Berniece Johannsen

March 29, 2018

Jan. 31, 1924 – March 24, 2018

Funeral services for Berniece Johannsen, age 94 of Lake Benton, are Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton.
She died Saturday, March 24 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Berniece Marie Johannsen was born Jan. 31, 1924 to Knute and Carrie (Hansen) Petersen in Shaokatan Township near Lake Benton. She married Wilbur Venekamp in December 1943. In November 1965 she married Edward Johannsen.
Berniece is survived by her children—Douglas (Carolyn) Venekamp of Lake Benton, Michael (Cynthia) Venekamp of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Patricia (Joe) Harris of Silver City, New Mexico, and Karen Venekamp of Lake Benton; 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; sister MeraLuceil Johnson of Marshall and brother Arlyn (Garnet) Petersen of Lake Benton. She was preceded in death by her husbands Wilbur and Edward;, her parents Knute and Carrie; three children—infant Donna, Brian, and Kevin Venekamp; and sisters Irene Lahey and Rosie Rydell.