Bernice Bialas


Bernice E Bialas, age 86, of Parkston, SD died Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 8, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dimock, SD with burial at Immanuel Cemetery, Dimock, SD. Visitation will be from 5PM - 6PM Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with a prayer service beginning at 6 PM. Funeral arrangements by Will Funeral Chapel.

Bernice Bialas was born June 29, 1935 at St. Joseph Hospital in Mitchell, SD. Her parents are Oscar and Elizabeth (Zirpel) Gerlach She was baptized then confirmed April 10, 1949 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hillside, Rural Dimock, SD.

Bernice was united in marriage with Lawrence on October 21, 1954 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hillside. Together they farmed west of rural Dimock on the county line until 2010, then moved to Parkston, SD.

Bernice was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, active in LWML Ladies Aid, church choir, bible study, and serving her community with a heart for Jesus.

Bernice enjoyed entertaining with her many friends, shopping, decorating her home, cooking big meals, baking (especially cookies for her grandchildren). She loved looking for antiques and at recipe books discovering new creations. Bernice was always ready for coffee time which usually accompanied something sweet. She loved get-togethers playing cards, watched Twins baseball with Lawrence. She loved her soap operas, Hallmark Channel, and old TV shows. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with the love of her life, her companion Lawrence.

Those who remain to grieve her death and rejoice in her new life in Heaven are her husband Lawrence of 67 years, son, Michael Bialas, Sioux Falls, Daughters; Beth (Michael) Hranicky, El Lago TX., MayDene (Todd) Juhnke Lincoln, NE., Diane (Joel) Hebrink Omaha, NE., and son Tom (fiancé Sherry Hunhoff) Bialas, Dimock SD., 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Walter Gerlach and two infant grandsons.