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Bernice Elaine (Brevik) Lehman

March 5, 1932 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Bernice Lehman Obituary

Bernice E. Lehman, age 92 of Brookfield, formerly of the Tigerton area, passed away on Tuesday March 5, 2024 at Lakewood Assisted Living & Memory Care, Brookfield, WI.

Bernice Lehman was called to her heavenly home on her 92nd birthday, March 5, 2024.
She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, her long-time caregivers from
Lakewood Assisted Living and Memory Care, and with the care and attentive support
from her hospice nurses Jordan and Amanda and the entire Brighton Hospice team.
Bernice was born on March 5, 1932, to Mr. and Mrs. Trygve Brevik of Iola, Wisconsin.
She graduated from Tigerton High School, and shortly after graduation, at 18 years old,
she was united in marriage to Wallace Lehman on August 26, 1950, at St John’s
Lutheran church in Tigerton, WI. Her lifelong friend, Violet Wolfe (nee Bricko) was her
maid of honor, and Donald Lehman, Wallace’s brother, served as the best man. Bernice
worked with her husband on their farm in Tigerton, and quickly had three children. In
1956, Bernice and her husband sold their cattle and dairy farm and moved their family
to Milwaukee. Bernice worked as a laborer in several factories while raising her
children, most notably the Zeigler Candy Factory and Globe Union. She was a long-
time employee of Gimbels department store, a job she absolutely loved for the sales! It
wasn’t long before Bernice and Wallace had two more children, adding to their growing
family.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, Bernice and Wallace invested in rental properties and
became landlords. Tragedy struck in 1975 with Bernice suddenly becoming a widow at
43. While difficult, Bernice’s strong work ethic and determination to raise her five
children helped her to succeed admirably. With the support of her sons, David and
Randy, Bernice continued being a landlord with a smaller number of properties and
changed her line of work to be able to be home with her younger daughters in the
evening. Bernice worked for many years as a dietary aide at St. Luke’s Hospital,
retiring at 65. Being bored after six months of retirement, she went back to enjoying
work part-time at UPS as a teamster, retiring for good at 73.
Family was most important, and at the heart of everything Bernice did. Being the oldest
daughter from a big family with eight siblings, Bernice quickly learned domestic skills
which served her well as she raised her own family. She was an excellent sewer and
enjoyed making outfits for her children. Her home cooked meals were always enjoyed
by those who had the pleasure to be in her company. Her homemade lefse, rolls and
fried dumplings were special treats with her children. She enjoyed hosting and
welcomed everyone, especially during the holidays.
Bernice loved animals and had many pets over the years. Animals loved her too,
always gravitating towards her. She made home cooked meals for her pets as well; she
loved making French toast with syrup for Charlie. Bernice always had a love of horses,
and in her retirement, enjoyed attending the Kentucky Derby on multiple occasions with
her daughters Jackie and Karen, son-in-law David, and David’s mother Betty. This tradition continued for three decades and expanded to include her daughter Linda and
all her grandchildren.
Music was always enjoyed by Bernice, especially country music. It was a special treat
for her when she took a trip to Tennessee and saw the Grand Ole Opry and Loretta
Lynn’s ranch. Watching the Lawrence Welk show every week was a must. Polka
dancing was also a favorite past-time for her, especially when she was younger,
teaching her husband, and then going to dances on the weekend in the Tigerton area.
Bernice had a special relationship with her sister Alice, enjoying visits together as their
families grew. They especially enjoyed playing Sheepshead with their husbands
whenever they got together, and campfires with the family during deer season.
Bernice was a loving and doting grandmother. She enjoyed caring for and spending
time with her five grandchildren whenever she could. Her home cooking was always a
hit, especially her rolls made from scratch and those awesome buttered noodles!
While dementia set limitations on Bernice’s independence, it didn’t stop her warm,
caring and humorous personality from shining through. She always expressed concern
and support to her children and grandchildren, and visits with her eight great-grandchildren always included a word of encouragement, along with warm hugs and kisses.
Faith was constant in Bernice’s life. As she moved within the city of Milwaukee and
Greenfield, she was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran church, St. Martini Lutheran
church, and Greenfield Park Lutheran church. Members of Greenfield Park Lutheran
church frequently visited Bernice ensuring she received communion when she could no
longer attend services.

Survivors include sons, David Lehman, West Allis, WI; Randy Lehman, Greenfield, WI;
daughters Linda Mann (Robert), Brookfield, WI; Karen Lehman-Reynolds (David),
Menomonee Falls, WI; Jacqueline Rosenbecker (Jay), Phelps, WI.; grandchildren,
Jennifer Schrammel, Brookfield, WI; Katherine Weisse (Jack), Brookfield, WI; Emily
Worden (Mark), Fitchburg, WI; Andrea Spiekerman (Cameron), Menomonee Falls, Wi;
Joseph Rosenbecker and fiancé Alicia Knauf, Madison, WI.; great-grandchildren Ava
and Elizabeth Schrammel, Brianna, Edward and Oliver Weisse, James and Rowan
Worden; Wren Spiekerman; Brother-in-law Donald (Mary) Lehman, Tigerton, WI;
sisters-in-law Leah Lehman, Tigerton WI, Betty Brevik, Iola, WI, Linda Brevik, Menasha,
WI; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Arlyn Brevik, Norman
Brevik, Ronald Brevik, Gordon Brevik; sisters Sylvia Osterberger, Elizabeth Schoch,
Alice Polley, Diane Hobin; sister-in-law Eva Lehman, Kura Lehman, Cheryl Lehman,
Elizabeth Miller, Mary Jean Mathes; brother-in-law Lester Lehman, Victor Lehman,
Forest Lehman, Robert Lehman, Herbert Lehman, Stanely Miller, Sid Mathes, Leo
Schoch Sr., Gene Polley.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home, Tigerton, (127 Cedar Street) with the Rev. Clifford Kessen officiating. Interment will take place following the service at Tigerton Union Cemetery.

Friends and family will be gathering at the funeral home on Sunday from 12 noon until the time of service.

An online guestbook is available at eberhardtstevenson.com.

 

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Gathering of Family and Friends
Sunday
March 10, 2024

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home, Tigerton
127 Cedar St.
Tigerton, WI, WI 54486

Funeral Service
Sunday
March 10, 2024

12:30 PM
Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home, Tigerton
127 Cedar St.
Tigerton, WI, WI 54486

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