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June 06th, 2020

berneta herbelBerneta Rae (Welch) Herbel, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 8,2020 at her home in Hooker, Okla.

She was born Dec. 25, 1932 the daughter of Herman and Berniece (Hodges) Welch in their home in Hooker, Okla. 

She attended Hooker schools, graduating in 1951. While in high school, she was in a vocal trio and a twirler in the band.

Berneta was united in marriage to George Herbel on May 6, 1954 in Hooker, Okla. He preceded her in death Dec. 22, 1986.

She was a member of Saint John's Lutheran Church of Hooker, Okla. belonging to Lamplighters, Ladies Aid and serving as a vocalist.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Sweet Adeline's and Rose Garden Flower Club.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, gardening, crocheting, needle crafts, painting, and writing poems and stories. She wrote and published two books.

Berneta is survived by sons, Dr. Dick Herbel and wife, Pensie, Liberal,  and Damon Herbel and wife, Debby, Poolville, Texas; daughter, Rhonda Mercer, Plains; nine grandchildren: Brian, Jenifer and Leslie Herbel, Joshua and Nicholas Mercer, Elizabeth Carriger, Amanda Bringham, Turah Shaver and Joe Herbel; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; one son, George Gavin; brother, Steve Welch; and son-in-law, John Mercer.

• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hooker, Okla. with Rev. Andrew Wehling presiding. 

Burial will be at the Hooker Cemetery directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. in Hooker, Oklahoma.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or St. John’s Lutheran Church and may be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945.

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