Memorial Services will be held Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Winnebago, with Rev. Durene Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation was from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to services at the church.
Berniece was born July 28, 1924, at Tracy, the daughter of John and Ethel (Jackson) Toft. She was raised and educated in Balaton where she was a 1942 graduate of Balaton High School. Following school she traveled to California where she was married to M. Neil Royer on Aug. 2, 1942, in Salome, Ariz. The couple lived in California and other areas during WW II before returning to Winnebago in 1947 where Berniece helped her father and husband run the grocery store for 10 years. She also began working for Stokely-Van Camps during that time and eventually worked with her husband at Royer Plumbing and Heating for many years, where she was a fixture at the reception and bookkeeping desk. Berniece was an active member of First United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in Winnebago where she was a past president. She was a very loving, caring and giving person who loved spending time with her family, friends and others.
Berniece is survived by her husband, M. Neil Royer, of Winnebago; son, Neil (Jackie) Royer, of Trimont, and their children, Justin (Amanda) Royer, and Kelly (Joel) Schrotberger; son, Bruce (Mary Beth) Royer, of North Mankato, and their children, Matt (Shannon) Royer, Phil (Vanessa) Royer, and Luke (Jenna) Stevens-Royer; son, Dick (Mavis) Royer, of Winnebago, and their children, April and Nick Royer; and son, Jeff Royer, of Winnebago; and great-grandchildren, Olivia, Elle and Juliana Royer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Roger Johnson and Orville Toft; and sisters, Viola Paschke, Ann Thompson and Jo Jones.
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Berniece Royer, 87