Bernice M. (Seier) Kuchera, 95

Bernice Marjorie (Seier) Kuchera was born September 29, 1923 at Long Pine, NE to Henry and Bessie (Farris) Seier. Her sister, Garneta joined the family two years later. She attended Kindergarten in Long Pine, and completed the rest of her elementary schooling at the Duff School. She graduated from Rock County High School at Bassett, NE in 1941.

After attending Chadron State College at Chadron, NE for one semester, she began teaching elementary school in the fall of 1942 in Rock County. It was on a trip home from Chadron that Bernice met her future husband, Edward Kuchera. They were married at Waynesville, MO on May 13, 1943 and continued to live in Missouri until Ed’s discharge from the Army in 1944.

After returning to Nebraska, they moved to Gering, NE and in 1945 moved to her parent’s ranch south of Long Pine. Their oldest son, Michael Henry, was born April 17, 1948. They moved to Rushville for a year and then purchased a place south of Bassett in 1950 and their second son, Terry Lee, was born February 28, 1951. Bernice resumed teaching in 1952.

Ed and Bernice bought the Trading Post at Rose, NE in 1965. They sold the Trading Post in 1981 and purchased their home in Long Pine.

Bernice received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kearney State College at Kearney, NE in 1982. She continued teaching in the Long Pine School until she retired in 1985, after 33 years of teaching.

She was a member of the Sandhills Quilt Guild and several teacher organizations. She was also actively involved with the Long Pine Legion Auxiliary, holding numerous local and state offices. She was baptized and joined the St. Peter Lutheran Church in 2008.

In June of 2013, Bernice moved into Cottonwood Villa Assisted Living at Ainsworth. With her health declining, she moved from Cottonwood to Rock County Long Term Care at Bassett, on February 8, 2019 and passed away on February 9, 2019.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; and nephew, Ken Johnson.

She is survived by sons, Mike (Janet) Kuchera of Rose and Terry (Jeri) Kuchera of Bassett; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Garneta Johnson of Bassett; along with nieces, nephews and other family and a host of friends and former students.

Funeral services were held on February 13, 2019 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bassett with Vicar Nancy Moore officiating the service. Music was provided by Evelyn Armstrong. Special selections of “Just A Closer Walk with Thee” and “The Love of God” and “How Great Thou Art” by the Horner Sisters, with the congregational selection being “Borning Cry.” The obituary was shared by Jodi Foxworthy and a poem was read by Michelle Bain. Pallbearers were Clay Kuchera, Scott Kuchera, Frank Kuchera, Kent Kuchera, Judson Kuchera, Derek Bell and Kade Kral. Honorary bearers were all of Bernice’s other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family members and friends. Burial followed at the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery in Bassett. Hoch Funeral Home in Bassett was in charge of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Long Pine American Legion Auxiliary or to the donor’s choice. To leave an online condolence, visit www.hochfuneralhome.com.

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