In Memoriam...

Dr. Frederick (Fred) Alan Trest, M.D.

27 October 1941 – 25 April 2023

Memorial service was held Saturday, May 6, 2023

at 2pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 

Obituary for Dr. Frederick (Fred) Alan Trest, MD


Fred Alan Trest, M.D, age 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April

25, 2023. He was the eldest of three children born to Fred Irving Trest and Jeanne

Valene Newton Trest on October 27, 1941, in Dothan, AL. He learned the value of hard

work and determination from a young age.

Dr. Trest graduated as Valedictorian in 1963 with a B.S. in Pharmacy from Auburn

University. He then fulfilled the required internship in Pharmacy in Americus, GA, before

starting to work as a pharmacist.

During this time, Dr. Trest began to desire a closer relationship with patients and

pursued his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, graduating in

June 1968. Following this, he completed his internship at University Hospital in 1969. In

December 1969, he married Yvonne Dorothy Tank in Augusta, GA.

Dr. Trest served as a Captain in the U.S. Army as a staff physician for the United States

Army Hospital in Fort Gordon, GA, after being in the Army Reserves since 1960 and

Active Duty through August 1971. He was chief physician for the military police unit at

Brim’s Barracks.

After his discharge from the military, Dr. Trest completed his residency in Psychiatry in

the Medical College of Georgia in 1974. He joined the Faculty of School of Medicine,

Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Georgia, as Assistant Professor and Chief

of Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Service until September

1979. When he opened his own private practice in psychiatry, where he touched

innumerous lives with his empathy and compassionate care, always putting their needs


While Dr. Trest was a dedicated physician, he also cherished his role as a beloved

husband, father, and grandfather. He was the proud father of two daughters and a

loving grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family, offering guidance and

support whenever needed.

Dr. Trest is survived by his beloved wife, Yvonne Trest; their two daughters, Melanie

Marie Trest Pena (Ron) and Melissa Michele Trest Soares (Andre); four grandchildren,

Charles, Katherine, Madeline, and Amanda; and one sibling, Miriam Trest Putnam (Dr.

Wayne). He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Jeanne Trest and his

brother, Gary Trest.

Dr. Trest will be remembered by his family for his love of life, kindness, wisdom, and

humor. He enjoyed classical music, swimming, sailing, horseback riding, bowling, golf,

and tennis. He was a proud member of the Augusta West Rotary Club for 41 years and

a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 2:00PM at

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 402 Aumond Road, Augusta, GA 30909. The family

will receive friends at 1:00PM, one hour prior to the service, at the church. Following the

service, the burial will be at Westover Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Parkinson’s

Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

Pallbearers are Gary Alexander, Joe Ammon, Curtis Johnson, Ron Peña, Dr. Wayne

Putnam, André Soares.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, Augusta, GA 30907, (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at

Karen Durrell

12 April 1945 - 20 April 2023

Memorial service was held Saturday, April 29, 2023

at 11am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 

Obituary for Karen Durrell

Christian Obituary

Karen Ann Durrell (Dodge), 78, of Calais, ME stopped talking about Jesus and went to

be with Jesus in person, Thursday April 20th at 7:30am peacefully in her sleep in

Augusta, Georgia. Karen was born in Portland, ME, the 4th child of Forest and Mabel

Dodge (Allen) on April 12, 1945, the same day FDR died.  Her father always joked that

FDR took one look at her and kicked the bucket.  Forest would laugh and laugh….go


Karen grew up in Freeport, ME, graduating in 1963 from Freeport High School.  She

worked for the Pentagon and married her husband Phillip Reed Durrell in 1965.  Her first

son, Phillip Reed Durrell II, was born in 1966 while she lived in Germany, a wife of a

Soldier.   Her second son, Howard Arthur Durrell, was born in 1970 while she was

working at the University of ME in Orono.  She had her third and final son, Raymond

Allen Durrell, in 1979 while working for J.D. Thomas in Calais, ME. Through the years

she worked as a waitress, bank teller, substitute teacher for Maine schools and sold

AVON until 2017 when she retired for good.

