Bernette (Kalmes) Scherbring, 101, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at her residence in Lake Winona Manor. Bernette was born April 13, 1919 to Joseph and Mary (Ritt) Kalmes, the oldest of three children. Bernette's love of music started at an early age. She began playing piano and organ in church as a teenager and played viola in the Winona Orchestra. After graduating from Winona High School, she began working as a bookkeeper for her father at Kalmes Implement. On August 11, 1942 she married Gilbert Scherbring. In 1972 Gilbert took ownership of Kalmes Implement from Bernette's father. Bernette continued her musical path through teaching numerous children piano lessons and playing organ at St. Anthony Catholic Church for 55 years. She was also an avid card player with a love for playing Bridge. Bernette was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donald, a sister Florence and her husband Gilbert. Bernette will be remembered and missed by her sons, Bernie (Bonnie) Scherbring, Bob (Deb) Scherbring and Dave Scherbring; grandchildren, Jeff (Mary) Scherbring, Scott (Pam) Scherbring, Jay (Jackie) Scherbring, Amy (Jake) McKown, Gari (Steve) Pisca, Erin (John) Scholla and AJ (Sarah) Scherbring; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many other family and friends.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles with the Reverend Will Thompson of St. Anthony Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow services in St. Mary's Cemetery at Oak Ridge. A visitation will be from 10 am until time of services Thursday at the funeral home. Please share a memory of Bernette at her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
Bernette's family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Lake Winona Manor and Watkins Manor for their attentiveness and loving care.
To view Bernette's funeral service via live stream, please click on the following link at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 14th. https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=161058865995239
"Tony n I are so sorry to hear of Bernetts passing. I remember her soft kind voice and she would play her organ n we loved it! She was so gentle and a great listener. She lived a lot of history thinking this when the grandsons funeral speech was very informative. Loved it and all the pictures. Memories are so special. Our prayers and love are with you all. Love Tony n Linda Kiedrowski
"I remember Bernette playing bridge with my Mother. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Bonnie Greden"
"Another matriarch leaves this earth to begin her eternal life. May her legacy bring each of you comfort. My sincere condolences."
"Your in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories!"
"So sorry to hear of Bernette's passing. Bernette lived a long life filled with family and friends. She will be missed by all.
Tom and Jeanne "
"Bernie, Bob, and Dave and Families
Was surprised and sorry to see the passing of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a great lady and model to her families and the community. She saw unbelievable change in her 101 years and always had time to mentor and teach. She will be missed by all who knew her, but most of all by her family.
Our prayers are with your families as you celebrate her life. Gods blessings to you all
Allan and Loni"
"Bernie,Bob and David,
We are so sorry to hear of your moms passing.
She had 101 yrs which is awesome!!
I so wish I could have gotten to see her before this.
I will forever remember her as a kind, gracious wonderful lady.
Let the good memories fill your minds of your mom.
And know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sam and Margaret (McCormick) Gaustad"
"I feel so blessed to have gotten to know Bernette later in her life. She is someone I quickly felt a connection with and someone I will forever remember. My thoughts and prayers to her family who loved her so well. "
"We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bernette! What a beautiful woman she was. What wonderful memories we all have of her. Now we need to take those memories, tuck them deep in our hearts, and she will always be with us. "
"I am sorry to read of your loss. Your mother was a very special lady (and not just because we shared the same birthday.) Sending prayers for all your family. "
"Heartfelt sympathy to the family of dear Bernette. I have been blessed to have known this wonderful lady from the days of her volunteering at Winona Health to the time she spent living at Watkins Senior Living. We shared many laughs and interesting discussions about life in general. RIP my friend, so many memories to cherish ??"
"The Hoffman family extends our sympathy to all of Bernett's family. She was the " rock " in both the Kalmes & the Scherbring families, just like Josie was in ours. God bless Bernette & her family."