The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 23, 2012

Bernice I. (Holtz) Wagner

  Bernice I. (Holtz) Wagner, age 84, of Waseca, died Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Cedarview Care Center in Owatonna.

 Funeral services will be held Friday, October 26th, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Waseca with Reverend Giles Zimmer, officiating. Interment will be in Waseca's Woodville Cemetery.

 Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 P.M. at McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Waseca, and will continue on Friday morning for one hour prior to services, at church.  

  Bernice Irene was born January 29, 1928, in Waseca, Minnesota to Ben and Irene (Ewest) Holtz. She was baptized on May 13, 1928, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waseca.  At three years of age her family moved into Waseca from the farm south of town.  Bernice renewed her baptismal vows through the Rite of Confirmation at St. John's in May of 1942 and sang in the church choir.  She was a 1946 graduate of Waseca Central High School. Bernice worked a brief time at Birds Eye in Waseca.  

  She was united in marriage to Henry C. Wagner on August 5, 1951, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Waseca.  They lived many years in Janesville while raising their family, before moving back to Waseca in 1974.  Bernice was a housewife and mother, later caring for her husband who fought Multiple Sclerosis for 25 years.  Bernice enjoyed sewing, gardening, singing, reading, spending time at various lakes, and keeping up to date on her grandchildren.  

  She is survived by one son, Henry A. Wagner of Montgomery; three daughters, Ann (Leland) Estes of Emmons, Nancy Danielson (Jamie Killday) of Prior Lake, and Janice (Rick) Schultz of Owatonna; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.  

  She was preceded in death by her father and mother in 1979 and 1980, respectively; husband, Henry in June of 1987; granddaughter, Jennifer Estes, and great grandson, Ethan Meyering; four brothers-in-law; sister-in-law, Hilda Goltz; niece, Lanette Haberman, and nephew, Melvin Goltz.  

 For on-line condolences please visit


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Geralene Osborne.JPG Geralene "Gerry" Osborne

    Geralene "Gerry" Osborne, age 87, of Lake Crystal, died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Crystal Seasons.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ray Lund

    Ray Lund went to dance among the stars with the love of his life, "Sparky" (Brenda), on July 15, 2014 at his home in Mankato.

    July 23, 2014

  • Dallas Celia Seibert

    Dallas Celia Seibert, age 91, formerly of Madelia, died on July 22, 2014, at Good Samaritan Luther Manor in Sioux falls, South Dakota.

    July 23, 2014

  • Jerry Froehlich

    Jerry Froehlich, age 72, of Janesville, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness.

    July 23, 2014

  • Donald "Don" Manke

    Donald "Don" Manke, age 72, of Janesville, died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Janesville Nursing Home following an extended illness.

    July 23, 2014

  • John H. Buller

    John H. Buller, age 91 , of Mountain Lake, MN died on July 20, 2014, at Good Samaritan Lodge in Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

    July 22, 2014

  • Gary Anderson

    A Visitation  for Gary Anderson, age 71 of Lake Crystal, formerly of Windom, will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shera Lynn Steckelberg

    Shera Lynn Steckelberg, age 57, of Wells, MN, died Monday, July 21, 2014 at her home in Wells, surrounded by her family.

    July 22, 2014

  • Harold polenske.JPG Harold Polenske

    Harold Polenske went to be with his loved ones who went before him on July 19, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albert Roth.JPG Albert "Al" Roth Jr. M.D

    Albert "Al" Roth Jr. M.D., died Friday March 21, 2014 at his home in Laramie, Wyoming.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo