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Bernice C. Gruenke

Aug 20, 1940 - Sep 23, 2020


Bernice C. Gruenke, age 80, of Sheboygan passed away Wednesday evening September 23, 2020. Bernice was born August 20, 1940 in the town of Wilson to the late Willard and Clara (Clavars) Beeck. On August 23, 1958 Bernice was united in marriage to James Clemens Gruenke, they were married for 58 years; he preceded her in death on October 29, 2016. Bernice and Jim raised five children and worked at Ametek for 38 years. Bernice will be remembered for her love for her family, serving her parish wherever she was and watching the Packers and Brewers and her enjoyment of the northwoods wildlife. She was happiest serving others!
Survivors include her children: Dale (Ann) Gruenke of Sheboygan Falls, Mark Gruenke of Sheboygan, Janine (Ray) Jung of Appleton, Patrick (Angela) Gruenke of Campbellsport, James R. Gruenke of Sheboygan, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, brothers and sisters: Frederick (Juanita) Beeck of Sheboygan, Gloriann (George) Ehrman of Tucson, AZ, Shirley (Aaron) Mertes of Sheboygan, Donald (Andrea) Beeck of Sheboygan, Ronald (Jeanne) Beeck of Sheboygan Falls, Judy (Jim) Krolnik of Plymouth and Rosie (Dave) Baranczyk of Oneida and Mary (Jerry) Miller.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Harold Beeck and sisters Alvera Beeck. and Teresa.
Due to public health concerns private services will be held with burial to take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
A memorial fund has been established in her name for the “Forty Days of Life Foundation”.
Memorials may be sent to the funeral home, 1535 S. 12th Street Sheboygan, WI 53081 and they will be forwarded to the Gruenke family.



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Gillian Lim

My deepest condolences to your family. I will miss my Angel buddy Bernice dearly and always hold her close to my heart especially during Rosary before morning mass at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church. Bernice was my first church friend when I came to Sheboygan and I am very touched by her faith, devotion to Mother Mary, love for every member of her family, her passion for 40 days for Life and her most beautiful heart and smile. I’m sure she will continue to shine brightly in the lives of all her family and friends. May God’s grace and peace be with your family during this sad time. You’ve made it to the Heavenly Medjugorje Bernice!! Gillian from Singapore.

Carol Heger

The Hegers send their condolences to Pat & Angela on the passing of his mom & her mother-in-law. I discovered your family connection through the 40 Days for Life campaign. ( I participated in a prayer vigil in Oct. 2019 and have signed up for a couple days next month. ) What a wonderful witness Bernice was for Life! God bless & keep your family during this sad time.

Andrea Beeck

"Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you." St. Francis de Sales Rest in peace, Dear Nettie. Don and Andrea

The Albert Family

Our deepest condolences for your loss. We came to know Bernice through 40 Days for Life. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and always brightened our day when we were blessed to share the sidewalk with her. She and your whole family is in our prayers and we know she is still with us fighting the good fight. She layed down her life, sacrificed for the sake of others that they may live--there is no greater love than this. God bless and keep Bernice always!

Jacky Drewry

For Bernice's family - I am sincerely for your loss! Bernice inspired me with her strong faith in God and her faithfulness to Him. She was a strong servant leader and I am blessed and thankful for her influence and inspiration in my life and in the lives of everyone who knew her. She will be dearly missed.