July 28, 1936 - October 31, 2014


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Bernice G. Heim, age 78 of St. Joseph who passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014 at her home. Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate. Burial will take place at the parish cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph and after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Joseph Parish Center Heritage Hall. Parish prayers will be 6:00 pm. on Monday at the funeral home in St. Joseph.

Bernice was born July 28, 1936 in Richmond, Minnesota to Leo and Antoinette (Heying) Utecht. She married Gerald “Jerry” Heim on November 5, 1956 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond. The couple farmed near St. Joseph from 1960 until 2001. She was also employed by Short Stop Catering. Bernice was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Senior Citizens and St. Joseph Y2K Lions, St. Joseph American Legion Post #328 Auxiliary and the Albany Pioneer Club. Bernice volunteered at Place of Hope, St. Benedict’s Monastery, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and St. Joseph Lab School.

Bernice liked to travel, play cards, socialize, farm and garden. She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.

Bernice is survived by her children, Linda (Larry) Jernberg of St. Joseph, Daniel of Clifton, Colorado, Roger (Regina) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Gerri (Dave) Feld of St. Joseph and Patty Kaeter of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Florence “Flossy” Heim of Sartell, Lenore (Celestine) Schmidt of Roscoe and Mildred (Merle) Mueller of Richmond; and brother, Richard (Sue) of Richmond.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry; two sisters, Theresa and Elizabeth Utecht.

Bernice’s family would like to thank her Heartland Hospice care team, Short Stop Catering for their generosity, the St. Joseph Centra Care Clinic, Dr. Thomas Newton and also family, friends and neighbors for their love and support during this difficult time.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.