Berndena Alexander, Jan. 10, 1918 — March 6, 2014, of Rocheport

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 5:49 p.m. CST; updated 7:53 p.m. CST, Friday, March 7, 2014

Berndena Wilhelmina Wehmeyer Alexander, 96, of Rocheport, passed away on March 6, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Rocheport United Methodist Church with a luncheon to follow. Graveside services will be held that afternoon at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.

She was born January 10, 1918, near Rocheport, to Karl “Charlie” William and Ida Fredericka (Sieckman) Wehmeyer. On November 7, 1940, Berndena was united in marriage to Jesse William Alexander. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Berndena was a graduate of Rocheport High School and, after she married, worked alongside her husband for many years at Alexander Bros. Farms, their farm and orchard located near Rocheport.

She was a 4-H leader and lifelong member of the Rocheport United Methodist Church, where she was known for her kind smile, peach cobblers and famous apple butter.

She loved to cook, and took the time to teach her grandchildren and great-grandchildren some of her most treasured recipes. Berndena was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma, even enjoying sleepovers with her great-granddaughters at age 95.

One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family, especially every fall when family and friends gathered to make homemade apple butter, a tradition valued by the entire family.

Berndena is survived by her children, Jesse Charles Alexander of Rocheport and Linda (Stuart) Voss of Plattsburgh, NY; five grandchildren, Carla (Jon) Dyer, John (Veena) Voss, David (Genalee) Alexander, Matthew (Erin) Voss, and Julia (Greg) Mees; eight great-grandchildren, Grace Dyer, Maggie Alexander, Katherine Dyer, Sam Alexander, Alexander Dyer, Hannah Mees, Benjamin Voss, and Lauren Mees; two sisters, Vernetta Wehmeyer and Ileen Dometrorch; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Alvin Wehmeyer; and one sister, Helen Silvey.

Memorials may be made in Berndena’s honor to the Rocheport United Methodist Women (UMW) in care of Rocheport United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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