Violet Reynolds Bernhardt


  Violet Gwendolyn (Reynolds) Bernhardt, 102, of Guttenberg, IA, died Thursday, December 26, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center. She was born on March 31, 1911, in Agency, Iowa, the daughter of Homer Harrison Reynolds and Clara Belle (Rodibaugh) Reynolds.

Violet graduated from Agency High School in Agency in 1929 and attended Ottumwa Heights College and later City College in New York. Violet worked at the Post Office in Agency in the summers of 1931 and 1932. She was a teacher from 1934 to 1935.  She then attended beauty school and was also a self-employed beautician. 

Violet was a veteran of WWII, having enrolled as a WAC on October 22, 1942, and discharged as a Sgt. on October 31, 1945. Violet received a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon and WAAC Service Medal.  After her discharge, she worked as a substitute teacher in the New York City School System and worked in an office of a department store in New York City.  On July 19, 1947, Violet was united in marriage with Carl Walter Bernhardt at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior’s Atonement in New York City, where they lived until retirement in 1975, when they moved to Iowa. 

Violet was interested in history and world events, crocheting and knitting.  She lived in Guttenberg until she passed away. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Carl, on February 25, 1990, brother, Marvin, and her in-laws, Christoph and Auguste Bernhardt.  

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Garnavillo, IA, where the family received friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013. Funeral services were held at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 28 with the Rev. James R. Fiete officiating.  Interment followed at Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers and all types of sympathy, memorials may be sent to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Garnavillo Dollars for Scholars or a charity of your choice.

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