Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 18th at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. John Boehringer officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the church or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Bernice Amelia Wendorff was born in Rubicon on April 2, 1928, to Reinhold and Clara (Otto) Wendorff. She grew up in Watertown. After high school, Bernice went to Deaconess Hospital in Milwaukee for nurses training. After becoming a nurse, Bernice worked for a while at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, then came back to work in Milwaukee. On May 31, 1958, she married Richard “Dick” F. Kurth of Milwaukee. In 1967, the family moved back to Watertown. Bernice worked part time at the Watertown Memorial Hospital as a nurse, helping with blood banks, when back problems prevented her from working in the hospital. Bernice enjoyed sewing, being a “room mother” for her children’s classes, gardening, singing in the church choir for 37 years, furniture refinishing and traveling the United States, staying in RV parks in southern states for the Winter. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Bernice is survived by her children, Daniel Kurth of Watertown and Jeanne (Mark) Holcomb of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren, Jessica (Stephen) Butler, Lisa and Melissa Kurth, and Nathan and Sarah Holcomb; a brother, Roland (Arvilla) Wendorff of Wausau; three sisters, Joyce (John) Byrne of Watertown; Emelyn Schier of Bayfield and Alice Thoma of California, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Richard on December 27, 2012 and her sisters, Hazel Krause, Arlene Hady and Ruth Schamell.
The family wishes to thank the nurses at Golden Living Center for caring for mom the past year.