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Berdine Esther Kaeberle

June 19, 1933 June 22, 2019
Berdine Esther Kaeberle
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Berdine Esther Kaeberle, age 86, passed away on June 22, 2019 at Northridge Village in Ames, Iowa.
Berdine was born on June 19, 1933 in Greeley County, Kansas to Henry and Bertha Brunswig. She graduated from Greeley County Community High School, Tribune, Kansas in 1951 as salutatorian of her class. Following high school, Berdine graduated from Kansas State University in 1955 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Sociology and later graduated from Iowa State University in 1970 with a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling. While working professionally from 1970 through 1976, she continued her education by taking advanced courses.
Berdine began her professional teaching career in Champaign, Illinois, where she taught Adult Education business courses from 1957 to 1959. After moving to Ames, Iowa in 1961, she worked at various part-time jobs while raising three children. From 1970 to 1973 she worked for the Hubbard and Radcliffe Junior and Senior High Schools as a Guidance Counselor. From 1973 to 1976, she worked as a Guidance Counselor and Adult Education Director for West Marshall High School. While at West Marshall, she was awarded citations from the Iowa Valley Community College for her outstanding work in adult education and was also granted a lifetime Professional Certificate from the State of Iowa Board of Education recognizing her professional competency and achievement. Berdine left teaching in 1976 but continued working part-time over the next 30 years for the Registrar and Treasurers Offices at Iowa State University, retiring at the age of 72. She enjoyed working with the many students throughout her life, no matter their ages, as education was always important to her.
Berdine was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church for over 50 years and was active in the ISU Faculty Wives Veterinary Circle for many years. Growing up in western Kansas, she continued to be an active participant in farming and gas/oil activities. Driven by her strong focus on education, Berdine also established a scholarship fund for high school graduates in the Greeley County school system located in Tribune, Kansas.
Berdine is survived by her husband Merlin; three children, Geoffrey of Roseburg, Oregon, Lance and wife Lori of Richmond, Virginia, and Carla DeWalt and husband Lyle of Andover, Kansas; four grandchildren, Amy Kaeberle of Winter Haven, Florida, Betsy Kaeberle of Washington DC, Henry DeWalt and Liesel DeWalt of Andover, Kansas; and her sisters, Helen Green of Costa Mesa, California, and Ruth Goodrum of Tribune, Kansas; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Bertha Brunswig and brothers, Bart and Robert Brunswig, all of Tribune, Kansas.
As Berdine requested, a private family graveside service will be held at the Iowa State University cemetery. Funeral arrangement are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for the family at www.adamssoderstrum.com.
Sustained by her western Kansas upbringing, determination, and faith, Berdine was also a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Mayo Clinic Health System. Mayo Clinic donations can be made through the Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.


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