Tuesday, August 18, 2015


AGE: 84

ADDRESS: 1269 N. 8th Street Apt. 6, Medford; City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:15 P.M. Monday, August 17 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 20 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Nancy Amacher

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery in Little Black

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Thursday, August 20 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 20, 1930 in Medford, WI

EDUCATION: Attended High School. Bernadine left high school to care for her younger siblings while her mother worked.

MARRIAGE: August 3, 1947 in North Dakota to Gerald “Jerry” R. Ziehlke

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Bernadine spent much of her younger life caring for her younger siblings. She lost her father when she was nine years old. Her mother, Alda had to work to provide for the family. Her parents were Frederick Brede and Alda Miller. Bernadine was the second of five children. After her mother remarried, Bernadine became the sister of four more siblings. She met the love of her life, Gerald and they were married on August 3, 1947. Bernadine loved being a wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved to cook, sew, make crafts, very active in church and had so many other talents. She worked as a waitress and they also raised mink for many years. Bernadine helped with their care. In later years they purchased a Montgomery Wards Store in Medford, which they owned and operated for several years. Eventually they then opened a Furniture Store on Highway 13 in Medford. Bernadine worked full time at both the Montgomery Wards business until it sold and later at the furniture business. Bernadine had many health problems throughout her life but she still managed to overcome them and care for her family and home and do her fair share of providing for their family. Bernadine was a very caring and loving lady and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

MEMBER OF: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Gerald “Jerry” R. Ziehlke of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Carol ( Tom) Ploeckelman of Hartford and Terrie (Wayne Staven) Revels of Medford

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Jenna ( Mike) Heinz, Ron ( Tracy ) Ploeckelman Matthew Czerniak and Rachel Revels

4 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Jacob and Mitchel Heinz and Andrew and Adam Ploeckelman

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Patrick ( Henrietta ) Leary of Chippewa Falls, Michael ( Becky) Leary of Medford
Daniel ( Laura) Leary of Medford, Ellen (Jim) Borman of Owen

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Barbara Siewert, Raymond Brede, Milan Brede and Shirley Leary

DECEASED FATHER: Frederick A. Brede



PALLBEARERS: Jenna , Mike, Jacob and Mitchel Heinz, Tom, Ron, Tracy, Andrew and Adam Ploeckelman, Matthew Czerniak, Rachel Revels

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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