Bernice Heiden Obituary

Bernice M. Heiden
Bernice Heiden
Bernice M. Heiden

May 27, 1922 - October 24, 2014
Born in Clairmont, MN
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Bernice Marie Bertha (Haas) Heiden, 92, went to her eternal Home surrounded by her family on Friday, October 24, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, located 3223 University Avenue, in Des Moines. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery.

Bernice was born May 27, 1922 in Clairmont, MN, the daughter of Walter and Elsbeth Haas. She grew up in Hamburg, MN where she graduated high school and furthered her education at business school in Minneapolis. She met Willis "Bill" Heiden in Norfolk, VA during WWII. They were united in marriage on April 21, 1946 in Hamburg and moved to Des Moines where they raised their four children. Bernice was employed outside the home at Forkers Pharmacy and retired from the Des Moines Public Schools District Office as payroll supervisor.

Having been baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, Bernice lived her faith in Jesus in her loving care for her family and all who knew her. She was known for the way she loved others, especially her big heart of compassion for anyone who was hurting. Her family, faith and friends were the core of her life. As her health failed her in recent years, she drew her strength from a deep faith in God and the love of her family. Bernice was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Moines for 68 years, where she served in leadership with the Altar Guild, LWML and Fellowship Society, and she loved singing in the choir.

She is survived by her four children: Cheri (Stuart) Tietz of Lincoln, NE, Marc (Denise) Heiden of Urbandale, Robin (Bob) Fossum of Aloha, OR and Kurt (Cara) Heiden of Urbandale; 12 grandchildren: Erin (Jake) Dahlke, Kori (Chad) Belton, Adam Tietz and Nathan (Samantha) Tietz, Justin (Christina) Heiden, Brian (Kristin) Heiden, Jackson Heiden, Baylee Heiden and Katie Weigel, and Erica (Brandon) Froelich, Emily Heiden and Ellen Heiden; nine great-grandchildren: Lydia and Phalen Dahlke, Lyla, Layton and Landry Heiden, Benjamin and Brynn Heiden, and Lucy Belton and her baby brother on the way; brother, Wally (Linda) Haas of Milwaukee, WI and many nieces and nephews. Bernice was preceded in death by her dear husband of 63 years, Bill; parents; sister, Eloise; and two infant brothers.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, October 29, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines.

The family would especially like to thank Mom's loving care providers with Care By April who made it possible for her to remain in her home. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa.






Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
3223 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, October 30, 2014
11:00 AM
Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery
4400 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Thursday, October 30, 2014


Trinity Lutheran Church
3223 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311