Karen loved all things musical.  She learned to play the piano at a young age, playing for

churches throughout her life, culminating in 22 straight years playing for the Church of

the Open Bible in Alexander, ME.  She loved harmony, leading many choirs and for the

aforementioned church led the choir for 21 years.  She loved the Statler Brothers, and

thought they were the cat’s whiskers until she discovered the Cathedral Quartet, which

blew her away.  Southern Gospel, yeah!

Karen had recently moved to Augusta GA attending Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

making lots of friends at the weekly Quilters group, lending her sewing skills, northern

humor and joy to all that knew her.

Karen is predeceased by her parents, Forest and Mabel, one brother Forest Raymond

Jr, her first son Phillip Reed Durrell II and her third son Raymond Allen Durrell.  Karen is

survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Phillip Reed Durrell, her second son and his

wife, Howard Arthur Durrell and Danielle of Martinez, GA, one sister, Laura Merrill and

her husband Kenny of Durham, ME, two brothers and their wives of Freeport ME, Alan

Dodge and Donna, Carl Dodge and Marilyn, one sister-in-law and her husband, Deborah

Rideout and James of Scarborough, ME.  She is also survived by six grandchildren -all

boys- therefore all Durrells. Steven Phillip of Germany, Phillip David of Calais, Jack

Darius of Martinez, Gabriel Hunter of Calais, Logan Marius of Martinez, and Samuel

James of Calais.  She has many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and

many many more.

A memorial service will be held in honor of Karen and her life on Saturday the 29th of

April at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 402 Aumond Rd in Augusta GA at 1100 am. 

The service will be webcast and can be watched on Facebook or found at Our

Redeemer Lutheran Church ( In lieu of flowers donations may be

sent to the Church of the Open Bible in Alexander, ME.

Pearl H. Mengel

2 December 1935 – 1 April 2023

Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, April 22, 2023

at 11am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Pearl H. Mengel

Christian Obituary


Pearl Helen Thieme Mengel, age 87, died on Saturday, April 1, 2023 in Wisconsin.  She

was born on December 2, 1935 in Curtiss, the daughter of Arthur E. and Alvina (Theilig)

Thieme.  She attended school for the deaf in Delavan, Wisconsin.  Pearl was united

in marriage to the love of her life, Richard Lee Mengel on January 7, 1956 in Owen. 


She worked at Master Package in Owen as a machine operator.  Pearl moved to Evans,

Georgia in 1994 to live with her daughter.  Despite being deaf, she was a great mother.

Pearl enjoyed sewing, reading, putting together puzzles and card games.  Most

importantly, she loved and cherished her family.


Pearl is survived by her four children:  Catherina (Theodore) Brand of Evans, GA, Patrick

Mengel of Colby, WI, Charles Mengel of Dorchester and Jeffrey (Joyce) Mengel of

Withee, WI; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; two sisters; Laverna Marcott of

Curtiss, WI and Annette Frahmann of Shelton, WA and a lot of other relatives and



She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard on December 2, 1994; her

son, Rex Mengel, and 3 brothers.  Pearl was buried at Riverside Cemetery in Withee,


Alice Louise Lynn Timm

28 March 1938 – 2 November 2022 

Funeral was held on Tuesday, November 15 at 1PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Alice Louise Lynn Timm

The Christian Obituary of Alice L. Timm

      Alice was born Alice Louise Lynn on March 28, 1931, in Atlanta, GA at Grady Hospital to Aaron and Sarah Lynn. On May 13, 1938, her brother, Robert A. Lynn joined the family. On December 1, 1941 Alice was baptized into the Lord’s family. 

      On July 28, 1951, she was introduced to Pvt. Marvin Timm on a blind date. They were married on September 22, 1951, in Grace Lutheran Church in Atlanta. In November of 1951, after completing the course of study, Alice was confirmed and joined the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In February 1952 she went to live with Marvin’s parents in Nebraska while Marvin was sent to Korea. This was quite a change in culture and many new customs had to be learned.

