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Bernice Irene Wheelhouse Gortmaker

Death 26 Jun 2012 (aged 74)
Burial Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 92760918 · View Source
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Bernice Gortmaker, age 74, of Huron, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at her residence. Her funeral service will be at 1 PM Friday, June 29 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Marc Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Bernice Irene Wheelhouse was born January 31, 1938, at Miller, South Dakota to Ben and Anna (Boldt) Wheelhouse. She grew up in Miller, St. Lawrence, Parker, Vayland, Huron and Cavour.

On September 2, 1956, she married Ben Jefferson Gortmaker. To this union five children were born. They lived in Miller until December 1969, when she and her children moved to Huron. She graduated with a G.E.D in 1976.

Bernice sold Avon for about six years and did house cleaning for a number of families in Huron for many years. She loved cats, and enjoyed knitting dish cloths and doing things for others. Listening to country music was also a favorite. Bernice volunteered for the Salvation Army for several years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, two daughters, two grandsons, one sister, two nephews, three great-nieces and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; and many other relatives.




  • Created by: Sharon
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92760918
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bernice Irene Wheelhouse Gortmaker (31 Jan 1938–26 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92760918, citing Restlawn Memory Gardens, Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Sharon (contributor 47662374) .