L. Brunell Dietz Haley
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LINCOLN -- L. Brunell Haley was called
to her heavenly home on Monday, March 15, 2010, at Christian Village
Nursing Home at the age of 96.Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter
Lutheran Church in Emden. Visitation will be 10-11
a.m. at the church.
Burial will be in Mason City
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln
is handling arrangements.
Bernie and her first husband owned and operated a
dry cleaning and tailoring business before moving to
Mason City, where they owned and operated Dietz
Florist and Greenhouse for more than 25 years. After
his death and her retirement, she met her second
husband in Arkansas.
She was born Sept. 23, 1913, in Maynard, Minn.,
the third of 10 children of Bernt and Melvina Gjerde
Docken. Lyla Brunell Docken was welcomed into the
Lord's family through the sacrament of baptism at
Maynard Lutheran Church on Nov. 23, 1913. She
married Walter H. Dietz in Rapid City, S.D., and he
preceded her in death in 1980. She married Robert O.
Haley on Feb. 27, 1984, in Arkansas, and he also
preceded her in death.
She is survived by her son-in-law, Paul Aper of
Lincoln; two granddaughters, Kalee (and Lynn) Cross
of Atlanta and Kris (and Tom) Lockenour of Lincoln;
five great-granddaughters; one sister; two brothers;
and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter,
Jacquiline "Jackie" Aper, and one granddaughter,
Bernie and her first husband, Walt, loved to camp
and fish and took many trips to Minnesota and
Canada. After his death in 1980, she sold their
business in Mason City and moved to Emden.
She then retired to Hot Springs, Ark., where she met
her second husband. They spent almost 18 years
together, often visiting family in Illinois and
Ohio, vacationing in South Dakota and Wyoming, and
entertaining family and friends in Arkansas. She
moved back to Atlanta in 2002 following Bob's death.
She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in
Along with her talent for flowers and gardening,
Bernie was a wonderful seamstress. She continued
this passion well into her 90s, embroidering dish
towels for family and friends while at The Christian
Village Nursing Home.
She graduated from Maynard High School in
Minnesota in 1931.
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