Bernice F. Karau

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Bernice F. Karau, age 93, passed away peacefully at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, Minnesota while surrounded by loving family and friends on Friday, November 19, 2010. Bernice Frances Karau was born November 22, 1916 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota to Edward and Lillian (Plauman) Toomey. She was a 35 year employee of Michaels Supper Club in Rochester, where she did what she loved best; meet people. Bernice is survived by her son, Roger (Pat) Karau of Elko, Minnesota; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marion Fischer of St. Paul, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd Karau in 1971; and her daughter Karen Carney in 2010. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the Minnesota Alzheimers Association. Cemetery: Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Catholic Cemetery at Rochester. Bernice's grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as urn bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 10-11 am at Mahn Family Funeral Home in Rochester. Service: Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at Mahn Family Funeral Home at 1624 37th St. NW in Rochester with Father Charlie Collins officiating.

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  1. colleen, carey & family -we are so sad to hear about bernice passing away. she was our neighbor for years. she would come sit on our deck and just chat for hours and have a drink of bailey’s irish cream. i would take her to shopko shopping – she never did buy much but liked to look. she was like our grandma to us. we shoveled her snow and looked out for her. we put a motion light up on her side door so when she came home from bingo the light would come on so she could see to get into the house. she sure loved to go to bingo. sure will miss her. thinking of you all. julie and cory grev

  2. Bernice will surely be missed..she was the greatest lady.
    As the years went by she would remember me but not necessarily my name..she would say which one are you?Meaning which friend of Karens was I. We all loved her as much as we did Karen. My sincerest sympathy to all the family.

  3. Carrie and all your family; I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can appreciate that you were able to share the experience of Bernice’s peaceful transition. You are in my thought and prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. With empathy, Joy.

  4. Carrie,Jeff,Westin and other family members. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I know how
    very special your grandma was to you.
    Our Sympathy,
    Rita and Marty King

  5. I’m sorry to hear of Bernice’s passing. She was a great lady and I have fond memories of her. My sympathies to her family.

  6. To Bernices Family-
    I am sorry for your loss. I always made a trip to see Great Aunt Bernice when traveling home to visit. I was so happy that I was able to see her and visit her when I was back in late September. She always made me smile.
    Gary and Barbs daughter

  7. We were so fortunate to get to know Bernice and become good friends. She was such a happy, vibrant person and would greet you with a “Hi Darling”. I have such great memories of Bernice.
    Like Julie mentioned, she loved going to Shopko. On our trips there, she would usually run into someone she knew or someone would come up to her to say hello, because she had waited on them at Michaels. So many people enjoyed her.
    During the summer, her front door was always open. She loved to visit and talk about her life growing up and I loved hearing her stories. Had fun watching Young and the Restless with her. And she also loved watching the Twins play. She was usually always working on a crossword puzzle book. Her living room always smelled like vanilla candles and she frequently had butterscotch candies in her candy dish. She made the best Banana Bread and Chocolate Chip cookies and loved giving her treats way to neighbors. She liked going to garage sales, but seemed to buy for others rather than herself. When our kids were younger she would occaisionally babysit. She would never let me pay her. So what better way to payback Bernice, but to get her bingo passes. She so enjoyed bingo and she was one of the luckiest people I knew.
    So, I could go on and on about Bernice. We all consider ourselves fortunate to have had the chance to know Bernice and have her in our lives.She has made a lasting impression on all of us and will always be remembered.
    Pat, Tom, Chris, Colleen, Tim and Jon

  8. We’re sorry to hear about Bernie. She was one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. It was always a treat to see her, and she went out of her way to make us feel special. We’re so glad we got to see her one more time at your Mom’s wake. What a wonderful lady. We know you will all miss her.
    With much love,
    Chris and Scott

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