15, 1997 Medicine Lodge Member Bear Clan Member
Bernadine is survived by a son, Lance of Wisconsin Dells; daughters, Roxanne (Leonard) Johnson of Gresham, Wisconsin and Melanie (Felix) Tallmadge-Sainz of Wisconsin Dells/Phoenix, Arizona; a sister, Marian Miner of Tomah; grandchildren, Kendall and Kelsey: Amado and Felisia: Roger, Ryan and Tara: Jenel, Desia, Leonard III, Cheyanne, Josh, John,, Peter, George, Samantha, Anthony and Jake; and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger; a son, Randy; great granddaughter, Lacie; and brothers, Heath and George.