Bernice Stellar


Bernice Stellar, 95, of Independence, died Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Gundersen Tri-County Care Center in Whitehall.

Bernice was born August 25, 1925, in Arcadia, to George and Verna (Skriepeitz) Waletski. She married Adolph Stellar, November 11, 1946, in Arcadia. He died April 30, 2007.

The couple farmed for many years before moving to Independence. Bernice worked at Gopher Glove. She was a cook at Club Midway for 17 years and also cooked at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School. She took pride in her craftwork, needlepoint and crocheting. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Bernice is survived by four children: Charlotte (Joe) Bisek of Independence, Ron (Peggy) Stellar of Chippewa Falls, Pat (Jerry) Knudson of Independence and Joyce Schneider; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brother, Clarence Skriepeitz; sister, Margaret Hanson; grandsons: Jerry Bisek and Keith Stellar.

A Mass of Christian Burial (with COVID-19 guidelines) was held Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Independence, with burial the church cemetery. 

Visitation was one hour prior to Mass at the church.

Mass may be viewed on Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Facebook Live.

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