Bernice Verna Brehe, 80, of Owensville passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Hermann Area District Hospital, surrounded by family.
Bernice was born in Cooper Hill on October 3, 1933 to the late Albert and Sophia Schneider.
She was united in marriage to Reuben A.J. Brehe on September 13, 1953 at St. Paul Evangelical and Reform Church in Cooper Hill. They resided on the Brehe family farm near Drake for more than 50 years.
Following Reuben’s death in 2004, Bernice remained in residence at the Brehe family farm now known more formally as Brehe Valley Farms. There she lived in the care of her daughter and family, and caregiver Cindy Printy.
From her marriage union were born four children, Keith Brehe of Prim, Ark., Keva Limberg and husband, Dennis, of Owensville, Kerry Brehe and wife, Karen, of Union, and Kelly Thomas and husband, Dale, of Owensville; 10 grandchildren: Brian Brehe and wife, Jessica, Christina Armacost and husband, Austin, Adam Brehe and wife, Amy, Jacob Limberg, Chad Limberg and wife, Jamie, Nicholas Brehe, Kaitlyn Brehe, Joshua Brehe, Johannah Thomas and Lance Thomas; six great grandchildren, Emma Brehe, Riley Brehe, Gunner Brehe, Brooklynn Armacost, Gavin Smith, Reagan Brehe, and a future baby Limberg on the way.
Bernice is also survived by three sisters, Lavern Brandhorst and husband, Elmer, Orpha Schulte and Evelyn Niebruegge; three sister-in-laws, Vida Mehroff, Florence Schaefferkoetter and husband, Eddie, and Esther Hackman; as well as many other family and friends. She also leaves behind her loving dog and best friend Jack.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben; one granddaughter, Angel Thomas; one great grandson, Deacon Brehe; one brother, Edsel Schneider; and two sisters, Alvera Griechen and Viola DeVoogt.
Bernice was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical and Reform Church in Cooper Hill. Following her marriage she became a member of the St. James UCC Charlotte of Drake where she taught children’s Sunday school, participated in the choir, and women’s fellowship. She was also a member of the V.F.W. Women’s Auxiliary of Owensville Post 6133, a Life Member of the Gasconade County Bible Society, a member of Gasconade County Historical Society, and worked many Gasconade County voting polls.
Bernice’s many other lifetime accomplishments involved not the success of herself, but those around her, as she worked as a loving mother, caregiver, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, cook, baker, and farmer’s wife. Also their business, Reuben Brehe Auctioning Service’s success was derived through Bernice’s hard work.
The funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 6, at at the St. James United Church of Christ in Charlotte with Rev. Laura Yurs officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The family requests that memorials go to Schneider Cemetery or St. James UCC Charlotte Church.
Daniel F. Buschmann, 78, of Hermann, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.
He was born to the late Louis and Alma (Schneider) Buschmann on January 13, 1935 in Bay.
Dan graduated from Hermann High School in 1953. He attended the University of Missouri and then served in the Army from 1957-1959. While in the Army he was a skilled marksman and served on the Army’s sharpshooter unit mainly in Germany.
Dan married Patricia Keller in 1961 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2011. In 1962, Dan and Pat took over Mid Missouri Office Machines, a local business machines and office supply store in Hermann. The business became the area’s first authorized Canon office products dealer and eventually grew to three locations in Hermann, Washington and Union. Over the years the business received numerous awards and recognitions from Canon, Remington-Rand and others for achievements in sales and volume. This success translated into Dan receiving incentive trips that included Europe, Hawaii and Venezuela. In 1967, he formed the committee that eventually founded and created the Loutre Shore Country Club. As a lifelong member of the county club, he was an avid golfer in his spare time. Dan was also politically active in the local area. He served two terms as a Hermann City alderman and ran for the district state representative seat in 1982. He also served as the Gasconade County campaign coordinator on many of Senator Kit Bond’s election campaigns.
Dan was a member and former president of the Hermann Jaycees. He was recognized with the group’s prestigious Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award. He also served twice as the president of the Hermann Lions Club and a single term as the group’s District Governor. As District Governor, Dan represented the group locally at the Lion’s worldwide convention in Sidney Australia in 2010. Towards the end of his life, Dan was a member of the Hermann Community Chorus.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and two children, Keith Buschmann of Superior, Colo., and Susan Boley (nee Buschmann) of Chandler, Ariz. He is survived by two sisters, Leora Scheer of Hermann and twin sister Doris Meyer of Linn Creek. He is also survived and blessed by five granddaughters, Erica, Miranda, Vanessa, Katelyn and Lindsey and step-grandson, Michael.
A visitation was held on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home in Hermann. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday Jan. 2, at Zion St. Paul United Church of Christ in Bay. Burial was at Zion Cemetery, Bay.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Hermann Lion’s Club, c/o Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home.