Bernadine Popanz, 89

Posted on January 29, 2013

The mother of a Bluffton woman, Bernadine I. Popanz, 89, of Daleville, Ala., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at her home. 
She was born on Jan. 30, 1923 in Magnolia Township, Rock County, Wisc., the daughter of William Henry and Mabel Leonora (Hageman) Gibson.  She married Fred Popanz July 11, 1942; he passed away July 10, 1968.
Bernadine taught at Spring Valley Corners School prior to having her family, and for 25 years farmed with her husband in Magnolia Township. Her primary love was her family for whom she would do anything. Bernadine’s special gift was that she found good in everyone. Her other interests included reading and playing scrabble.
She is survived by five children, Jerry (Ellyn Marek) Popanz, Jean (Bob) Peterson, Mary (Phil) Rundle, all of Brodhead Wisc., Ann (Tom) Reifsteck, of Bluffton, and Carol (Leonard) Momeny, of Daleville, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, Fred (Darbara) Popanz, Jerod (Melissa) Popanz, Becky (Chris) Jimenez, JoAnna Peterson, Justin Rundle (Liz Meyer), Robin Rundle (Kalen Marsden), Chris (Laurie) Reifsteck, Anjie (Todd) Hartman, Kelly (James) Daniels, Eric Heide (Amanda Sullivan), Alex Momeny, Scott (Shannon) Momeny, and Sam Momeny; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister Wilma, and a brother Alan. 
A private family graveside service will be held in the spring.
The D.L. Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead, Wisc., is in charge of arrangements.
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