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Bernice VanWie, 89

Bernice Elaine VanWie, 89, died March 6, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.

Bernice was born May 12, 1919 in Randall to Frank and Bertha (Gray) Schneider. She graduated from Little Falls High School.

Bernice married John Achter and lived in Minneapolis. In 1958 they moved to Alexandria where she has made her home. John died in 1961. Bernice later married Leon VanWie and he died in 1994.

She is survived by her son, Jim (Diane) Achter of Minnetonka; stepsons, Steve VanWie of Arlington, TX and Joe (Eileen) VanWie of Marshall; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law, Sarah Schneider and Marie Schneider.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Bertha; first husband, John Achter; second husband, Leon VanWie; son, Richard Achter; and seven brothers and sisters.

A memorial prayer service was held on Monday, March 9, at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Merlin Bartelt officiating. A spring inurnment will take place at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria. A special thank you to these special people: Delores and John Hilleren, Diane Weekley, Elaine and Jim Krassas, Erwin Klimek, Joan Hennen, Kathy Stewart, Mary Alice Huwe, Val and Greg Trumm, Verde Ann Mahling and Vern Jackson.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;