Bernadine Walnofer, 87, of O'Neill, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.
Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Ewing with a rosary.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 at the church.
Burial was in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery south of Ewing.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill was in charge of the arrangements.
Bernadine Thramer was born on Aug. 18,1932 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Rotherham) Thramer at the Thramer Ranch. In 1937, her family moved to a farm southwest of Clearwater. She attended school at District 60 in Antelope County for eight years.
Her family attended St. John’s Catholic Church when she was growing up and she was a member of the choir. She attended high school at St. Mary’s Catholic School in O’Neill and graduated in May 1949.
Bernadine married Robert Walnofer on Nov. 26, 1949 at St. John’s Catholic Church, south of Ewing. To this union 11 children were born during nearly 70 years of marriage.
They made their home on a farm northeast of Ewing for 33 years. In 1982, they moved to a ranch near Chambers. Several years later, they moved into Chambers. Their final move together was in 2000 to a newly built home in O’Neill. Later in life the couple enjoyed spending warm winters in Arizona.
Bernadine spent her life being a devoted farm wife and loving mother to her children.
She belonged to Christian Mothers and was president at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, along with being a member of the choir. Following their move to O’Neill, she became a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Bernadine was an avid gardener, an excellent baker and was known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She was delighted to have the grandchildren come to see her and would always serve them brownies and ice cream.
Bernadine was the inspiration for the building of the Country Lane Retirement Village. She left an amazing legacy of love, compassion and service.
She entered a care facility with dementia in January 2012. Bob remained at her side demonstrating the same love and attention that is a hallmark of their family. She confidently relied upon his genuine protection and care as he diligently communicated with medical staff and the family. He monitored her condition daily. Bernadine’s family is deeply grateful for the gentle care she received during this difficult time.
Bernadine is survived by her spouse Bob Walnofer of O’Neill; 11 children Terry (Debbie) Walnofer of Charleston, AR, Carmen (Bill) Richmond of Grant, Tom Walnofer of Ewing, Steve (Rae) Walnofer of Jasper, MO, Nancy (Vince) Price of Lincoln, Kathy (Gregg) Bartak of Ewing, Jill (Randy) Switzer of Ewing, Paulette (Mark) Anderson of Prairie Grove, AR, Ted (Karla) Walnofer of Tea, SD, Al (Brenda) Walnofer of Chambers and Rod (Kelly) Walnofer of Van Alstyne, Texas; 32 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren plus two on the way; two sisters-in-law Yvonne Thramer of Ewing and Joan Thramer of O’Neill; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Elizabeth and Joseph Thramer; and five siblings Loretta (Ludwig) Tagel, Alice (Clarence) Funk, Alex (Joyce)Thramer, Mark Thramer and Cletus Thramer.