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Bernice A Stellar

August 25, 1925 — April 25, 2021

Bernice Stellar, 95, of Independence, died Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Gundersen Tri-County Care Center, Whitehall. Bernice was born August 25, 1925 in Arcadia, Wis., to George and Verna (Skriepeitz) Waletski. She married Adolph Stellar November 11, 1946 in Arcadia. He died April 30, 2007. The couple farmed for many years before moving to Independence. Bernice worked at Gopher Glove. She was a cook at Club Midway for 17 years and also cooked at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School. She took pride in her craftwork, needlepoint and crocheting. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Bernice is survived by four children, Charlotte (Joe) Bisek of Independence, Ron (Peggy) Stellar of Chippewa Falls, Pat (Jerry) Knudson of Independence and Joyce Schneider; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother, Clarence Skriepeitz; sister, Margaret Hanson; grandsons, Jerry Bisek and Keith Stellar. Mass of Christian Burial (with COVID-19 guidelines) will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Independence, with burial the church cemetery. COVID-19 guidelines for the Mass Peter and Paul Catholic Church Independence, Wisconsin Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged (Masks are available at the church entrance if you need one) + Please enter the church with proper social distancing through the west center doors (facing Hwy 93) + After signing the register book, please go to the right side and up the aisle to offer your condolences to the family. + You may only offer your condolences from a social distance. + Family members who live in your house may sit together. + All others must be seated 6 feet apart and only in open pews. Communion + Per Diocese of La Crosse guidelines: If receiving communion requires you to pass someone in your pew not in your household, then everyone seated in the pew should come forward. If those coming forward are not receiving Communion, they can simply signal by crossing their arms or pass by without approaching the priest of deacon. + Maintain proper social distancing at the end of Mass and walking out of the church to the grave. + Exiting the church after Mass will be through the elevator addition only. + Maintain proper social distancing while at the graveside service. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to Mass at the church. Mass may be viewed on SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School Facebook Live. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Bernice A Stellar, please visit our flower store.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

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SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

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