Carolyn Berns

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Carolyn (Klinkenberg) Berns, 76, of Saint Olaf, IA, died Monday, November 2, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, IA.  She was born on October 2, 1939, on the home farm in rural Saint Olaf, Iowa, the daughter of Alvin and Mabel (Hakert) Klinkenberg.

Carolyn was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Elkader and graduated from the Elkader High School.  Carolyn furthered her education after high school and became a Registered Nurse and worked for various organizations in this area.  On October 24, 1961, Carolyn was united in marriage with Donald Berns at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo and was later blessed with two children. 

Carolyn was as avid baker and was known to generously give homemade cakes to her neighbors and friends.  She truly enjoyed quilting and working with crafts and even managed to get in a little woodworking as well. 

Carolyn is survived by her husband Donald; two children, Lee Berns of Garnavillo and Dee (John) Hense of Strawberry Point; four grandchildren, Matthew Hense, NaTasha, Dustin and Dalton Berns; one sister Mildred Kelly and many other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Henry Klinkenberg. 

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, , Garnavillo, IA, where the family received friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Monday, November 9, 2015.  Funeral services were at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home at 11 a.m., Monday, November 9, 2015, Rev. Gary Hatcher officiating. Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery, Garnavillo, IA.

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