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Bernice Kalsow

Bernice Kalsow Bernice Kalsow

Bernice M. Kalsow, 94, Neillsville, died on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, July 17, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Rev. Nathan Wilke will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on Friday at St. John’s. Casket bearers will be Troy Zickert, Isaac Zickert, Joe Zickert, Joshua Thorson, Nathan Wortman, Kelly Reinart, Richard Reinart and Jacob Johnson.

Bernice Mae Kalsow was born on Feb. 14, 1926, in the town of Weston, the daughter of Peter and Christina (nee Janecek) Boon. She received her education at Mound School and Neillsville High School and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran as a young lady. Bernice married Franklin Zickert, and they farmed for 43 years before Franklin passed away suddenly in 1986. They sold the farm in 1989, and Bernice moved to town, but continued to work at the hospital. She worked for Memorial Medical Center for 27 years. She married Donald Kalsow in 1990 and retired from the hospital in 1991. They both enjoyed camping and traveling and spent winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. They have many friends there as well as in other states. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Lutheran Ladies Aid, the Good Sam’s Camping Club, and was president of the senior center. Bernice enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends and family.

She is survived by her children: Dennis Zickert of Lyndon, Ill., Linda Scharenbrock of Willard, Cindy Zickert of Greenwood, Beverly (Dale) Reinart of Neillsville, Barbara Johnson of Augusta, and Wayne Kalsow of Neillsville; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a very dear friend, Joan Zickert.

She was preceded in death by Don Kalsow and three very dear sons, Frank (age 67), Terry (age 32), and Rick (age 37); her parents; one brother, Merrill Boon; one sister, Gladys Boon; and a very dear daughter-in-law, Sue Zickert.

Bernice will be sadly missed by her children and friends.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.