Bernatta M. Schuh, age 85, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday March 23, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall, South Dakota.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 27, 2014, at First Assembly of God Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Pastor Jeff Mantz officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is Wednesday, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, with a prayer service, video tribute and time of sharing at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Pallbearers are Leland Whitehurst II, Kimberlena Garcia, Laddie Schuh, Nathan Epp, Spencer Humphrey, and Tim Vilhauer. Honorary Pallbearers are Leroy Berndt, Leonard Berndt, Roger Berndt, and Larry Schuh.
Bernatta M. Schuh was born February 9, 1929, in Avon, South Dakota, to David and Alvina (Michaelsohn) Berndt. For the first 13 months of her life, she was referred to as "Baby" until the family drew names out of a hat to determine what she would be named. Bernatta grew up on the family farm and attended country school in rural Avon, South Dakota. She married Harold H. Schuh on November 29, 1946, when she was 17 years old. Her father agreed to the marriage but it had to wait until after the harvest, when the corn was picked. After their marriage they moved to California where Bernatta worked as a private nurse at Mt. San Antonio Gardens until her retirement in 1994 and moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 2005.
Bernatta was a member of Living Word Assembly of God Church in Chino, California where she was very active in missionary work. They became members of the First Assembly of God Church when they moved to Yankton. Bernatta loved the Lord and loved serving the Lord. She was a devoted woman of prayer and was on several prayer chains and would often receive prayer requests from people in the community and her family. She loved gardening and cooking but especially her family. She shared everything with everyone and no one was ever a stranger for very long.
Survivors include her four children: Harold D. (Walli) Schuh of Grand Terrace, California; Danny (Sally) Schuh of Chino, California; Shirley (Leland) Whitehurst of Yankton, South Dakota; and Mark Schuh of Yankton; seven grandchildren: Kimberlena Garcia; Jeff (Cherri) Schuh; Jason (Tonya) Schuh; Leland (Michelle) Whitehurst II; Allison Schuh; Thomas Schuh; and Briana (Nathan) Epp; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandson and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold on February 27, 2007; brother, Leslie Berndt; three sisters: Viola Schuh; Vivian Vilhauer, and Evelyn Heckenlaible.
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Dear Shirley and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May the Lord bring you comfort as you remember and celebrate the life of your precious mother and grandmother. May He touch you with His peace during this time of temporary separation. She is forever with Harold rejoicing in the presence of her Lord. God bless you and my love to all the family,
(Pastor) Kathy Dehring
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