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Bernette Njus

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Bernette Ann Njus, age 79, of Lawler, Iowa died Friday March 29, 2019, at her home in Lawler with family at her side. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Crane Creek, rural Lawler, IA, with interment at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Lawler with Dennis Njus, Deb Njus-Heckman, Dawn Njus, David Njus, Eric Njus, and Zach Njus serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bernette’s grandchildren Coral Njus, Chris Thies, Allie Njus, Macie Njus and Nick Njus. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Bernette Ann Njus was born November 29, 1939, in Tripoli, IA, the youngest of three children. She attended Fremont #7 County School in Bremer county and graduated from the Tripoli High School in 1958. Bernette devoted her life to caring for people. She began working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in New Hampton in the early 1960’s as a nurse’s aide, which is where she met the love of her life, Lyle. The couple was married on April 28, 1962, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. To this union, four children were born: Dennis, Deb, Dawn, and David. After working at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bernette went to work third shift at New Hampton Care Center. She really enjoyed helping take care of people. In 1979, Bernette helped establish the Chickasaw County Home Healthcare program, was named Director in 1981 where she worked for 27 years until her retirement in 2006. Bernette found her joy in life by gathering her family together for meals, holiday celebrations, and simply just being there to visit in her home. Bernette took pride in her flower beds, cooking and baking, Christmas light display, having trick or treaters at the house with a family chili feed to wrap up the evening, and packing picnic lunches to enjoy a family outing with fishing, shopping, or playing ball at a park. Crane Creek Church was dear to Bernette’s heart and she loved going to sunrise services and making dinner rolls for church dinners, as long as her health allowed her to. The grandchildren’s fondest memories include the Njus family trips to Adventure Land. Bernette loved attending her grandchildren’s events at school. She enjoyed providing taxi service to the grandchildren and their friends! Bernette is survived by her husband, Lyle Njus of Lawler, IA; an adopted son, Eric Njus(Samantha Finger), Lawler, IA; two sons; Dennis (Connie) Njus of New Hampton, IA, David Njus(Lisa Myers) of Lawler, IA; two daughters, Deb (Nick) Njus-Heckman of Lawler, IA, Dawn Njus (Greg Thies) of New Hampton,IA; one brother, Charles (Connie) Hay of Denver, IA; seven grandchildren, Eric Njus (Samantha Finger), Zach (Nikki) Njus, Coral Njus, Chris Thies, Allie Njus, Macie Njus, Nick Njus. She was preceded in death by her parents, Laverne and Lucille Hay; her sister Betty Maus, and multiple in-laws.

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  1. Dear Njus Family, My deepest sympathy to you all. I enjoyed visiting with your mom Bernette. You are in my thought and prayers. Please Take Care

  2. Our thoughts and prayers to the Njus family on the passing of your mother. Good memories of their friendship with our parents. Cheryl (Goss) Ostrander

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I was so fortunate to have spent time with Bernette , Lyle, and the kids when I myself was young . Bernette was a very special lady and I know she will be missed.

  4. My deepest sympathy to the Njus family. I had the great pleasure of working with Bernette when she was working for the Home Health Care Agency. She was truly a special lady and friend. Bernette will be greatly missed by all those that had the pleasure to know her.

  5. May the memories of your loved one console you in the days ahead. All our thoughts and prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  6. Lyle. And kids just found out about mom today.vi will keep you in my prayers. So sorry imissed the. She was a very dear and lovung friend

  7. I’m so sorry to see that Bernette has passed away,She was a wonderful person and I will miss my dear friend. I was gone on vacation and find out until late last week.

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