DANE / WAUNAKEE—Bernadine (Ruhland) Heimbecker, age 97, passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. She was born on May 1, 1920, in Plain, Wis., to Elizabeth (Hartl) and John C. Ruhland.
Bernie worked and lived on the family farm in Plain until the 1940s when she moved to Madison. She met her future husband, Robert Heimbecker, at a dance at Turner Hall. They were united in marriage on Oct. 28, 1947. She worked at Mendota State Hospital for 17 years, retiring in 1982. Bernie loved playing euchre, sheepshead, bingo, bowling, Wii bowling and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernie is survived by her daughter, Doris (Ray) Stickler; her son, Frank (Vicky) Heimbecker; and her granddaughters, Sandra (Mike) Goke, Melissa (Mike) Watson and Rebecca Ruhland. She is further survived by great-grandchildren, Julia and Madeline Villegas, Spencer and Melanie Watson, and Lexie and Emma Goke. She is also survived by her sister, Lorraine (Dean) Runyan, and her brothers, Francis, Charles (Sally) and Ralph (Pat).
She was preceded in death by her husband; her sisters, Amelia, Elizabeth and Rose; and her brothers, Alfred, John, Sylvester and Ray.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at ST. MICHAEL’S (BLESSED TRINITY OF DANE) at 11:30 a.m. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made to Alzheimber’s & Dementia Alliance, Madison, Wis.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Choles, Sienna Crest and Sylvan Crossings.
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