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Ethel Bernard - April 10, 2014


Ethel Ilene (Zarecor) Bernard was born Oct. 10, 1928, to Herschal and Ella (Trembly) Zarecor, in Wauneta Neb. She spent her childhood in Wauneta, graduating from Wauneta High in 1946.
On June 9, 1946, she was united in marriage to Harold R. Bernard in Wauneta. To this union two children, Sheryl and Gary, were born.
Harold and Ethel lived on the family farm until Harold’s health declined and then moved to Benkelman.
While on the farm Ethel always grew a big garden. She enjoyed raising chickens so the family had fresh chickens year around.
She always enjoyed standing by the kitchen window and watching the cows come to the windmill to drink. One of her biggest loves and passions was the time spent fishing and camping with family and friends.
Ethel ran the Benkelman Sale Barn café for many years. After moving to town Ethel worked at the Benkelman Library and was on the Library Board for many years, a position she dearly loved for she was an avid reader.
Her other interests were putting jigsaw puzzles together, watching Husker football, and being with her grandkids. They always knew grandma would have a full candy dish.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold; daughter Sheryl; infant great grandson Kaleb Robert Sis; brothers: Dale, Dean, Don, Dennis and sister Mary Lou.
She is survived by her son Gary Bernard and wife Peggy; son-in-law Larry Janousek; nine grandkids: Tina and husband Larry, Robert and wife Barb, Carla, Tammy, Michele, Tonya and husband Jason, Chad and wife Zoe, Travis and wife Jessica and Shawn; 27 great grand children and five great great grand children; brothers: Herschel and wife Mona, Wil and wife Pat, Jimmy, Kenneth, Mickey and wife Brenda; sisters: Barbara Schmidt, Linda and husband Dan Ellegood; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Benkelman Community Building in Benkelman, Neb., with Pastor George Matthews officiating.
Interment was at the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Neb.
A memorial has been established in Ethel’s memory.
Benkelman Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.