Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht

Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht

Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht, age 92, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:53 p.m., on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Bernice’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Bernice’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice was born on November 21, 1926, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of George A. and Mary M. (Nauman) Pape.

Bernice was united in marriage to the love of her life, Burton Albrecht, on June 22, 1948, and they were blessed with 6 wonderful children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her, much too soon, on December 29, 1968. She was a devoted wife and mother who also put her talents to work outside of her home as a nurse’s assistant at Hempstead High School, and doing light assembly with Barnstead Thermolyne, until her well earned retirement in 1991. Bernice’s faith was very important to her as evidenced by her long time membership with both Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, and Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. When she found herself with some free time, Bernice enjoyed going bowling with friends, working outside caring for her yard or playing ball with the kids, hitting them shag balls helping them to improve not only their baseball skills, but their math skills as well. She was also a die hard Cubs fan, and was thrilled to get to see them win the World Series in 2016. However, her favorite activity was spending time with her family, they truly were her pride and joy. She loved going to watch the children and grandchildren’s sporting events and theater performances. We are deeply saddened at losing Bernice in our daily lives, but are grateful for all of the wonderful memories we have created throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Bernice’s memory include

her children,
Dave (Sue) Albrecht, Sherrill, IA,
Marlys (Jim) Weaver, LaFeria, TX,
Bruce (Pam) Albrecht, Sherrill, IA,
Patti (Terry) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,
Mary (Erin) LaFoe, Dubuque, IA
and Bill (Lisa) Albrecht, Wooster, OH;

her 9 grandchildren,
Larry (Tara) Goedert, Juli (Craig) Spitzmiller, Jeremy Albrecht, Gynger Steele, Adam (Kristen) Shaffer, Nate (Paige) Albrecht, Max Albrecht, Jordan (Andrew) Redman and Will LaFoe;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Nick (Lindsay) Goedert, Andrea Goedert, Jake Goedert and Violet Shaffer;

her great-great-grandson,
Ryder Goedert;

her 2 brothers,
LaVern (Lou) Pape, Dubuque, IA
and Eldon Pape, Balltown, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Maureen Pape, Dubuque, IA.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burton Albrecht; a brother, Norbert Pape; a sister-in-law, Betty Pape; and a nephew, Curt Pape.

Bernice’s family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Home, for all of their professional, kind and compassionate care of Bernice and her family.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
June 20th, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
June 20th, 2019 at 11:00 AM

3 condolences for Bernice M. (Pape) Albrecht
  1. Diane & Tim says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  2. BJ and Ken Kruempel says:

    We extend our sympathy. Unfortunately we won’t be able to get to the visitation or funeral, but wish we could.

  3. Heidi E says:

    Today, I learned that your family is mourning the loss of your beloved Bernice. Please accept my condolences and be assured that almighty God is certainly aware of your painful feelings. May God comfort and sustain you to get through this day and others to come (Isa 41:13). Wishing your family all the best at this most difficult period.

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