Loveland, CO — Bernice Gramberg, 93, of Loveland, CO, formerly of O'Neill, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 due to complications of a hip and arm fracture from a fall.
Memorials services will held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church in O'Neill. Rev. John Nelson will officiate.
There will be a live stream available of the funeral. Go to youtube.com and search for Christ Lutheran Church lcms O'Neill. The stream will be active 10 minutes before the funeral starts.
Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery and took place in April of 2020.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church in O'Neill.
Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill is in charge of the arrangements.
Bernice was born to Charles and Anna (Ebel) Pingel on Jan. 24, 1927 at Paullina, Iowa. She was baptized on Feb. 1 at Germantown, Iowa by Pastor Stiger. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on the 29th day of March 1942 at Zion Lutheran Church at Paullina, Iowa. Her memory verse was “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in his temple,” Psalm 29:4.
At the age of three, Bernice had double pneumonia and was not expected to live, but God had other plans. She attended country school for eight years, then graduated from Primghar High School in 1945.
Growing up in depression years, luxuries were few, but she came from a caring and God-fearing home. She was taught at an early age to work, for which she was thankful.
After graduation, she wanted to have a trade, so she enrolled in the Samuel Beauty School in Sioux City, Iowa. While helping her dad disc in the field, the administrator of the school walked across the field to sign her up.
She worked in several small towns in Iowa, with a lot of business working late hours at night. When she wasn’t doing hair, she was helping keep the children off the streets by forming ball games.
Her aim was to work in Colorado, but instead she got a Nebraska beautician license and moved to Wayne, and worked in the beauty shop there. This is where she met her one and only Gil Gramberg. They were married in Redeemer Lutheran in Wayne on Sept. 3, 1950 by Pastor DeFreese.
For the first seven years of their married life, they had no children, so were youth leaders in Wayne and Norfolk Lutheran Churches.
They moved to O'Neill in 1963 when Gil was transferred as a store manager of Safeway.
She was active in the Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, having offices and serving on various committees, sang in choir in her younger years, spear-headed bake sales for 10 years with matched funds from Lutheran Brotherhood.
She enjoyed teaching nursery class for five years. Bernice shared the duty of visiting new members with a dear friend LaVerne Brion for 10 years.
She really had a passion to install stained glass windows in the sanctuary and in 2004, she spearheaded the plan and committee to obtain sponsors for all ten windows.
In March of 1971 she was instrumental in establishing the interdenominational Emergency Family Services and named chairman. It is still in use today.
The first Meals-on-Wheels was delivered by Bernice and Kay Deal in the rain to the town barber in the hotel.
She spent seven years working in the Senior Citizen home in O’Neill doing hair for the residents.
She loved her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and just the Community of O’Neill, it was home.
She had one sister Violet Pingel who lived nearby and they were close.
Bernice enjoyed music, china painting, oil painting, writing, poetry, crocheting for gifts, playing cards, golf in her early days and baking for family and friends.
When she was 50, she took a friend who needed cheering to a talk by Joan Burney in Atkinson. They arrived at a funeral dinner instead! When they realized and tried to leave, she was quite embarrassed when people asked if she was eating at home.
Bernice is survived by her husband Gil Gramberg of Loveland, CO; her two sons Gary (Christine) Gramberg of Loveland, CO and Curt (Sherry) Gramberg of Livermore, CO; five granddaughters Jaime (Shaun) Yunker from Colorado Springs, CO, Lisa Gramberg from Grand Island, Erin (Josh) Fousek of Central City, Jessica (Cameron) Gramberg of Wellington, CO and Stephanie (Eric) Gramberg of Greeley, CO; three grandsons Jacob (Heather) Gramberg of Lubbock, Texas and Jack Gramberg and Mark Gramberg, both of Loveland, CO; two step-granddaughters Stephanie Cooke of Parker, CO; and Jessica (Harrison) Keatinge of Sydney, Australia; one step-grandson Paul (Ashley) Cooke of Aurora, CO; 11 great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Regan, Ellianna, Kason, Jade, Myla, Oliver, Maverick, Nolan, Ava and Oriana; and many nieces nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Anna Pingel, two brothers Bill and George Pingel and one sister Violet Pingel.