Biertzer, Bernardine A.

Died: 15 November 2020

Bernardine A. Biertzer, nee Schmidt, died on Sunday, 15 November 2020 at The Waterford of West Bend at the age of 92 years.  She was born on 11 April 1928 in the Town of Trenton to the late Alvin and Mary (nee Klinka) Schmidt.

On 29 May 1948, she was united in marriage to Willard J. Gerner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg.  Willard predeceased 20 January 1979. She later married Donald J. Biertzer at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg on 18 May 1984.

Bernardine was a life-long resident of Washington County.  For 35 years, she worked for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department as a secretary.

Survivors include her husband Donald; 4 daughters: Holly Gerner of Newburg, Carol (Dan) Mayer of Newburg, Chris (Bill) Schuldt of West Bend and Bonnie (Randy) Brace of West Bend; 8 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; 1 sister Carol (Paul) Frings; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to Willard and her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 son Terry Gerner.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg with burial in the parish cemetery.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. An on-line guestbook and condolences are available at

Bernie is pictured in the 4th edition of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Tree Book on page 246 with her first husband on their wedding day. She is listed on page 332 with her husband Willard and their children.