Beatrice Henke, 85, passed away January 15, 2012, at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hannover, the same church where she was baptized and confirmed. The Reverend Russell Fitch will be officiating with burial at the Hannover Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, in the chapel at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem and will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Beatrice was born May 30, 1926, in New Salem at the home of her maternal grandparents. She attended Lutheran Parochial school in Hannover and sang in
the choir and participated in Bible studies at St. Peter’s most of her adult life. She worked at the Oliver County Court House in Center as well as at the grocery store and post office for William Borneman and for Art Albers in Hannover. After moving to New Salem, she worked at Thieles grocery store and at the Sunset Inn. She lived with her parents in New Salem and took care of them until they passed away. Beatrice was a volunteer at Elm Crest Manor
and at the New Salem Senior Citizen Center. In October 2000 she received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Volunteer from Elm Crest Manor.
She later entered that facility and resided there until her passing.
Survivors include her sister Viola Weist, Jamestown; a niece Marilyn (Derwin) Kunkel, Watertown SD; a nephew Jerry (Phyllis) Weist, Bismarck; great nephews, Curt (Deanna) Kunkel, Watertown SD; First Lieutenant Ryan (Errin) Kunkel, US Army, Anchorage, AK; Brandon Weist, Denton, TX; great nieces, Laura (Scott) Gauerke, Castle Rock, CO; Melisse (Missy) Kunkel, Watertown, SD; Kristen (Robbie) Mees, Watertown, SD; and thirteen great great nieces and nephews. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents William "Slim Bill" and Martha Henke and her brother-in-law Lyle Weist.