Bernice Francis Mueller, 90, passed away on May 9, 2022, at the Monument Hospice House in Rapid City, S.D.
Bernice was born in Overton, Neb., to Frank and Anna Slattery on March 6, 1932. She graduated from Bennett County High School in 1950, and completed her nursing school in Rapid City, at St. John’s Hospital in 1954. Bernice married Fred Mueller on August 7, 1954, in Martin. To this union three children were born.
Bernice worked as a nurse in Rapid City, where she met her husband and then continued nursing when they moved to La Porte, Ind. Bernice, Fred, and family moved back to South Dakota in 1960, and they started building Mueller’s Feed in 1961. She retired after running the family business for 46 years. Bernice enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, playing BINGO, gambling, watching the Minnesota Twins and spending as much time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as possible and attending all their extra-curricular activities.
Bernice is survived by her children, Michael Mueller, Clark’s Summit, Pa, Frank Mueller, Whitewood, Barbara (Stewart) Hagman, Piedmont, grandchildren Ryan Mueller, Billings, Mont., Ramy Boomer, Sturgis, Andi (Greg) Litton, Rapid City, Leslie (Jason) Harlan, Wheatland, Wyo., Michael Hagman, Ft. Pierre, and Steven (Katy) Hagman, Clarksville, Tenn., great-grandchildren Brayden Mueller, Kyler Mueller, Kendyn Boomer, Kynlea Boomer, Avery Harlan, and Lane Harlan. Bernice is also survived by her siblings Mary Ann Sieh, Brown City, Mich., and John (Connie) Slattery, Martin, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Anna Slattery, husband Fred Mueller, sister Marcella Byrnes, brother Jim (Alice) Slattery, and brother-in-law Merrill Sieh.
Vigil service will be held May 26, 2022, 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin. Memorial services will be held Friday May 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Tyler Dennis and Deacon Cal Clifford. Inurnment will follow at the Martin Community Cemetery and a luncheon back at the church.
The family of Bernice wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Arrowhead Lodge Senior Living in Rapid City, and the Monument Hospice House of the Black Hills.