BERNS, Linda L. (Alcorn) 1938-2010
BERNS, SALTSGIVER, ALCORN, JOHNSTON, BEMISS, GRIMES, SCHNEPF, KOESTER, KANN, SCHMELZER
Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 1/22/2011 at 21:29:05
[Waterloo Courier, Tuesday, August 17, 2010]
WATERLOO - Linda Lee Alcorn Berns, 71, of Waterloo, died home Saturday, Aug. 14, from breast cancer.
She was born Aug. 18, 1938, in West Union, daughter of Leroy and Ruth Saltsgiver Alcorn. She married Michael Joseph Berns Nov. 21, 1954, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.
Mrs. Berns was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union. She attended West Union Schools and Parsons College, Fairfield. Linda worked for State Farm and Northwestern Mutual, Washington, as an insurance secretary. She also was an independent business owner from 1969 to present. She was employed with Qwest, Waterloo, from 1998 to 2008.
Survived by: her husband; two daughters, Beth (Bob) Johnston of Long Grove and Cathy (Paul) Bemiss of West Union; two sons, Tom (Denise) of Waterloo and David (Laurie) of Arvada, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Jesse Johnston of Des Moines, Jamey (fiance Jimmy Skarlis) Johnston of Mason City, Bobby Johnston of Long Grove, Tabetha, Michael and T. Jay Berns, all of Waterloo, Rob (fiancee Tiffany Massaro) Bemiss of Brooksville, Fla., Abi (Michael) Hirsch of Loveland, Colo., David (Duasong) Berns of Arvada, Colo., and Amanda Reiter, Adam (Jenny) Reiter and Aaron Reiter, all of Waterloo; 13 great-grandchildren, Kain Krizek, Presley, Parker, Zion and Paisley Berns, Dexter Berns, Lila Hirsch, Ethan, Logan, Riley, Carly and Emersun Reiter and Zoey Massaro; two sisters, Nancy (Jim) Grimes of West Union and Sharon (Ted) Schnepf of Elgin, Ill.; four brothers-in-law, Ron Koester of Eldorado, John (Janet) Berns of Dubuque, Allen (Rosie) Berns of Winthrop and Bill (Nellie) Berns of Quasqueton; and four sisters-in-law, Eileen Alcorn of West Union, Antoinette Kann of Marquette, Anita Schmelzer of Garnavillo and Marilyn Berns of Cedar Rapids.
Preceded in death by: a sister, Arlene Koester; a brother, Lyle Alcorn; and three brothers-in-law, Larry Berns, Loren Kann and Joe Schmelzer.
Memorial Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel Presbyterian Church, West Union, with inurnment in West Union Cemetery. Public visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, Waterloo, and for an hour before services Friday at the church in West Union.
Linda loved to travel, play bridge and golf. She was active in Christian Women's Group and was an organ donor. She also supported and participated in two worthy causes, Breast Cancer Awareness and The Walk For Life.
Black Hawk Obituaries maintained by Kermit Kittleson.
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