Bernice Halmstad

Bernice M. (Baker) Halmstad, 94, of Catawba, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Rib Lake Health Services, where she resided the for last eight months. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at Catawba Cemetery in Catawba. Graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Jordan Scott. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

Bernice M. (Baker) Halmstad, 94, of Catawba, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Rib Lake Health Services, where she resided the for last eight months.

Bernice was born in Kennan on March, 31, 1926, to Bertram and Florence (Fiebig) Baker, the oldest of 13 siblings, known as the “Baker’s dozen." She married Maurice Halmstad on Aug. 24, 1946, in Catawba, and they celebrated 55 years of marriage and had six children together. 

She truly enjoyed spending time with her siblings attending family events. She never missed the opportunity to attend celebrations or events for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Bernice is survived by her children, Kathy (Gary) Curtis of Hawkins, Janet Prohaska of Catawba, David Halmstad of Catawba, Kenneth (Kate) Halmstad of Catawba and Jeanne (Greg Meskill) Lynch of Phillips and daughter-in-law, Deb Halmstad of Catawba. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. She is further survived by her siblings, Eileen Madson of Greendale, Delmar Baker of Fairfield, Calif., Don Baker of Fairfiled, Calif., Alice Valiga of Phillips, Albert Baker of Merrifield, Minn., Lynn (Butch) Baker of Lannon, Carole Peterson of Madison and Karen Doremire of Oconomowoc and numerous other family members. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice, in 2001; son, Danie, in 2010; son-in-law, Bob Prohaska; her brothers, Harold and Jerry Baker and her sisters, Cele Liebelt and Bev Watral. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Rib Lake Health Services for the exceptional care of Bernice and everyone who sent birthday cards for her 94th birthday. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at Catawba Cemetery in Catawba. Graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Jordan Scott. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family.