Name: Miss Doris Ella Bernahl, 91 years old of Altamont, passed away peacefully on Friday morning January 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont where she made her residence for the past 9 years.
Visitation for family and friends will be conducted from 2:00 until 3:00 PM on Sunday January 24, 2016 at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church rural Altamont, Illinois. The Funeral Service will begin immediately after the Visitation with the Rev. Clayton Vail officiating. Burial rites will be conducted at the church cemetery immediately following the funeral services.
Doris Ella Bernahl was born on December 27, 1923 at the family farm in the Bethlehem Community, Effingham County near Altamont where she continued to live just one mile down the road from the church her entire life until her health lead her to the Lutheran Care Center.
Doris was the daughter of Otto and Martha Muchow-Bernahl. Doris was a lifetime member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed in her faith. During her adulthood, she served as chapter secretary for the AAL, a position she continued to enjoy for many years.
Many people outside the Bethlehem Community would have become acquainted with Doris through her years-long employment at the Kull Funeral Home and the Kull Furniture Galleries.
Doris enjoyed a life-long hobby of playing cards and dominoes, mostly with her family. She also liked a good game of Bingo, and visiting with out-of-town relatives at the annual Bernahl reunions. Following retirement, Doris enjoyed traveling, which included bus tours around the country and in Canada, and a trip to Germany. She especially enjoyed family gatherings over the years at the homes of her nieces Jeanne and Linda and her nephew Robert.
Memorialsthey may be directed to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Post Office Box #187, Altamont, IL 62411 and or the Donor’s Choice.
She is survived by her:
Brother: Raymond (wife, Dorothy) Bernahl Lincoln, Illinois
Sister-in-law: Esther Leppin-Bernahl Altamont, Illinois
Nieces and Nephews: Linda (husband, Charlie) Bernahl-Dahlheimer St. Louis, Missouri
Jeanne (husband, Dale) Bernahl-Wolff Altamont, Illinois
Robert (wife, Cynthia Hulsizer)-Bernahl Philo, Illinois
Gary, Dennis and Gene Bernahl Lincoln, Illinois
And numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by Her: Parents
2- Brothers: Lambert Bernahl in childhood
Elwin Phillip Bernahl in 2012
Great Niece: Allegra Sarai Wolff