Bernette Scherbring dies at 101

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — Bernette (Kalmes) Scherbring, 101, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at her residence in Lake Winona Manor. Bernette was born April 13, 1919 to Joseph and Mary (Ritt) Kalmes, the oldest of three children.

Bernette Scherbring (2)Bernette’s love of music started at an early age. She began playing piano and organ in church as a teenager and played viola in the Winona Orchestra. After graduating from Winona High School, she began working as a bookkeeper for her father at Kalmes Implement. On August 11, 1942, she married Gilbert Scherbring. In 1972, Gilbert took ownership of Kalmes Implement from Bernette’s father. Bernette continued her musical path through teaching numerous children piano lessons and playing organ at St. Anthony Catholic Church for 55 years.,

She also was an avid card player with a love for playing bridge.

Bernette will be remembered and missed by her sons, Bernie (Bonnie) Scherbring, Bob (Deb) Scherbring and Dave Scherbring; grandchildren, Jeff (Mary) Scherbring, Scott (Pam) Scherbring, Jay (Jackie) Scherbring, Amy (Jake) McKown, Gari (Steve) Pisca, Erin (John) Scholla and AJ (Sarah) Scherbring; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many other family and friends.

Bernette was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Donald; a sister, Florence, and her husband, Gilbert.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles, with the Reverend Will Thompson of St. Anthony Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Oak Ridge. A visitation will be from 10 am until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

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Bernette’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Lake Winona Manor and Watkins Manor for their attentiveness and loving care.

To view Bernette’s funeral service via live stream, click on the following link at 11 a.m. Thursday.