CHEROKEE, Iowa | Berna A. Jenness, 78, of Cherokee passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee. The Rev. Magrey deVega will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be sent to www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Berna was born on Dec. 25, 1934, in Moville, Iowa, to Ernest J. and Anne (West) Miller. She attended country schools and Cushing (Iowa) school through her sophomore year. She attended Wilson High School in Cherokee her junior and senior year, graduating in 1953.
She was married to Clarence Naslund on June 12, 1953. In that union they had four children, Connie, Gary, Bryan and Kevin. She was later married to Howard Jenness on Dec. 30, 1961. Joining in that relationship was Debbie and together they had Pam and Penny. Berna lived in Cherokee most of her life. In the late 1970s, she lived in Missouri for three years owning and operating two fabric stores in Forsyth and Branson. While living in Cherokee, she was the business manager/board secretary for the Cherokee Community School District for 21 years, retiring in 1999. Her most recent employment was working part-time for Johnson Machine Shop as bookkeeper and sharing the duties as a co-owner of Town & Country Laundromat.
Berna was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, BPW, Work Activity Center, serving on their board, and several church committees. Berna's passion was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her many talents included quilting, sewing, woodworking and painting. She judged sewing and crafts at many of the local county fairs. She enjoyed playing the piano and the accordion. Berna sewed numerous wedding garments for her family. Quilts she made were often gifts she gave for special occasions. She shared her many talents with her family.
She is survived by her children, Debbie (Dave) Dunn of Cherokee, Gary (Jane) Naslund of Kearney, Neb., Kevin (Tandra) Naslund of Cherokee, Pam (Mike) Ives of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Penny Harding of Kearney; a son-in-law, Phillip Farmer of Wichita, Kan.; her K-9 companion, Dori; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her siblings, Rev. Marvin (Betty) Miller of Storm Lake, Iowa, Robert Miller of Tekamah, Neb., Daniel (Melva) Miller of Primghar, Iowa, Ben (Mary Ellen) Miller of Axtell, Neb., and Mary (John) Dallmann of Tekamah; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; a son, Bryan Naslund; a daughter, Connie Farmer; and a sister, Lola Miller.