Bernice Balbach

Bernice Louise Balbach, 96, of Springfield, died on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Home.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 30, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Springfield where the funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m.   Pastor Tricia Mattson and Chaplain Noel Wetter will officiate at the service.  Interment will be in the Springfield City Cemetery.

Bernice Louise Balbach was born August 4, 1922, to George and Ella (Tews) Buhr at the family farm in Stately Township, Brown County, Minnesota. She attended country school through eighth-grade and then helped friends and family with a
variety of jobs. She met Lynn “Bud” Balbach and they were married on February 17, 1946, at Christ Lutheran Church in Stately Township. The couple farmed northeast of Springfield living on the same farm for 59 years.  In 2007, they moved into Springfield. In 2014, Bernie became a resident of the St. John Circle of Care. Bernie was involved with the Birthday Pinochle Club, Bridge Club, extension club, St. John Lutheran  Home Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Hospital Auxiliary. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she helped with Bible school, Altar Guild, funeral committee, and quilting group, attended Bible study, and served in the Rebekah Circle and WELCA. Bernie enjoyed gardening
and flowers, crafts, traveling, baking especially poppy seed cake and lemon and apple pie, and playing cards. Time with her family was very special and she enjoyed playing games with them. 

She is survived by daughter, Barbara and husband Barry Johnson of Red Wing; granddaughters, Traci and husband Jeff Sonju of Red Wing, Nicole and husband Jason Burow of Red Wing, and Kriste and husband Nate Cheeley of St.
Michael; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Jake, Kate, Emily, Lillie, Brody, Ella, and Bryn.  Bernie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bud Balbach, in 2011; sisters, Irene Krueger and Marge Gatzlaff; brother, Leroy Buhr; brothers-in-law, Wilbert Krueger, Loren Gatzlaff, Percy Balbach, Ward Balbach, and Butch Schenk; and sisters-in-law, Erna Balbach, Melvine Balbach, and Dorothy Schenk. 

In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. John Circle of Care, or Redwood Area Hospice. 

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. 

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