DULUTH, Minn. - Bernice I. Korach, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully on Oct. 6, 2012, at the Benedictine Health Center, in Duluth, Minn.
She was born Aug. 12, 1931, in Duluth, to Alice and John Engman. Raised on the family farm in Twig, Minn., she formed her fondness of simple life, good food, and a love of animals, a trait carried on throughout her life, with her beloved pets.
In high school, Bernice won a trip to compete in bread making at the Minnesota State Fair because she had won first place in bread making at the St. Louis County Fair, in Proctor, Minn.
Hard work and home-canned goodness for her family, caring well for animals and respecting nature were important aspects of her being. Bernice was extremely proud of her Swedish heritage. It was fun to hear her play the accordion that she had learned to play as a young girl.
After graduating from Proctor High school in 1949, Bernice went on to obtain her nursing license from Miller Dwan Hospital.
She was united in marriage to Peter Korach on June 25, 1952, at the Covenant Church in Twig, then moving to Peters' home town of Crosby, Minn., where they started raising their family and she started her career.
Bernice was a school nurse at the Riverton School and worked at the Cuyuna Range Clinic until the family transferred, with Peters occupation, to Iron River in 1969.
She continued to work as a nurse at Central School in Iron River, finishing her career at the Ice Lake Clinic. Bernice was a familiar face to many as the result of being the nurse there until her retirement in 1997.
There is no denying, Bernice was a natural caregiver/family peacekeeper in the truest sense of the words, compassion and respect for every living creature.
Bernice was preceded in death by her father, John D. Engman; brother, John D. (Jack) Engman; and her in-laws, Violet and Marion Korach.
She is survived by her husband, Peter; her mother, Alice I. Engman; a sister, Lois "Tootie" LeBlanc; children, Reen (Jill), Dean (Al), Becky (Jean), Judy (Clarence) Tryba; grandchildren, Reen and Kim; and a great-granddaughter, Kalli.
A celebration of Bernice's life will begin with a gathering of family and friends from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Nov. 10, at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.
Graveside services will be held at the cemetery in Crosby, Minn. at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River.
Sincerest gratitude from her family to all those involved in her care at Keystone Bluffs, St. Luke's Hospital and Benedictine Health center.