FAIRFAX - Bernice "Bea" Schweiss, age 79, of Fairfax passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012, at her home with her family by her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, November 5, 2012, 10:30 A.M. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairfax, with Father Jeffrey Horejsi officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 4, 2012, 4:00-8:00 P.M. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairfax. There will be a Prayer Service Sunday at 4:00 P.M. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Bernice “Bea” Schweiss
Bernice "Bea" (Domeier) Schweiss was born on December 27, 1932, on the home farm in Wellington Township, Renville County, she was the daughter of George J. and Frances (Jandl). She was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairfax where she was a life-long member. Bea attended country school for two years, completed six years at St. Andrew's School and graduated from the Fairfax Public School in 1950. In 1951, she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in St Paul and then returned to Fairfax to work for Dr. Glenn Nelson at the clinic.
On May 24, 1952, she was united in marriage to Gilbert W. Schweiss. They farmed and raised their family of eight children on his home farm in Wellington Township until the time of his death on March 20, 1978. She farmed with sons Tom and Chuck until 1983. Moving to Fairfax, she continued her employment at the Fairfax Clinic which spanned the past 38 years.
Bea's gift of hospitality will be deeply missed by all those who knew her. Her generosity of sharing time, food and encouragement were some of her greatest gifts to others. She used her artistic abilities to decorate cakes, sew clothing of all sorts including the 128 purses that she sewed in the evenings when her home was quiet. Bea loved to flower garden, stamp cards, tie quilts, cook and bake as well as organize family gatherings such as the Sister's Day week-ends and the New Year's Day Domeier party that brought 100 plus family members together. She had strong beliefs in serving others which was evident by her involvement with the Renville County Hospice Volunteer program, her 15 years of service on the St. Andrew's Liturgy committee, the Renville County Porkettes and 4H youth program. She was keenly aware and tended to community member's needs especially in times of suffering. Her strong work ethic was a trait that she was proud of and gave her a deep sense of satisfaction. Bea dearly loved her family, siblings and neighborhood.
Bernice "Bea" Schweiss, age 79, of Fairfax, quietly left this world on November 1, 2012, while being cared for by her family in her home. She gracefully guided her family through her nine month battle with cancer. Blessed be her memory.
She is survived by her children, Louise (Blair) Anderson of rural Franklin, Dick (Becki) Schweiss of Hutchinson, Tom (Lynn) Schweiss of Welcome, Becky (Gary) Hess of Alexandria, Chuck (Barb) Schweiss of Delafield, WI, Ruth (Bruce) Swenson of Nicollet, Jody (Dave) Busch of Fairfax and Peggy (Tom) Baldy of Spring Grove, IL.; grandchildren, Justin Anderson, Marnie Kopischke, Jeremy and Sarah Schweiss, Kari Strausser, Larry Schweiss, Paul Hess, Emily Regnier, Matt and Myles Buss, Klarissa Mueller, Klea Rettmann, Kasslin Swenson, Andrea Leiser, Ashley Linsmeier, Alex and Abby Busch, McKenna and Jared Baldy; great-grandchildren, Sophie Schweiss, Carson and Brayden Strausser, Taylor, Joe and Andrew Hess, Mason and Kia Schweiss, Ella and Jack Regnier, and Hudson Leiser; siblings, Dorothy (Gene) Caven of Morton, Betty (Tom) Sadler of Mpls, Jeanne Brindley of Mpls, Ruth (Dick) Faunce of Maplegrove, Ted (Connie) Domeier of Fairfax, John (Pat) Domeier of Bird Island; and sisters-in-law Rita Domeier of Fairfax, Marlys Hopke of St. Cloud, and Helen Landkammer of Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Ryan Anderson, daughter-in-law Geri Schweiss, brothers David and Lester Domeier, sister Ann Hopke, brothers-in-law Bill Brindley and Clayton Hopke, and nephew Chris Domeier and great-nephew Riley Domeier.
Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com Please click on obituaries and guest book.