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Bernadine  Opal  Wachholtz
     Bernadine Opal Wachholtz, 94, of North Platte, passed away on Mar. 4, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. Bernadine was born Sept. 7, 1918, at Pender to William H. and Leoma Moore Gilster. She grew up in Plainview where she attended school.
     On May 7, 1938, Bernadine married Edwin Otto Wachholtz at Julesburg, Colo. They made their home in Plainview before moving to Neiligh and then North Platte in 1942.
     She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, BPO Does Drove No. 109 and the Social Order of Beauceants.
     Bernadine loved baking cinnamon rolls and breads, cooking and flowers. She also enjoyed dancing, playing cards and Nebraska football. Bernadine loved little children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
     Survivors include her husband of 74 years, of North Platte; two sons, Larry (Vicki) Wachholtz, of North Platte and Ken (Judy) Wachholtz, of Palm Desert, Calif.; two daughters: LaJean (Val) Long, of Sioux City, Iowa and Linda (Steven) Campbell, of San Diego, Calif.; 10 grandchildren: Bruce, Tracy, Kena Jo, Sherry, Kyle, Chris, Chad, Wendy, Tesha and Justin; 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other family.
     She was preceded in death by her sons, Harlan and infants, Ricky and Rocky Wachholtz; a grandson, Tim; her parents; and three brothers, Glade, Gordon "Hop" and Donald Gilster.
     Memorials may be made to the North Platte Shriner''s Transportation Fund.
     Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Mar. 8, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Frank Fitch III officiating. Burial will follow in the North Platte Cemetery. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 3/6/2013
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