Frederick W. Berning

    Frederick W. "Fritz" Berning, 90, of Hoagland, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012, at New Haven Care & Rehabilitation.
    He was born in Allen County on Tuesday, February 21, 1922, to the late Fred C. and Marie M. (Grote) Berning.
    He married Florence M. Siebert on September 16, 1951.
    Fritz served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, the Men's Club of the church, and the Allen County Farm Bureau. He was a lifelong dairy and grain farmer in southern Allen County.
    Among survivors are his wife of 61 years, Florence M. Berning of Hoagland; daughter, Elaine (Jim) McDonald of Tempe, Ariz.; son, Norman (Cynthia) Berning of Hoagland; son, Dean Berning of Decatur; son, Roger Berning of Hoagland; sister, Leila Judt of Fort Wayne;15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild.
    He was preceded in death by a sister, Ottilia Kiefer and a brother, Arthur Berning.
    Friends will be received from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the church on Sunday.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, with Pastor Peter Brock officiating.
    Burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Bingen.
    Preferred memorials are to St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen; Worship for Shut-Ins; or the donor's choice.
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