COLUMBUS — Della E. Bernecki, 94, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Columbus Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church.

Della was born in Boone County to Leo and May (Bader) Kinzer on July 8, 1923. She spent her childhood living in the Albion area. She was the oldest daughter of 15 siblings and enjoyed helping her parents care for her younger siblings. Della graduated from Albion High School and moved to Columbus after her first marriage. She enjoyed living in the same house for 70 years. Della spent many years working in Columbus at Behlen Manufacturing and Dale Electronics. She was also a security guard for Pinkerton and S.I.S for many manufacturing plants in Columbus. Della met Tony Bernecki while working at Behlen Manufacturing. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Little White Chapel on May 8, 1961. The couple enjoyed traveling for Tony’s job to several places around the country and Mexico. Several trips included creating memories with grandsons Mike and Matt and granddaughter Denise. After retirement Della continued to do security work into her late 70s. Della enjoyed many hobbies over the years including ceramics, crafts and gardening/lawn decorations. She was a collector of many things throughout the years. Della was a member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus.

She is survived by her grandson Mike Harouff of Columbus; grandson Matt (Carol) Harouff of Columbus; granddaughter Denise Mills of Lincoln; great-grandchildren Heidi (Dave) Erwin, Brittany (Bryson Thurman) White, Kayla (Ian) Tuttle, Lynzee Harouff, Ashley Harouff, Jessica Tschantre, Manny Izguirre and Elek Izguirre; great-great-grandchildren Ty White, Keira White, Evie Thurman and Alexa Erwin; siblings Judy Kinzer Harouff, Virgina Kinzer Micek, Lou Kinzer Hopkins, Don Kinzer, Sharon Kinzer Heller, Ardith Kinzer Redler, Beverly Kinzer Dischner and Beloit “Bunk” Kinzer; and other close friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Leo and May Kinzer; siblings Ralph Kinzer, Barbara Kinzer Schroeder, Geneva Kinzer Johnson, Hart Kinzer, Chuck Kinzer, Myrna Kinzer Kissell and Mary Ellen Kinzer Johnson; daughter Twila Mills; husbands Harold Thoms and Tony Bernecki; and special friend Elmer Robak.

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