Bernice L. Lermon, 93, of Dodge Center, found her way home to be with her husband John, and son David, along with her parents, brothers, and sisters on Feb. 4, 2018.
Bernice was born to Elizabeth “Minnie” (Outcalt) and Arthur Kleeberger on Nov. 28, 1924. Her childhood was spent in southern Minnesota. After graduation from school, she went to Normal training and taught in a country school. She met her husband, John Lermon, who was working as a hired hand, when she served lunch to him.
Bernice and John Lermon married on Aug. 30, 1945. They bought a farm north of Dodge Center. Together they raised their “7 little D’s,” as they were known to all the family; Diane (Rick) Nerud, Deborah (Douglas) Schroeder, Darlene Smith, Denise (Kevin) Blake, Dawn (Eldo) Wobschall, and Dan (Theresa) Lermon.
Bernice was a farmer’s wife and the CEO of the Lermon Crew. She was busy with garden work, canning and freezing all of the family food, and sewing clothes for the crew. She was a Sunday school teacher and president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion in Dodge Center. In her leisure time (and there was not a lot) she loved to crochet, oil paint and wood carving. Many people received the most wonderful gifts made by her hands.
In addition to her children, Bernice has a family of 20 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Adeline Ramsey, and a brother-in-law, Bill (Cordy) Lermon.
The Lermon Crew thanks all of the staff in Cottage #2 at Cottagewood Senior Communities for the outstanding care and compassion they gave to our mother. The staff was also so supportive to our family. We also want to thank Heartland Hospice for their additional support to our mother and to our family.
There will be no reviewal. A private funeral will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to Cottagwood Senior Communities, Cottage #2, 4220 55th St. NW Rochester, MN. 55901; or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699-0086.
Arrangements are with Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Hayfield.