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Bernice V. Weigandt

Bernice Viola Weigandt, age 83, of Murdo passed away April 19th, 2005, at her home.

Services were held Friday, April 22, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo with Pastor David Brinkmeyer officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Doris Convey, organist, with congregational hymns. Register book attendant was Elsie Joy. Ushers were David Geisler and Donald Weber. Pallbearers were all of Bernice’s grandchildren: Christopher, Derek, Jamie, Bradley, Brandy and Melanie Weigandt, LeRoy Gross, III, Toby, Wade and Staci Royer, Jennifer Schumacher and Lynette Johnson.

Interment was at the Murdo Cemetery. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome. com.

Bernice Viola Weigandt was born June 22, 1921, to Ira and Hilda (Kulbel) Trego in Winner, SD. She was baptized in the Presbyterian Church and in 1959 was confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She grew up in the Winner area and graduated from the Winner High School. After attending the Mitchell College of Business, she was employed by the Social Security Administration office in Murdo for several years.

On May 23, 1942 in Winner, she married Leonard Weigandt and to this union five children were born: Keith, Larry, Carol, Karen and Kevin.

After buying the Weigandt homestead in 1966, Bernice worked side by side with her husband on the farm until Leonard's death in 1991. She was also very active in the VFW Auxiliary, Lutheran Ladies Aid, and Band Boosters. Reading books, playing cards, crosswords and family gatherings were her favorite pastimes. She also enjoyed going to her grandchildren's activities.

She is survived by three sons, Keith Weigandt and his wife, Julie, of Sioux City, Iowa, Larry Weigandt and his wife, Dorothy, of Mitchell, SD, and Kevin Weigandt of Rapid City; two daughters, Carol Gross and her husband, LeRoy, Jr. of Murdo, and Karen Royer and her husband, Bruce, of Murdo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Trego and his wife, Pat, of Summerville, SC; one sister-in-law, Donna Trego of Winner; one brother-in-law, Arthur Weigandt of Edgemont; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, on March 26, 1991, her parents and one brother.

She will be deeply missed by everyone and her memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.