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“Ken, Lana, Karen and Bill: I was sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Having recently lost my mom, I know all too well how very difficult that is....Read More »
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“I am sorry to hear of the passing of you Mother. She and I were great friends when we were young. I remember the good times that we had. ”
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“To my cousins, Bill, Karen, Ken and Lana: I am so sorry for your loss! Aunt Berniece was a wonderful person and I feel so blessed to have had her in...Read More »
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“She was a wonderful person.Always pleasant. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Terese Prasil - Rochester, MN

“Ken, Bill, Karen and Lana, Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. Your Mom and I had some good talks and also had Fun and alot of Laughs...Read More »
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Berniece Elnora Thornton Reko, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home at The Farmstead in Andover, Minnesota, on September 16, 2013. A celebration of Berniece's life and of Christian Burial will be conducted on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, Mn. with the Reverend Matthew Molesky, Berniece's grandson-in-law officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Web tributes can be left at www.pattonfh.com. Berniece was born on April 13, 1923, on the Thornton farm in Verona Township, Faribault County, Minnesota. She was the eighth of nine children born to William S. and Isabell (Mitchell) Thornton. Following her father's death, her mother remarried and when Berniece was 14 the family moved to a farm in Pilot Grove Township. Berniece was educated in the Huntley Consolidated School, country school in Pilot Grove Township, and Mankato State College. On November 18, 1942, Berniece was united in marriage to Russell W. Reko at the First Methodist Church in Blue Earth. During World War II, she resided on her parent's farm until 1945 when Russ was discharged from the Army. Following the war, Russ and Berniece made their home in Blue Earth. Russ passed away on September 25, 1969. Following Russ's death, Berniece worked at Rog &n El's Red Owl and Bomgaars Family Center in Blue Earth. In 1985 Berniece moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and during her years there she worked at Hallmark and Sears. In 2013 she moved to Andover, Minnesota and became a resident of The Farmstead. Berniece was a long-time member of Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church in Blue Earth (which years later became Salem United Methodist Church), and Bethany United Methodist Church in Rochester. She was also an active member of the VFW Auxiliary and Legion Auxiliary in Blue Earth and Rochester. Berniece enjoy traveling, music, the Minnesota Twins, and playing cards – she was a demon "500" card player. Berniece was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her stepfather, Quello Sager; her brothers: William (Bernice) Thornton, Robert Thornton, Ralph (Mabel) Thornton, and Melvin (Elizabeth) Thornton; and by her sisters: Helen (Fim) Krull, Mabel (Lawrence) Oskerson, Gladys (Evard) Sager, and Mildred (Marcell) Sorenson. She is survived by her sons: William (Lea) Reko of Lake City, Florida; Kenneth (Linda) Reko of Andover, Minnesota and by her daughters: Karen Sperlich of Fruitland, Washington; and Lana (Robert) Goodman of Rochester, Minnesota. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Susan Molesky, Sandra Pudwill, Shelly Gruber, Anna Reko, Tierney Goodman, Marshall Goodman and Stephanie Reko; and by six great grandchildren: Colton Molesky, Isabella Molesky, Ezra Molesky, Nehemiah Molesky, Keith Pudwill, Kim Pudwill, Samantha Gruber, Jessica Gruber and Nicholas Gruber. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Elizabeth Thornton. Memorials are preferred to the Faribault County Historical Society in Blue Earth, or The Farmstead Presbyterian Homes in Andover.