Bernice Lena Hangartner, 91, Castalia, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center, Postville. Funeral services were Monday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the Schutte – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville. Visitation was one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial followed in the Postville Cemetery, Postville. Condolences may be left with graufuneralhomes.com. Schutte – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville, was in charge of arrangements.
Bernice was born in Ludlow Township, rural Postville, April 8, 1922, to Ben and Clara (Kostman) Shafer. She attended country school through the eighth grade and was very proud of competing in the County Spelling Bee contest in 1935. Bernice was united in marriage to James Hangartner Oct. 26, 1940, at the Parsonage of Salem Church near Waukon. James passed away in Feb. of 1975. Bernice raised her children and worked alongside James on the family farm. Bernice also was a clerk at the Postville Sale Barn. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia. Bernice loved all animals, mowing grass, taking trips to the river, dancing, bingo, family picnics and making apple cream pie. The most important thing in her life was her family. She will be missed by the many people who knew her.
Survivors include four children: Roger (Linda) Hangartner, Maui, Hawaii, Mary Hangartner, Madison, Wis., Randy (Mary Jo) Hangartner, Decorah, Lonnie (Sandra) Hangartner, Castalia; seven grandchildren: Jenny (Tom), Rachel (Iyad), Max, Myra, Michael, Alex (Megan), Austin (special friend, Megan Tackett); three great-grandchildren: Kai, Solace and Hugo; and one sister-in-law, Marian Shafer, Waukon.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one granddaughter, Nan Hangartner and her five siblings: Esther (Walter) Schutte, Minnie (Lloyd) Block, Albert Shafer, Velma (Wayne) Cleary and Ray Shafer.