March 26, 1925 ~ December 17, 2010
Bernice Hammond, age 85, of Elma, IA died on Friday, December 17, 2010 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Bernice Margaret Stiefel was born in the New Hampton hospital on March 26, 1925, daughter of John and Sophia (Weise) Stiefel. She attended the New Hampton Public School graduating with the class of 1943. After graduation from high school she was employed as a secretary by R.J. Sullivan, Attorney at Law for several years. Later she was employed as a bookkeeper for the Barnett Appliance store. She married Fern Hammond on January 15, 1951 and they have lived in Elma until now. Besides being a wife and mother, she was employed by Howard Winneshiek Schools for 20 years as a secretary. Bernice enjoyed bowling, playing cards, especially Bridge, and visiting with family and friends. Bernice was an active member of the Elma United Methodist Church and the Elma American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband; two children Randy Lee Hammond of Brooklyn Center, MN and Denise Ann (David) Bergo of Plymouth, MN; two grandchildren Gretchen (Brent) Wegner and Stephanie Bergo; and one great granddaughter Gemma Lillian Wegner. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers Henry, George, Albert, Walter, Rudy and John Stiefel; and one sister Irma (Alvie) Althof. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be at Howard Cemetery in Elma. Visitation: Visitation will be 9-11am on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma. Service: Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday December 21, 2010 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma, with Pastor Paula Hemann officiating.