Berniece Van Buskirk, 84

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Berniece Van Buskirk, 84 of Brownsdale, died at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester Monday morning, July 25, 2011.

Berniece Van Buskirk

Berniece Jean Johnson was born in Belmond, Iowa, on May 6, 1927, to Ora and Opal (Trees) Johnson. On March 22, 1945, she married Earl Van Buskirk. Their marriage was blessed with three sons. They farmed in Iowa for seven years and moved to Minnesota in 1952. The couple farmed in Minnesota until moving to the town of Brownsdale, in 1975. Earl passed away in 1998. Berniece continued to reside in Brownsdale until she passed away.

Berniece worked as a night supervisor at Gerard in Austin. She liked to sew, shop, collect butterflies, and was an excellent cook. She especially loved watching “Dancing With The Stars” and talking with her sisters. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

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Survivors include two sons, Gene (Beverly) Van Buskirk of Dodge Center and Jerry (Nancy) Van Buskirk of Brownsdale; eight grandchildren, Patrick (Julie) Van Buskirk, Jennifer (Justin) Koepplin, Andrea (Ben) Alexander, Jessica (Troy) Hanson, Michael (Brooke Hendrickson) Van Buskirk, Todd Winkels, Troy (Heather) Winkels, and Tammy (Brion) Kubik; sisters, Darlene Caballero of California, Bona Decker and Ioleata Anderson both of Minnesota, Effie Johnson of California, Sheryl Johnson and Juanita Kiefer, both of Iowa; brothers, Ronald Johnson of Minnesota and Arlan Johnson of Iowa; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl in 1998; son, Lynn in 1973; brother, Aaron Johnson and granddaughter, Terri Van Buskirk in 2010.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with the Rev. Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at