Elaine Bernhardt, 88
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 9:29 AM
Elaine Bernhardt, 88, longtime Eyota resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Madonna Towers in Rochester.
Elaine was born March 16, 1927, in Potsdam, Olmsted County, to Alfred and Laura (Hoffman) Kitzman. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1944. On June 10, 1947, she married Melvin Hanenberger, and they farmed northwest of Eyota. Melvin died Sept. 7, 1992. On July 13, 1996, she married Norton Bernhardt, and they lived in Eyota. Norton died in Jan. 31, 2002.
Elaine had worked at the First National Bank, Michael's Floral and American Greeting Cards, all in Rochester. She enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, making floral arrangements, bus tours, playing cards and listening to country music.
She is survived by her children, David Hanenberger (Monya Lewis) of Oronoco, Dean (Ginny) Hanenberger of Eyota and Diane (James) Hankes of Keokuk, Iowa; stepdaughters, Connie (Kevin) Hammel of Eyota and Marlys (Jerry) Knowlton of Eyota; brothers, Milton (Marlys) Kitzman and Earl (Evie) Kitzman both of Elgin; grandchildren, Chad Ihrke, Craig Ihrke, Danielle Coeper, Brian Hanenberger, Dominic James Hanenberger, David Hanen-berger Jr., Joshua Hanenberg-er, Ashley Hanenberger and Laura Hankes; great-grandchildren, Carter Hankes, MacKenzie Coeper, Kaylynn Coeper, Ana Coeper, Alex Coeper, Alex Ihrke and Rebecca Ihrke; seven stepgrandchildren; and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and one stepdaughter, Sharon Bowman.
The funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 20 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ north of Eyota, with the Rev, Jean Boese officiating. Burial was at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.
Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or the PossAbilities Foundation in Rochester.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota.