LODI-Bernice Tegner passed from this world on February 9th, at the age of 89.
She was born January 17, 1925 in Milwaukee, WI to George and Margaret Altman. Bernice graduated from Baraboo High School in 1942. Bernice moved to Lodi in 1950 and was very active in her community, both as a business owner and volunteer. She loved Lodi and Lake Wisconsin. Bernice and a few of her friends, introduced Girl Scouting to the Lodi area in the 1950's.
Bernice was the first woman realtor in Columbia County and established two real estate companies during her career. She loved the business and her clients, most of whom became friends. She often sold multiple properties to the same clients as their needs changed.
Bernice married Raymond Tegner Feb. 13, 1968. They enjoyed spending winters in Fort Myers Beach, FL and returning to Lodi and Lake Wisconsin in the summer. They also enjoyed spending time together, whether it was painting, square dancing, shelling on the beach or just enjoying the lake view. She volunteered as a docent at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island, and had an amazing collection of shells of her own. Bernice loved spending
Bernice is survived by her husband, Ray Tegner, daughters, Judith (Thomas) Williams and her husband John of Cape San Blas, FL, Karen (Thomas) Smith and her husband, Jim of Orlando, FL, and Linda (Tegner) Balde and her husband Robert of Goes, Holland. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Sean (Erica) Williams, Stuart Williams, Kristin (Smith) Haag, Brad (Jennifer) Smith, Sara Balde, Noel Balde, Rebecca (Balde) Van Dijk and her husband, Eus, and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at LODI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 130 Locust St., at 11:00 am, on Saturday, February 15, 2014 with Reverend Marjorie Rice Myers presiding. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of the service at the church. There will be a lunch at the church following the service.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers from Bright Star and Hospice for their care and kindness throughout Bernice's illness.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Assn (alz.org) or to the Lodi United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com
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