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Bernadine Bredehoeft 1921-2009

Dec 1, 2009

Funeral service for Bernadine Bredehoeft of Emmetsburg was held Monday, Nov. 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.

Bernadine Bredehoeft, 88, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg.

Bernadine L Bredehoeft was born Nov. 11, 1921 the daughter of Frederich and Louise (Brunshire) Wojahn on the family farm south of Emmetsburg. She graduated in 1939 from Emmetsburg High School, and attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City.

On Feb. 1, 1942, Bernadine was married to Edwin Bredehoeft at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The couple lived in Yuma, AZ, where Ed served in the Air Force, and Bernadine worked as a secretary for the Air Force. Four years later, they made their home on a farm north of Emmetsburg.

Bernadine was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she served as an officer of many of the societies in the church. She taught Sunday School for 45 years; served as a 4-H leader for 25 years, and she was a 4-H and home economics achievement show judge for many years. Bernadine was past president of the Palo Alto County Farm Bureau Women and the State of Iowa Federated Garden Club. She served as District President of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 162 of Graettinger.

Bernadine was an avid volunteer at Lakeside Lutheran Home where she served on the auxiliary board. Although she was involved in many clubs and volunteer organizations, Bernadine found time to love and help deprived children. She was conservator for the three Bordwell brothers, and she fostered 23 children. Bernadine also provided rooms for college students.

Survivors include her children, Thomas (Susanna) Bredehoeft of Algona, and Gloria Bredehoeft of Des Moines; two sisters, Normadine Bredehoeft of Ruthven and Opaldine (Antone “Chick”) Clausen of Mallard; brother, Willard (Beverly) Wojahn of Cannon Falls, MN; sister-in-law, Fay Wojahn of Emmetsburg; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; and her brother, Raymond Wojahn.

Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Central Missions.

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