This Marriage union was blessed with five children and two grandchildren. Marvin, Jr. was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on September 20, 1952, Brenda Timm Dornseif (husband Bruce) was born at Camp Irwin, California on June 19, 1954, Gail Timm Burkhalter (husband Gregg) was born at Fort Richardson, Alaska on September 2, 1958, Cheryl Timm was born on August 27, 1959, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Donna Timm Carpenter (husband Phil) was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on October 25, 1961. Grandson Bryan Dornseif was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 29, 1989. Granddaughter Hannah Carpenter was born in Lexington, Kentucky on December 19, 1992.

Following Marvin’s tour in Korea, in early 1953 the family moved to Camp Irwin, California, then to various stations around the country. In July 1962 Alice drove with the five children from Nebraska to New Jersey (a short time after receiving her first driver’s license) to begin their trip to join Marvin in Germany where his unit was sent. Following this tour of duty the family moved to the Fort Lewis, Washington area. They remained in this area while Marvin spent a year of duty in Vietnam from June 1966 to June 1967. Through the years the family moved to various duty stations across the country. On Marvin’s second trip to Vietnam the family stayed in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area. Upon his return the family moved to Fort Riley, Kansas. From there it was the second tour in Alaska followed by a six-month school in Fort Rucker, Alabama. The final Military moved was to the Fort Stewart, Savannah, Georgia area where Marvin retired from Military Service. Alice exceled in her calling as a Military Wife, holding the family together, packing and unpacking during their many moves. During the years of travel both military and personal, she had visited 49 of the 50 states.

Through the years and at several different military posts, she was actively employed in the Post Exchange jewelry area. While at Fort Stewart she was sent to several schools and held the position of Senior Diamond Sales Officer. She received several certificates of Achievement. The family moved to the Augusta area in July 1981 when Marvin’s work requirements with Aid Association for Lutherans called for a change. At this time the local family unit was smaller as all except Donna had left with employment in other areas. They joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where she has been active in the Quilters Group until Covid hit. During these many varied areas, she was active in the churches wherever she was.

      Alice L. Timm entered into eternal life with Jesus on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.   She was 91 years of age.

Alice’s favorite Bible verses were Psalm 27 and John 14. Her favorite hymns were; Heaven is My Home and I Know That My Redeemer Lives. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Roger Schwartz officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 402 Aumond Road, Augusta, GA 30909.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at

Lois Ruth Sprehe Axson

26 March 1931 – 29 July 2022

 Funeral was held on Saturday, August 6 at 1 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Obituary for Lois Ruth Sprehe Axson


Lois Ruth Sprehe Axson was born on March 26, 1931, in Buckley, Illinois, the ninth of eleven children, to Theadora Dorathea Ida Knueppel and Herman Heinrich Sprehe. She was received into God’s Covenant of Grace through Holy Baptism on April 12, 1931, was confirmed in her faith on March 25, 1945, and married the love of her life, Thomas Axson on July 8, 1950, all at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buckley, Illinois.

Their marriage was blessed with five daughters, Bonnie, Florence, Carolyn, Diana, and Laura. Lois worked from the time she was a teenager serving in a deli at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, until she retired from Kentucky Fried Chicken after serving 25 years as “white glove” manager for the company at various locations. Throughout her working career, she shared her faith with everyone she met and continued to ensure that her family was raised in the Christian faith, attended church regularly, and that they were baptized and confirmed in the faith.


Lois was a woman of strong faith in Jesus Christ and strived to put Him first in all that she did. She was caregiver for her mother until her death and became caregiver for her husband until his passing in 1995. She was active in her church at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where she was a member for more than 50 years. During that time Lois served as Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) president, as chair of the Fellowship Committee, and happily led Bible study for the Ladies A.M. Bible Study (LAMBS) for many years. The members of Our Redeemer were her second family and she loved serving and fellowshipping with them all. But her greatest love was serving and worshipping the Lord and being in His Word.


In His mercy and grace, our Lord called Lois home on Friday, July 29, 2022, at her home in Evans, Georgia, surrounded by her children.


