Bernadine V. Mayer, 89, of Spring Green, formerly of Wonewoc,

March 13, 2018

Bernadine V. Mayer, 89, of Spring Green, formerly of Wonewoc, Wisconsin, passed away with family by her side and the sun shining on her face as she went to join her family in heaven on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Bernadine was born April 10, 1928 to Ferdinand and Bessie Krueger into a family with great love and compassion. She met her husband, Joe Mayer in the woods when he was hunting squirrels. She knew that day that he was the man she was going to marry and spend her life with. They married August 6, 1947 in Elkader, Iowa, and returned to Joe’s farm to begin their life together. She and Joe had four kids: Terry, Tony, Tommy, and Debbie.

Bernadine devoted her life to her children, her farm (including her huge garden), and later her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Desiree. In her last few years, she was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, whom she thought the world of. 

Bernadine (as many knew her “Grandma”) was a strong woman, a woman who worked hard, and always tried to do the best for the people around her. Her smile could brighten anyone's day, and holding her hand gave a feeling of love and contentment. She always had a way of making her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren know that they were loved and everything would be okay. She always said that her children were her greatest accomplishment. While her goal was always to live to 95, she was happy to meet smaller goals; she was able see her great-grandson, John Thomas being born, she watched him learn how to crawl and walk. She taught him patty-cake and even shared her diet Coke with him. He truly was her shining light.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her Parents; her husband, Joe; and children, Tony and Tommy. Her sisters, Ardi, Clara, Martha, and brother, Larry also preceded her in death. 

Bernadine is survived by her children, Terry Mayer of Reedsburg, and Debbie Mayer of Reedsburg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kristopher Tackes of Spring Green, and Desiree Adams of LaValle. Bernadine leaves behind a legacy of two great-grandchildren, John Thomas Tackes and Wednesday Adams.

Bernadine’s surviving siblings include Dottie Krueger, Dollie (Dale) Kirchner, Helen (Willie) Berndt, and Ray (Leona) Krueger.

Bernadine leaves behind many other relatives and friends.

Bernadine’s family wishes to extend their utmost gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey Collins (and staff) for his decade-long journey with

Bernadine and her family, keeping her healthy and happy. 

Funeral services for Bernadine will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Wonewoc. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., for online information go to

As Grandma always said, “Don’t cry sweetheart, it’ll be okay”.