Bernita M. (Landgrebe) Voelker

August 17, 1921 - August 25, 2021

Service: Private family services will be held. 

Bernita M. (Landgrebe) Voelker, age 100, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society Miller.  Private family services will be held.

          Bernita was born on August 17, 1921 in Farmersburg, IA to Gustav and Anna (Martins) Lenth.  She grew up in Farmersburg, graduating from Farmersburg High School where she was on the basketball team.  She then attended business school for 1 year.  She married Gerhardt Landgrebe on June 6, 1944.  Gerhardt died in 1983.  Bernita married George Voelker on January 2, 1986.

          In addition to being a preacher’s wife and raising her 4 children, Bernita loved bowling and fishing.  She enjoyed watching sports, cheering for the Atlanta Braves, needlework and making chocolate chip cookies.  She cherished time spent with her family, especially the family trips to Iowa.  She bowled into her 90’s, was a past state champion, and traveled to Las Vegas for the Senior Nationals.  She was also a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller, SD.

          Grateful for sharing her life are her children: Susan Jorgensen, Belle Fouche, SD, David (Diane) Landgrebe, Bemidji, MN, Lori (Rod) Schneller, Canton, SD and Jody Landgrebe (Jerry Kusser), Highmore, SD; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; step-son, Chuck (Karen) Voelker; step-daughter, Cheryl (Bob) McKillips; along with numerous extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Gerhardt and George; son-in-law, Brad Jorgensen; and 3 brothers, Harold, Harvey and Lloyd.

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  1. Tami Rikansrud on August 26, 2021 said:

    Lori, I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. William Dodd on August 27, 2021 said:

    Dear Susan, David, Lori, Jody and family,

    I was sad to hear of Bernita’s death and am mourning her loss. But today I’m also remembering and celebrating her long and wonderful life. Bernita was a blessing to me and many others.

    Bernita once called on the spur of the moment when she was in town for a bowling tournament and just wanted to chat. I remember meeting her for lunch when she was on a “road trip” with the girls. And I was especially honored when Bernita came up for my ordination.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God’s peace,
    Rev. William Dodd (“Billy”)

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

  3. Pat little on August 29, 2021 said:

    Can’t let this pas by without sending you all a note. Had no idea your mom lived to be 100! Wow! Your dad and mom are special memories of our time at trinity Lutheran, our youth trip to black hills, and friendships…. Love to all of you. We live in Richmond, va. Now if any of you get this way. Pat Crownhart Little

  4. Patricia Shaw on September 1, 2021 said:

    My sincere sympathy to the family of Bernita Voelker.

  5. Margaret Arko on September 4, 2021 said:

    As a child my aunt, Bernita, passed through my life barely noticed. It was in her later years that I came to appreciate her love of life and her sense of humor. She is now truly my hero as I learn she was a bowling Champion. Bernita lived through so many losses and sorrows but still grabbed onto life and didn’t let go. She loved her children well and could laugh about those things I would have seen as burdens. Isn’t that living life Gracefully? With her passing, my world feels shaken, more empty. With the love and family she left behind the world is truly blessed. Thank you, Bernita.

  6. Kathy Keiser on September 8, 2021 said:

    Lori and family

    I am sorry to hear about the death of your MOM–100 years old–wow she seen a lot during her lifetime!! My mom would have been 100 years old also this year–the wonderful and loving people living through their lives during wars, raising families, etc–great jobs they have done and am proud of their love and perseverance!!