Lois is survived by her sister Ruth Reynolds, brother Robert Sprehe, four daughters, Bonnie (David) Annis, Carolyn (Ricky) Wheatley, Diana (Blair) Porter, Laura Axson; her grandchildren, Melissa (Phillip) Britt, Allen (Ashley) Annis, Jason Matthew Annis, Corinne Wheatley, Jessica (Mandy) Wheatley, Erin (Robert) Plyler, Jimmy Ray (Tara) Jones, Jason (Allison) Jones, Laura (Mike) Sigwald, Sarah (Sent) Xayaveth, Jacob (Ann) Jones, and Brandon (Connie) Williams; great-grandchildren, Cody, Rebecca (Evan), Samantha, Caitlin, Bethenie, Damon, Michael, Will, Adam, Jordan, Lukas, Justin, Anna, Lilly, Alexandria, Kate, Asher, Conner, Cooper, Parker, Kayla (Duncan), Olivia, Ethan, Ava, Jackson, Mary May, Sarah Katherine, Melissa Ann, Hayden, Everett, Lane, Allie Jean, and Mackenzie, and great-great-grandchildren, Otey, Wiley, Shepherd, Adalynn, Gabriel, Russell, and Natalie, along with numerous nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her husband Tom, daughter Florence, grandchildren Lois Michelle, and Jason Ashley, great-great grandchild, Christian, brothers Al, Vic, Del, Ray, Elmer, and Harold, and sisters Edna, and Esther.


The family wishes to extend great appreciation and thanks to Lois’ caregivers including her neighbor, Sara Harris, as well as Christel, Sandy, Sok Hwee, and Dr. Schmidt of Southeast Hospice, who all became a part of the family over the course of these past six months. Lois (Maw Maw) dearly loved each of them.


Lois’ Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger Schwartz officiating. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church. Interment of ashes will follow at Pineview Memorial Gardens in North Augusta, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church LWML or Elder’s Aid Fund. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.

Wilford "Buzz"

Nelson Verneau, Jr.:

10 October 1935 – 8 May 2022

Funeral was held on Thursday, May 12 at 11 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Obituary for Wilford "Buzz" Verneau, Jr.

Christian Obituary:

CW3 Wilford "Buzz" Nelson Verneau Jr. (ret. U.S. Army)

Buzz was born in Latrobe, PA on October 10, 1935 to Wilford Nelson Verneau, Sr. and

Freda K. Jones. He was baptized on December 15, 1935 at Trinity Lutheran Church in

Latrobe, PA. He was later Confirmed in his faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Trauger,

PA. He married his wife, Nancy (Nan) Jean Forsha on October 16, 1954 at St. James

Lutheran Church in Youngstown, PA. Together they were blessed with 5 children.

Buzz served his nation in the U.S. Army for 25 years before retiring as a Chief Warrant

Officer. After his military career, he worked in civil service for 20 years before retiring a

second time. Buzz was a faithful member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where he

served as president and in many other ways. He also sang in the choir and acted in various

skits throughout the years. He died on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at his residence in Harlem, GA.

and is now home with His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Family members in addition to his wife of 68 years include his children: Debra Verneau,

Bruce Verneau (Deanna), Scott Verneau (Joy) and Kathleen Verneau; 8 grandchildren; 11

great grandchildren; and sister: Pamela Reschick. He was preceded in death by his

daughter: Brenda Lee Verneau and brother: David Verneau.

The funeral service is held Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Redeemer

Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger Schwartz officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest

Memorial Park where military honors will be conducted.

Ruth Elisabeth Ruhl Grafin von Schweinitz:

17 October 1930 – 28 February 2022

Funeral service was held on March 3, 2022 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Ruth von Schweinitz

Christian Obituary

Mrs. Ruth Elisabeth Ruhl Grafin von Schweinitz passed away peacefully, on February 28,

2022, the Monday following the Transfiguration of the Lord.  She was surrounded by

her children and their love at the time of her passing.


Predeceased by her husband, Siegfried Graf von Schweinitz, her father Heinrich

Friedrich Ruhl, her mother Frieda Prohaska. She is survived by her sister Helga Jeremias,

four children and twelve grandchildren: Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz, his wife, Sarah

and children (Elisabeth (Nick), Julie, Georgina) Siegfried Graf von Schweinitz Jr., his wife,

Joni and his children (Annaliese, Olivia) Helmut Graf von Schweinitz, his wife, Kimberly

and children (Benjamin (Shaelyn), Rebecca, Sara, Andrew) Heidi Grafin von Schweinitz-

Haerle, her husband, Brad and children (Stefan, Mary Peyton, Evan) and four great-

grandchildren: Benjamin Caleb, Paul, Leo and Jacob. A word that described Ruth

throughout her life was selfless.


