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Joan L Berndt

December 14, 1939 — January 20, 2024

Wausau

We bid farewell to a remarkable soul as we mourn the passing of Joan L Berndt. She peacefully left us on January 20, 2024 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. 

Joan was born to parents Martin and Lorena Kiefer on December 14, 1939, in Wausau. Her devout Christian faith guided her through the years with love and compassion, and she was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 50+ years.  She actively participated in several Bible study clubs, nurturing her spiritual growth, and sharing her insights with others.

Joan's love for sports was infectious, particularly for college football and basketball, as she supported both the Wisconsin Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils. A dedicated Green Bay Packer season ticket holder and loyal fan, she enjoyed the excitement and camaraderie of every game day.

Joan embraced the beauty of nature, finding joy among her cherished flowers and plants. Her green thumb led her to membership in the YWCA Garden Club, where she shared her wisdom and fostered a love for nature within the community. She was also an avid reader and was active in several book clubs throughout the years. Joan was a dog lover, and especially enjoyed the companionship of her dogs Bucky, Murphy, and Scottie throughout her lifetime.  She was a devoted, caring, and present friend, who nurtured her many lifelong friendships through regular trips, phone calls, and visits. In addition to her numerous activities, Joan was a loyal partner and supporter of Norm as the owner/operator of Berndt's Pharmacy, and she served as the past President of the Wisconsin Pharmacist Association Auxiliary. 

Joan's heart belonged to her family. Throughout her 63 years of marriage, she shared an unbreakable bond with her husband Norm. Their partnership was a testament to the enduring power of love, which guided them through life's joys and sorrows. Joan reveled in the role of a loving mother, nurturing her children with support, kindness, and devotion.  She especially enjoyed many days of happy memories at the family cottage in Lake Tomahawk, WI.

Above all, her grandchildren held a special place in her heart. They brought her immense joy and filled her with happiness. Joan cherished their presence, creating precious memories that will forever hold a treasured place in their hearts.

Joan leaves behind her beloved husband, Norm; adored children, Brad (Sue) Berndt and Julia Berndt; cherished grandchildren, Sarah (Scott) LeVine and Luke Berndt; and sister-in-law, Janean (Bill) Larson. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald; and granddaughter, Faith.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 11:00 AM, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau. Visitation will be at 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Pastor Ethan Larson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Joan's name to Wesley United Methodist Church, Wausau, WI or Forest Springs Ministry, Westboro, WI.

Our family wishes to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses in the Aspirus Critical Care Unit- your care and compassion for Joan was outstanding.


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Visitation

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401

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