Bernice “Bernie” Moritz, age 82, of Hutchinson, formerly Stewart, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital in Hutchinson.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, Minnesota, with interment in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Stewart.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, all at the Church.
Bernice “Bernie” Marie Arlene Moritz was born on November 24, 1936, in McLeod County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Bernhardt G. and Elsie E. (Risch) Blum. Bernie was baptized as an infant on December 6, 1936, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 28, 1950. She received her education in Stewart, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Stewart High School Class of 1954.
On May 18, 1956, Bernie was united in marriage to Virgil Moritz at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. This marriage was blessed with two children, Robert and Susan. Bernie and Virgil resided in Stewart until 2006, and then moved to Hutchinson, Minnesota, and resided at the Pines. In 2007, Bernie moved to Cedar Crest, and later resided at Burns Manor, and Harmony River. They shared 54 years of marriage until Virgil passed away on December 26, 2010.
Bernie was employed as a bookkeeper at Moritz Brothers Implement and then was employed at 3M in Hutchinson for 30 years from 1966 to 1996. She then was employed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart as their secretary until she retired in 2006. Bernie was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart and was involved in the church choir. She was also a very dedicated and faithful member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 125 in Stewart for 56 years. In Bernie’s younger years, she competed in many area water ball fights with the Stewart Fire Department Powder Puff Gals. She was also actively involved in the 3M club.
Bernie enjoyed bowling and made several trips to regional and national tournaments. She also enjoyed gardening, playing bingo, collecting stuff, singing and reading. She loved to travel and one of her most memorable trips was to Holy Land with her church. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.
Bernie passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the Hutchinson Health Hospital, at the age of 82 years.
Blessed be her memory.
Bernie is survived by her:
Son, Bob Moritz and his wife, Sue of Hutchinson, MN;
Daughter, Sue Gray and her husband, Mike of St. Cloud, MN;
Grandchildren, Krista Moritz of Cologne and her fiancé, Justen Storms of Cologne, MN,
Bill Moritz of Bloomington, MN;
Sister, Beatrice Watson of Gig Harbor, WA;
Sister-in-law, Janice Blum of Cosmos, MN;
Nieces, Nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Bernie is preceded in death by her Husband, Virgil Moritz; Parents, Bernhardt and Elsie Blum; Brother, Arnold Blum; and Brother-in-law, Alfred Watson.