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Berniece Duello

February 22, 1918 December 9, 2013
Berniece Duello
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Obituary for Berniece Duello

Berniece Duello, 95, of Vinton, died Monday, December 9, 2013, at the Vinton Lutheran Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Visitation will be held at the church Wednesday, December 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a recitation of the Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scripture service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to Mass at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Vinton.
Berniece was born February 22, 1918, in Norway, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Anna Ockenfels Fritz. She graduated from Norway High School and taught country school southwest of Watkins.
On June 18, 1940, Berniece was united in marriage with Paul J. Duello at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Watkins. She stopped teaching full time to raise her family and farm with her husband. Paul preceded Berniece in death on April 15, 1967.
When Berniece was in her 50’s, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She taught sixth grade in Urbana and Vinton.
Berniece was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton and had a great devotion to God and Mary. She was one of the first Eucharistic ministers to take Communion to the sick in the Vinton area, and she was also one of the founders of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary’s. She handmade thousands of Rosaries that were sent to missions worldwide.
Berniece is survived by three sons: Robert (Leita) Duello of Brandon; Dennis Duello of Vinton; and Roger (Diana) Duello of Brandon; four daughters: Diane (Kurt) Buckingham of Vinton; LeAnn (Mark) Thieman of Fort Collins, CO; Mary (Ray) Panosh of Manchester; and Theresa Duello of Madison, WI; four sisters; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Keith Duello; and 3 brothers.
A memorial fund has been established for various charities.

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