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Bernice M. Gehlen, 93, of Hutchinson

Bernice Gehlen

Bernice Mary Gehlen, 93, of Hutchinson, formerly of Silver Lake, died Sunday, April 24, 2016.
 
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary and Council of Catholic Women (CCW) prayers at 5 p.m., and parish prayers at 7:30 p.m., at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher as celebrant. Gift bearers will be her granddaughters, Lindsay Wegge, Megan Skarnes, Jacque Gehlen, Kate Gehlen and Brooke Gehlen.
 
Casket bearers will be her grandchildren, Joe R. Gehlen, Sean P. Gehlen, Keith T. Quiring, Eric M. Quiring, John R. Quiring, Grant P. Gehlen, Lindsay K. Wegge, Megan E. Skarnes, Jacque L. Gehlen, Kate E. Gehlen and Brooke A. Gehlen. Honorary casket bearers are the quilters of Holy Family Catholic Church. 
 
Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Silver Lake.
 
Bernice Mary Gehlen was  born Dec. 10, 1922, to Henry W. and Mary A. (Matousek) Podrasky.
 
She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. On June 15, 1948, she married the love of her life, Joseph W. Gehlen, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The two built their business, Gehlen Farm Service, together in Silver Lake. They were blessed with five children, Joseph, Mark, Mary, Paul and Jon.
 
Mrs. Gehlen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was a faithful servant of her church and community. She was a hard worker who enjoyed gardening, canning, connecting with friends and family on Facebook, and was an individual who had endless energy. She was very precise on how she cooked and did her canning, having a motto of: “quality ingredients result in a quality product.”
She enjoyed living at The Pines in Hutchinson and was involved in many activities while living there, including the bell choir and Wii bowling. She started the welcoming club and the book club. She also made sure everyone had a friend, finding ways to energize people through exercise class, bingo and keeping running averages for Wii bowling. She loved to keep things organized.
Mrs. Gehlen was active in the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Lions Club, Rosary Socialty, St. Joe’s (Holy Family) quilting and the Holy Family CCW.
 
She is survived by her children, Joseph (Pam) Gehlen, Mark (Paula) Gehlen, Mary (Tom) Quiring, Paul (Dianne) Gehlen and Jon (Jennifer) Gehlen; grandchildren, Joe (Leanne) Gehlen, Lindsay (Matt) Wegge, Sean (Angie) Gehlen, Megan (Eric) Skarnes, Jacque Gehlen, Keith Quiring, Eric Quiring, Grant Gehlen, John Quiring, Kate Gehlen and Brooke Gehlen; great-grandchildren, Joey, Natalie, Mae, Elise, Olivia, Ella, Audrey and Jacob “JW;” and other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Gehlen; parents, Heny and Mary Podrasky; infant brother, Henry Podrasky; and twin great-grandsons, Willem and Thomas Gehlen.
 
Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.