Ethelyn Berns
September 07, 1925 - April 18, 2016
Elkader, Iowa

Visitation: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM April 22, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church - Farmersburg, IA
Funeral Service: 3:00 PM April 22, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church - Farmersburg, IA
Interment: April 22, 2016 at Monona Cemetery - Monona, IA

Ethelyn Berns, 90, of Elkader, died Monday, April 18, at the Elkader Care Center. Her funeral service will be held Friday, April 22, at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, with burial at Monona Cemetery.

Ethelyn Eva Herrmann Berns was born in Wagner Township, Clayton County, Iowa, to Lester and Esther (Kliefoth) Kurth. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmersburg, Iowa. She attended Center Country School, graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1943, attended Wartburg College, and graduated from Upper Iowa University.

Ethelyn began teaching in rural schools, followed by two years at St. Paulís of Waverly in third and fourth grades, and finished her 33 year career at MFL as an art teacher.

She married Harley Herrmann in 1949, who passed away in 1991. They had two children who survive her: Linda (Thad) Gavin, Coralville, IA, and David (Dawn) Herrmann, Thomasville, NC. She also leaves a grandson, Zachary Herrmann and his wife, Jillian, of rural St. Olaf, IA.

In 1992, Ethelyn married Lawrence Berns of Elkader whose large family added a new aspect to her life. Larry died in 2012. Surviving are stepchildren Greg Berns, Oelwein, Mary (Dave) Engeltjes, Spirit Lake, Helen (El) Shew, Underwood, Janet Lillie, Eyota, MN, Joanne (Rafe) Koopman, Garnavillo, Colleen (Frank) Lindauer, Longmont, CO, Karen (Larry) Nation, Rochester, MN, Kathy Berns, Louisville, KY, and Jim (Lorraine) Berns, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ethelyn held various offices in clubs and organizations with which she was involved over the years: St. John WELCA, St. John Council, American Legion Auxiliary, POW organizations, Garden Club, Womanís Club, Clayton County Artists, teacherís organizations, Heritage Club, and Red Hatters. She enjoyed traveling, arts and crafts, reading, and creative writing.

Besides her parents and her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her older brother, Vernon Kurth, sister-in-law Irma Kurth, her two younger sisters, Barbara Christianson and Karen Wright, and her brother-in-law, Jack Wright.

Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 87, Farmersburg, IA 52047.



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