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Bernice Volkens, 87

July 3, 2019
Reinbeck Courier
Bernice Volkens, 87, of Reinbeck, passed away on Saturday, June 29th at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Reinbeck while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Abels Funeral and Cremation Service French-Hand Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck. Burial will follow at Reinbeck Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to family. Messages of condolences may be made by visiting She was born on August 15, 1931 in Grundy Center, daughter of Edward and Isabel (Fisher) Cullinan. She attended Grundy Center Schools and Iowa Teacher’s College (UNI). She married Virgil Volkens on April 24, 1952 and they made their lifelong home in rural Reinbeck where they raised their family and farmed. Bernice enjoyed watching Iowa State athletics; traveling and playing golf with her husband; bird watching; getting together with her birthday club frequently and attending her children and grandchildren’s events. She was an active member and held each office in her many years of participation with the American Legion Auxiliary and Reinbeck Women’s Club. She wrote a newspaper column “The Cooking Corner” for the Reinbeck Courier for 35 years. Bernice is survived by her husband Virgil; five children, Victoria (Steve) Truby of Des Moines, Craig (Jamie) of Leawood, KS, David of Brecksville, OH, Kent (Kelcey) of Des Moines, and Kevin (Michelle) of Reinbeck; ten grandchildren, Jess, Patrick, Allison, Vanessa, Kristin, Brent, Ryan, Sean, Samantha and Chad; six great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Richard (Romagene) Volkens of Reinbeck. She was proceeded in death by her parents; sister, Dolores (Donald) Messenger; parents-in-law, Grover and Emma; and sister-in-law, Lavina (Charles) Rohach. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Parkview Manor Nursing Home and Cedar Valley Hospice for the exception care of our wife and mother.

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