Bernice M. Ellenbecker, age 87, New London, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Residence.
Bernice was born on September 18, 1927 to the late Henry and Irene (Alft) Rohloff. She married Edward Ellenbecker on April 21, 1983. They lived in the New London area until 2013, when they moved to Touchmark Assisted Living in Appleton. Due to failing health in May, Bernice moved to St. Joseph Residence. Bernice had worked at the Hortonville Toy Company and later for the New London School District retiring in June of 1988. Ed and Bernice enjoyed many years of traveling together after retiring. Bernice will be sorely missed by her family and by everyone whose lives she touched.
She is survived by: her husband Ed of 31 years; two children, Sally (Steve) Van Oudenhoven, Sturgeon Bay; Richard Andrews, Seattle Washington; three step-children: Donna (Roy) Ferg, Neenah; William (Angela) Ellenbecker, Joliet, Illinois; and Judy (Jerry) Mulroy, Escanaba, Michigan. Thirteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive her. She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers in-law: Lavern (Andrew) Peterson, Mary (Dave) Elmer, Deloris (Tony) Freeman, Nina (Fred) Krause and Patricia Jensen and three brothers: Duane Rohloff, Robert Rohloff and James Dahms.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph Residence Chapel, New London with Rev. David Kohls of Shepherd of the River Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be held at the chapel on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Joseph Residence, the hospice nurse for all her care and concern and a special thank you to Donna Ferg, Ed’s daughter for all of her help and support. The Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family.