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Obituary: Bernice L. Wehmeier Krieg, Columbus

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Bernice L. (Wehmeier) Krieg, 88, of Columbus, IN, entered eternal life Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus, IN.

Mrs. Krieg was born in Columbus, IN, on February 15, 1925, the daughter of the late Ben and Emma Schulz Wehmeier. She married George Glenn Krieg at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clifty on April 27, 1947, and he preceded her in death on October 15, 1957.

Mrs. Krieg was a 1943 graduate of Columbus High School.

She was Bartholomew County Recorder from 1975 to 1982 and Bartholomew County Assessor from 1983 to 1994. She was also Deputy Clerk in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office for 2½ years. Mrs. Krieg was a secretary at Farmers Production Credit Association for 4 years, in the Bartholomew County Highway office for 4 years and had worked part time in other local offices.

A lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, she was a former vice chairperson of the Democratic Central Committee and was the first president and a lifetime member of the Democratic Ladies League. She was a former Democratic Precinct Committee Person and in 1989 she received the Jefferson Jackson Democrat of the Year Award.

She was the Indiana Recorder’s Association Vice President in 1981-1982 and was the Association of Indiana Assessors 2nd Vice President in 1992 and 1st Vice President in 1993. She was appointed as the Senior Advisory Chairperson for Mayor Fred Armstrong.

Mrs. Krieg was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and received the Woman of the Year award in 1980 and 1996 from the Tipton Knoll Chapter. She was also a member of Farmer’s Union, Peace Fellowship and Country Club.

Mrs. Krieg was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clifty where she held several church offices and was active in Tri-W.

A funeral service celebrating Mrs. Krieg's life will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Chapel at Clifty with Pastor Doug Bauman officiating. Calling hours will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the chapel.

Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery at Clifty.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to St. Paul Lutheran Church at Clifty, Mill Race Center or Love Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to Mrs. Krieg's family at

Mrs. Krieg is survived by two sons, George (Debra) Krieg of Marshfield, WI, and Bill (Sharon) Krieg of Columbus, IN; two daughters, Judy (Bob) Pitman of Columbus, IN, and Susan Krieg (Walt Wood) of Bloomington, IN.; ten grandchildren, Annah (Max) Kellogg-Krieg of Madison, WI, Alison Krieg of Rochester, MN, Elizabeth Krieg of Eau Claire, WI, Loren, Tim and Paul (Rebecca Beach) Krieg, all of Columbus, IN, Emma (Andy) Harmon of Davenport, IA, Cassie (fiancé, Josh Gonsior) Pitman of Columbus, IN, and Ben and Hannah Wood, both of Bloomington, IN; and a great-grandson, Kayden Rex Krieg of Columbus, IN.

Along with her parents and husband, Mrs. Krieg was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Arnholt, and a granddaughter, Sara Krieg.

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