Bernice Lanik, 87, Winona, died Christmas Eve at her home.
Bernice was born in Winona, the daughter of Samuel and Hazel (Sampson) Pittelko.
She graduated from Winona State Teachers College in 1936, and taught elementary school in Winona County until 1947. She raised her children, then went back to college to finish her four year degree, and taught for seventeen years in Gilmore Valley and at Central School. She was recognized as the Winona County Rural Teacher of the Year. She was, by profession and nature, a teacher.
Bernice married Charles Lanik on March 1, 1941. They were the love of each other's lives for 63 years.
Bernice was a member of St. John Nepomucene Parish and its Rosary Society, the Rural Teachers Association, and the Retired Teachers Association.
She enjoyed her grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by her husband, Charles, of Winona; four children: Janice Pereda, of Winona, George (Joan Slous) Lanik, of Bethesda, Md., Kenneth (Joanne) Lanik, of Winona, and Donald (Jayne) Lanik, of Galesville, Wis.; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
A Eucharistic Celebration of Bernice's life was held Tuesday, December 30 at St. John Nepomucene Church, with the Rev. Daniel R. Dernek officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
A memorial is being arranged.
A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.