Born in Munich, Germany on October 17,1930, Ruth was the second oldest of four

siblings. She was baptized on October 25, 1930 at the Lutheran Church in Munich,

Germany.  She was later confirmed in her faith on April 2, 1943 in Starmberg, Germany.

At 19, after the death of her mother, she stepped in to care for her younger siblings

and assume the management role of the farm employees at Gut Buchof and Gut Riem,

the City of Munich state farms, of which her father was Managing Director.


Ruth met her beloved husband, Siegfried, in 1946 when he came to intern at the farm.

The two married on August 4,1951 and immigrated to the United States in September.

During their two week journey on the USS Hersey, she used her medical skills as a

nurse to care for other immigrants. Once settled in Columbia County, Ruth served as

president of the Appling PTA, was Cub Scout Den Mother, volunteered for the

underserved at the county clothing center and dental clinic. In addition to managing

the family farm in Appling, she raised four children and cared for twenty-one foster

children. Ruth and Siegfried’s farm hosted summer horseback riding camps, school

field trips, church picnics and receptions for many organizations. She never turned

away a stray and was a member of Columbia County Humane Society. Ruth and

Siegfried were active members of the Belle Meade Hunt, Augusta Symphony and Harry

Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Donations in Ruth’s memory can be made to Our

Redeemer Lutheran Church, any abused children or animal rescue organization.


The family will receive friends at Thomas Poteet Funeral Home, Davis Road, on

Wednesday, March 2nd from 5-7pm. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 3rd,

11:00am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Roger Schwartz officiating.

Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park.

Jennifer D. Noah:

8 August 1943 – 12 January 2022

Funeral service was held on January 20, 2022 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Jennie Noah:

Christian Obituary for Jennifer D. Noah

Jennie D. Noah died on the Wednesday following the first Sunday after Epiphany on January 12, 2022 at her home. Jennie, age 78, wife of Dr. Christopher Noah had fought the good fight against cancer for more than 20 years.


Jennie was born in Shelby, North Carolina to parents Edward Ernest Post and Margaret Thompson Post. She was baptized at Central United Methodist Church on April 11, 1954. St. and Thomas Aquinas Church in Washington, DC on June 17, 1960 was where she was confirmed in her faith. Jennie married Chris Noah on June 24, 1978 at Northern Lights United Methodist Church in Juneau, Alaska. While living in Atlanta, Georgia, the family became members of Grace Lutheran Church prior to moving to Augusta.


She had a wonderful perspective on life which came from growing up all over the world, most notably in Zimbabwe, Egypt and India. Jennie was a remarkable woman, although she would humbly deny it. While in Alaska she worked for the Alaska Legislature and started Design Gallery, an interior design firm. Later in life she began a second career in what was then considered a predominately male profession as a certified financial planner establishing her own practice, The Monitor Group here in Augusta, Georgia. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since April 7, 1991. She served in roles in Stewardship, Christian Education and was pivotal in the planning and purchase of the Church stained glass windows. As an avid Christian, she studied and led many Bible studies over the years and was a member of the Ladies AM Bible Study (LAMBS).

Family members in addition to her husband include her children: Ajit Singh Dugal, Premjit Singh Dugal, Inderjit Singh Dugal, Jeffrey Brooks Noah (deceased) and Christopher Noah, Jr.; eight grandsons; and sisters: Elizabeth Nowicki and Shirley Cox.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Roger Schwartz officiating. Interment will be private.

As was her custom, Jennie would not want to be the center of attention and requests that no flowers be sent, rather memorial donations be made to the Church Worker Scholarship fund at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard:

3 April 1932 - 15 October 2021

Funeral Service was held on October 20, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Sarah Barnard:

Christian Obituary for

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard died on Friday, October 15, 2021, she was 89 years of age and had been married over 53 years to the late William J.O. Barnard.

