Bernice Wegner

Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Bernice Wegner, 80, of Hardin passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2018 with her family by her side at St. Vincent hospital in Billings.

Bernice, was born in Dunmore on Dec. 6, 1938 to Ernestine and John Schneider. She attended Nine Mile School north of Hardin, one room, and one teacher from first through eighth grade. Bernice married Harvey (Jim) Wegner on Nov. 6, 1955. They had two sons, Terry (Teresa) Wegner and Steven Lyne (Kathy) Wegner. She has four grandchildren: Stephanie (Jeremy) Stewart of Billings, Sara Wegner of Billings, Matt (Christy Moore) Wegner of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Steven (Jillian) Wegner of St. Xavier; and six greatgrandchildren: Malachi and Maddox Stewart, Aunake and Jori Wegner, and Carson and Harper Wegner.

In 1955, Bernice and Harvey lived south of Hardin, where Harvey worked on a farm for his Uncle Eddy Kuck. In 1959, they moved to Babb, Montana, where Harvey worked on road construction.

Shortly after they moved back to Hardin, Harvey worked for Bob Downs driving the Trans Alaska Freight trucks. In 1960, they moved south of Hardin, where Harvey worked on a farm for Herman (Butch) Koch.

In 1966, the family moved to Pass Creek, Montana, again working on Butch Koch’s farm for a short time. Another move in 1966, north of Hardin, they farmed on her Uncle Fred Schmidt’s farm until 1971. In 1971, the family moved just outside of Crow Agency, where Bernice worked as a fry cook at Shake and Burger Hut for four years and Harvey worked on road construction.

From there, they moved to Shepherd, Montana, where Harvey worked on a farm for Larry Dorn. On Dec. 2, 1983, they lost their son Steve in a tragic accident – a parent’s worst nightmare – leaving a huge hole in all our lives, never being the same without him, leaving behind two little girls and a wife. But life went on, again another move back to north of Hardin.

Harvey purchased his own semi truck and began hauling coal and grain from 1983-87. In 1987,they moved to St. Xavier, where Harvey worked with his son Terry on the farm. You might say they never let any grass grow under their feet! After her husband Harvey passed away in 1994, only 58 years young, Bernice moved back to Hardin, where she lived out her life for 24 years.

Bernice will be remembered for her kind, gentle spirit and warm heart. She was a wife, mom, grandma and homemaker all her life – an excellent cook who always kept an immaculate home. She loved her grandchildren, enjoyed gardening when she could, reading and watching TV.

Her parents, her beloved son Steve, her husband Harvey and stepbrother Robert Schneider preceded Bernice in death.

In addition to her son and grandkids, she is survived by her brother Roy (Sheila) Schmidt of Boise, Idaho, stepsisters Luella Fox and Arlene Heitzman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Bullis Mortuary (Hardin). Internment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the Hearing Loss Association of America. To donate, go to www.hearingloss.org/make-animpact/donate/.

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