Bernice A. Wellen, 84, of Highland died on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.
A funeral Mass was held on Friday, Nov. 6 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Pat G. Jakel, pastor, officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland was in charge of arrangements.
She was born on Nov. 5, 1930 in St. Rose to Theodore and Gertrude (Kampwerth) Schrage. On Oct. 5, 1949, she married George H. Wellen. He passed away on March 30, 2010.
Mrs. Wellen grew in St. Rose. At the age of 15, she moved to Highland and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a few years. She later worked for Highland Supply.
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She then worked at Basler Electric from 1984 to 1994, until retiring. She was a member of the International Union of Electronic Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers Local 840 AFL/CIO in Highland.
She and her husband also operated a grain and livestock farm northeast of Highland in Saline Township.
She enjoyed playing cards with the ladies card club and spending time with her friends at several local restaurants.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she was a daily communicant. She was also a member the Highland chapter of the Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois, and she was a former member of Daughters of Isabella Sacred Heart Circle 237 in Highland.
Survivors include sons, Lowell G. (Denise) Wellen of Highland, Lee J. (Lucy) Wellen of Highland and Luke T. (Sue) Wellen of Highland; a daughter, Laurie A. (Gary) Todt of Highland; grandchildren, Travis L. (Stephanie) Wellen of Highland, Leah M. Wellen of Highland, Tara L. Wellen of Highland, Michelle Y. (Michael) Spillers of Maryville, Marshall A. (Candace) Todt of O’Fallon, Mo., and Sydney S. Wellen of Highland; great-grandchildren, Jaisen E. Wellen of Highland, Myles J. Spillers of Maryville, Mason G. Spillers of Maryville and Brody L. Davis of Maryville; brothers, Leander (Dolores) Schrage of Carlyle and Theodore (Marie) Schrage of Pocahontas; and a sister-in-law, Judy Schrage of St. Rose.
She was preceded in death by her father, who died in 1984; her mother, who died in 1948; a brother, Alexander Schrage; a sister, Leora H. Varel, who died on Oct. 30, 2003; and a brother-in-law, John Varel.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.