Sarah Frances Jenkins was born on April 3, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Mr. Grover Cleveland Jenkins and Elizabeth Marcella Kramer.  She was baptized in June of 1944 in Little Rock.  She met her husband, William Joseph Orvin Barnard in Japan, and became a military wife on July 9, 1952 when they married at Grace Lutheran Church in Poplar Bluff, MO.  Sarah was later confirmed in her faith on December 24, 1961 at First Lutheran Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.   Sarah and Bill lived in many places before settling in Augusta. They became members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on June 27, 1974 via transfer from University Lutheran in Clemson, SC.  Sarah was a member of the Our Redeemer Quilters and the Altar Guild. She enjoyed helping others and volunteered for several years at the Fort Gordon Thrift Shop. Sarah was a loving mother and will be missed by many friends and family.

Family members include her children: Zandra Mobley, Chris Sammons, Bill Barnard, Libby Brock, and Bob Barnard (Joanne); 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Elizabeth Jenkins, her husband William J.O. Barnard, and daughter, Robin Shipley.

The family will receive friends at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 beginning at 1:00 P.M. At 2:00 P.M., a funeral service will be held in the Our Redeemer Sanctuary.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery following the Church service.


Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 402 Aumond Rd., Augusta, GA 30909.

Bernice Lavera Gerler Priest:

13 January 1932 – 12 August 2021

Funeral Service was held on August 18, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Bernice Priest:

Christian Obituary:

Mrs. Bernice Lavera Gerler Priest, age 89, of Augusta, GA, beloved mother of Joy Morris, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 12, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Priest on November 20, 1988 after 37 years of marriage; her parents, Bernahard and Lona Doberenz Gerler; brother, George Gerler; sister, Dorothy Bachmann. Bernice was born in Friedensburg, Missouri, on January 13, 1932. She grew up in a large family with 6 siblings. She is survived by four: Norma Seward, Ruby Kramer, Maxine Coursey, Leo Gerler. In addition to her daughter Joy, Bernice is survived by her granddaughter, Melinda Lee Sanders (Gregg); grandson, Michael John Morris (Amanda); two great grandsons, Lucas & Jacob Sanders; numerous nieces, nephews, greats, and godchildren.

Bernice was baptized on February 1932 at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedensburg, Missouri. In April of 1946, She was confirmed in her faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, Missouri. In 1950, Bernice moved to Augusta, GA as a young adult and met the love of her life, Jack Edward Priest. She joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in 1951. She remained an active faithful member for over 60 years and was lovingly known as “Mama Priest”. Bernice cherished her church family and was quick to serve others wherever and whenever she was needed. Throughout her life, one of her greatest joys was taking care of children and sharing the Gospel with all of them. Her desire was that every person know the love of Jesus. Bernice was a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Choir, Altar Guild, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Quilters, kitchen helper, photographer, and was involved in several Bible studies. Bernice was quick to help people who were homebound, in the hospital, or in nursing homes. She never wanted anyone to feel alone and showed compassion to everyone. The legacy of Christ’s Love that she leaves behind is immeasurable. Bernice was adventurous, always up for a road trip and enjoyed an annual beach getaway with her niece, and 3 dear friends. She was an amazing seamstress and loved to Crochet. Bernice loved lunch dates at Olive Garden and Sticky Fingers with her daughter Joy. Time spent with others was precious to her. Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great grandmother, godmother to many, Mama Priest, B, dear friend and most especially known as a child of God, Bernice, now is with Jesus her Savior in heaven.

The family will receive loved ones on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 402 Aumond Road in Augusta GA from 12noon-1:30pm. The funeral service will follow at 2pm. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. For those unable to attend, you may view her Funeral at or at the Church’s Facebook page. The family requests that masks be worn by those coming in person and areas for social distancing will be available. Pallbearers include: Craig Steedley, Dean Niehoff, Robert Lack, Norm Diebold, Billy Jowers, Gary Stroebel

In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church General Fund or the ORLC Quilters at 402 Aumond Road, Augusta, GA 30909