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Bertha Jana Wienke
July 28, 1914 – January 26, 2015

Bertha Jana Wienke, was born on July 28, 1914 to Evert & Margaret DeBoer of Forest, Wisconsin (St. Croix County). She was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church. She married Harvey F. Wienke on June 15, 1932 in Forest. To this union three children were born, son Ervin, daughter Janet and son Gaylord. In Sept. of 1946, they lost a son, Ervin at the age of eight to a hit and run driver. In May of 1965, they lost their son, Gaylord at the age of nineteen in a motorcycle accident.

Bertha worked for Doughboy Plastic in New Richmond, from 1949 to 1957 and tended bar in Forest for three years. She was also a waitress at the Midway Café in Glenwood City from August 1964 to June 1975. They sold their home in Forest and bought a house in Amery in September 1975. Once in Amery, Bertha worked in the kitchen at Crestview Nursing Home (now called Willow Ridge) September 1975 to Oct. 1984.

In September of 1987 they sold their home and moved into Water’s Edge Apartments December of 1987. Harvey passed away in January 1993. On March 22, 2012, Bertha moved into the Golden Age Manor.

Bertha is survived by daughter, Janet (Wienke) DeLong (Ronald), granddaughters, Theresa Newman (Paul), Brenda Olson, Dawn Jensen (Tony), and Michelle Streich (Mike). Additionally, she has 8 great-grandchildren: Eric, Emily, Alyssa, and Jacob Newman, Logan and Kelsey Olson, and Ciarra Schwenzig and Hayden Streich. Bertha has two great-great grandchildren, Aubree and Bradyn Newman. Grandma Bertha will be missed greatly by all.

Services were held Monday, January 26 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Forest at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery Township of Forest.

Anderson Funeral Home of Glenwood City handled the  arrangements for the family.