I have a bunch of patterns from the 1930s that were once owned by Bernice Langer of Waterloo, Wisconsin. When I bought them, I didn’t notice that they were all from the same woman. I don’t remember where I bought them, so I can’t go back and ask the seller. And that makes me really sad.
Bernice and I have similar taste in clothing, and we are about the same size. Bernice had beautiful handwriting. I’ve enjoyed reading the notes she wrote on the patterns and envelopes.
She lived near here. I can’t find the exact address, but I’m sure things have changed since the early 1930s.
I think her middle name was Caroline.
Wendt, Bernice C.
WATERLOO – Bernice C. Wendt, age 90 of Waterloo, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 28, 2006. She was born on June 8, 1915 in Waterloo, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Hafenstein) Langer. She married William Wendt on Aug. 31, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She graduated from Waterloo High School in 1933. She was part of the Waterloo Business Community for many years. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church participating in many church activities including church organist. She was also a member of the Waterloo Historical Society and the Waterloo American Legion Auxillary. Survivors include her son, William (Carol) Wendt of Waterloo; daughter, Laura (John) Frey of Waterloo; three grandchildren, Brian (Cindy) Wendt, Amy Wendt, and Adam (Amy) Zimmerman; three great-grandchildren, Ryan Wendt, Elisabeth Hahn, and Emma Zimmerman; sister-in-law, Helen Langer of Milwaukee; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends; and a special friend, Kate Radke. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William on July 29, 1985; and two brothers. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 11 a.m. at ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Waterloo. The Rev. Robert Kosky will officiate. Burial will take place in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Waterloo. Friends may call on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the church until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waterloo EMS or a charity of one’s choice. The Pederson Funeral Home, 143 S. Washington St., Waterloo is serving the family.
That’s her (ref. madison.com)
Rest in Peace, Bernice. I would have liked to have known you.