Berniece Johnston, Formerly of Milton, WI

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

October 21, 1932 - September 10, 2017

Berniece Johnston, Age 84, formerly of Milton passed away peacefully, Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the home of her daughter, Sally Mertz, in Watertown, WI. Berniece was born October 21, 1932 in Woodstock, IL, the daughter of Reinhold and Anna (Rutz) Wille. She was married to Lynn Topel Sr., on December 9, 1952. Lynn died September 13, 1976. She later married George Johnston on March 31, 1979. He died June 27, 2016. She worked at Schweiger Industries, Jefferson. She later went to work at Crystal Etch in Janesville, WI. She moved to Milton 37 years ago, coming from Lake Mills. She was a member of the Moose Club in Mt. Morris, IL. She enjoyed car racing, especially the Indianapolis 500, Nascar and Sprint Cars. She enjoyed traveling the country. She loved playing the slot machines, watching birds, and was an avid Chicago Bear Fan.

She is survived by five children: Jerry (Debby) Topel of Milford, WI, Lynn (Sue) Topel of Jefferson WI, Cindy (Richard) Heiden of Watertown, WI, Sally (Darrell) Mertz of Watertown, WI and Dan (Mary) Topel of Mt. Morris, IL; a step-daughter, Wendy (Gordon) Swiggum of Janesville; sixteen grandchildren: James Topel, Joe Topel, Rebecca Koning, Tamara Orzech, Jennifer Uhlman, Christopher Topel, David Mertz, Brian Mertz, Kendra Hoffman, Cody Heiden, Kayla Topel, Taylor Topel, Tucker Topel, Dylan Green, Morgan Green and Joe Johnston; and thirty-one great-grandchildren; a brother, Alwin (Agnes) Wille of Poplar Grove, IL; and sister, Ruth Hoel of Pasco, WA; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; four children in infancy: James, Judy, Dale and Cynthia; six brothers: August, Edward, Otto, Arnold, Eric, and Walter; and three sisters: Anna, Irmgard, and Olga.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday September 14, at 11 a.m. at the Albrecht Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Milton with Pastor Kurt Liebenow officiating. Burial will be at Aztalan, Milford Cemetery in Lake Mills. Visitation time will be Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Rainbow Hospice.

Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services

828 S. Janesville St., Milton 608-868-2542


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