Berniece Spinelli

Berniece Spinelli, 86, of Aurelia went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Mercy One in Sioux City.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at Aurelia Community Center, with Pastor Adam Costilla officiating. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery, rural Cherokee. Visitation will be Sunday, from 3-5 p.m. with the family present at Aurelia Community Center. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Berniece Johnson was born on March 14, 1933 the daughter of Olaf and Flossie (Smith) Johnson in Cherokee. She was one of nine children. Berniece graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee. On May 1, 1986, Berniece married David Spinelli in Elk Point, S.D. She and David lived most of her life in Cherokee and Aurelia.

Later in life Berniece pursued a degree in nursing, graduating from Western Iowa Tech in 1975 as an LPN and began her career at area nursing homes and then at MHI in Cherokee. She also authored a book published in 2013 titled “The Hills Were His Home,” her personal and historical account of the life of her grandfather, Thomas “Barney” Smith. She loved gardening and caring for her many flowers over the years. She loved playing cards with her family and belonged to several Bridge groups in the area, which she especially enjoyed.

Berniece very much enjoyed visits with family and friends which also reflected he love for life, and her Christ-like love for family and others. She had been a member of the Grace Independent Baptist Church in Cherokee for much of her adult life and was now a member of the Independent Baptist Church in Storm Lake. She shared the gospel whenever she had an opportunity and many accepted the Lord through her witness and testimony. It was most important to Berniece that the Lord be glorified in her life, as well as in her death.

Preceding Berniece in death were her parents; two brothers: Russell Johnson and Mitchell Johnson; two sisters: Hazel Anfinson and Marthena Scott; and her beloved son, Donald Allen.

Survivors include her endearing and loving husband of 33 years, David Spinelli of Aurelia; five children: Kathy and her husband Howard Schultze of Cherokee; Terrie Sherman of Paullina; Ron and his wife Connie Allen of Sioux City; Harvey and his wife Kim Allen of Dakota City, Neb.; and Kevin Greene of Galva; one daughter-in-law, Paula Allen of Plano, Texas; three step-children: Debra and her husband Tim Jones of Hensley, Ark.; Donna Lee Rothlisberger of Ft. Calhoun, Neb.; and Dean Spinelli of Las Vegas, Nev. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ivan and wife Cathy Johnson and Jerry and wife Valentyna Johnson; two sisters: Viona Henderson and Marcella and husband Dan Moos; one sister-in-law, Joan Johnson; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

We all love her and miss her, yet have much comfort in knowing we will be with her again in our eternal home with Jesus Christ.

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