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Bernice Wheeler

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Bernice Wheeler

Sept. 12, 1915 - Oct. 21, 2008

GLENWOOD -- Bernice Wheeler, 93, of Glenwood, died Tuesday at home from congestive heart failure and osteoporosis.

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The service will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at Glenwood United Parish.

Arrangements are by Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

She was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Carthage, Ill., to John and Clara (Robinson) Lamb. The family moved to Minnesota when she was 3, and she graduated from Litchfield High School in 1933.

She married Clinton Wheeler on April 14, 1935, in Litchfield. They lived in Litchfield for a couple of years, then moved to Crosby and later Belle Plaine. They moved to Portland, Ore., to work in the "war effort" refurbishing passenger liners into fighting vessels at the Commercial Iron Works Shipyard. She returned to Minnesota when Clinton was drafted. After the war they moved to Glenwood. The couple worked together raising broiler chickens and owned and operated the first A & W Root Beer stand in Glenwood.

She used her pottery studio and kiln to teach area residents the art of pottery. They lived in Northfield for a time where she taught English to the Hispanics of the area.

She was a member of the Glenwood Legion Auxiliary, a past president and member of the Legion Auxiliary Drill Team, Cub Scout den mother, and a Sunday School teacher at the Glenwood Methodist Church and was a member of Glenwood United Parish.

She is survived by husband; daughter: Sandra Josephs of Glenwood; sons: James (and Gloria) Wheeler of Sun Valley, Calif., and Richard (and Laurie) Wheeler of Franklin, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister: Gladys Chapek of Henderson, Nev.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, five brothers and one sister.

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