1922 — 2014
Bernice F. Josten, 91, formerly of Elgin, NE passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE, with Revs. Ross Burkhalter and Curtiss Dwyer officiating.
Interment will follow in the parish Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with a 7:30 p.m. wake service.
Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com
Bernice Florence Josten, daughter of Henry and Mary (Deitering) Heithoff, was born at Elgin, NE.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church, graduated from St. Boniface High School in Elgin, NE, and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Grand Island, NE.
On August 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Sylvester “Vet” Josten at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin.
The couple made their home in Elgin and Bernice worked as a registered nurse at the Neligh Hospital. Over the years, she also worked as a dental assistant and as a school nurse. In September 2003, the couple moved to the Willow Ridge Retirement Center at McCook, Nebraska and in June 2007 they entered the Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
Bernice was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. She loved the healthcare profession, living a healthy lifestyle, fishing, playing organ, piano and accordion, and spending time with family.
She is survived by her four children: Jean Breen and husband Pat of Farnam, NE; Judy Ferril and husband Jac of Aurora, CO; Jim Josten and wife Corrine of Pleasant Hill, MO; Doris Friehe and husband Ron of McCook, NE; grandchildren: Carrie Krist and husband Jim; Greg Stuhr and wife Charlotte; Aaron Stuhr and wife Valaree; Scott Stuhr and wife Stephanie; Fr. Curtiss Dwyer; Gina Eidinger and husband Jason; Nora Bonfoey & husband David; Carl Dwyer and wife Sarah; Jennifer Burns & husband Adam; Annie Perkins & husband Andy; Mary Ellen Josten; Valerie Tonkin & husband Brionn; Sam Friehe and wife Kayla; Brian Friehe and wife Tiffany; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Verlene Heithoff of Canada; Mary Ann Heithoff of California; one brother-in-law: Kenzy (Clem) Josten of Oregon; along with many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sylvester in 2007; two brothers: Alvin and Lavern Heithoff; and one sister Beatrice.
along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.