Kouba, Bernetta 'Red' (Grandma)


(11/30/2017)

Bernetta "Red" Kouba (Grandma), of Winona, died on Thursday, November 30, 2017, peacefully surrounded by her family in her home at 90 years of age. Bernetta was born on December 15, 1926, to Albert and Mabel Sobeck (Golish) in East Burns Valley.

Bernetta served the people of Winona for 20 years in the finance department at city hall. She truly enjoyed working and took pride in a job well done. She made each person feel special, remembering everyone's birthday with countless angel food, chocolate or Harvey Wallbanger cakes. After she retired, she volunteered for more than 20 years at the Goodview schools. Her greatest joys were exchanging hugs with the kids on the playground and helping them to learn how to read. This past August she was the Goodview Parade Grand Marshal and her heart was buoyed by hundreds of children calling "Grandma!" "Grandma!" from the sidewalks. She started delivering the morning newspaper at the age of 85 and continued through this past August. She lived by the code: be helpful, be kind. She often said: "It's never too hot for coffee or too cold for ice cream."

Bernetta will be missed dearly by her three daughters, Mary (Brian) Hassinger of Winona, Nancy (Al) Schreiber of Winona, and Terri Kouba (Richard Hobbs) of Polson, Montana; four grandchildren, Brian (Kelly) Hassinger, Jason Hassinger (Kate Libby), Carl Schreiber, and Aimee Schreiber; many nieces and nephews; and her extended family in the Kensington Apartments.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; sisters, Ruth (Lee) Ronnenberg and Marianne (Jule) Mastenbrook; brothers, Eugene (Shirley) Sobeck and Clemens Sobeck; and half-brother, Harold Sobeck.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Church of St. John Nepomucene in Winona with Monsignor Thomas Hargesheimer officiating. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, and one hour prior to the mass at the church. Services entrusted to Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. The family would like to thank Winona Health Hospice Care for its loving care. Special thanks to Bernetta's Kensington family for their friendship and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor can be made to the Goodview Elementary PTA, 5100 West Ninth Street, Goodview, Minn., 55987. Please share a memory of Bernetta and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.

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