August 7, 1923 – January 6, 2019
Born in Wilber, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Helen J. Berst

Helen J. Berst, 95, Lincoln passed away January 6, 2019. Born August 7, 1923 in Wilber, NE to Charles and Mary (Rhemes) Wasserbauer.

Member of Christ United Methodist Church, DOES, United Methodist Women, VFW Auxiliary, ZCBJ, and a Bryan Hospital employee for over 40 years.

Family members include her son, Charles “Chuck” (Lane) Berst of Lincoln; daughter, Connie (James) Baruth of Omaha; sisters, Erma Adamson of Exeter, NE, Charlene (Jack) Barker of Littleton, CO; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Vilis and brother, Edward.

Private Family Service.

Memorials may be given to Christ United Methodist Church.

No Visitation/Cremation

Two Mothers Remembered – by Joann Snow Duncanson

I had two Mothers – two Mothers I claim
Two different people, yet with the same name.
Two separate women, diverse by design,
But I loved them both because they were mine.
The first was the Mother who carried me here,
Gave birth and nurtured and launched my career.
She was the one whose features I bear,
Complete with the facial expressions I wear.
She gave me her love, which follows me yet,
Along with the examples in life that she set.
As I got older, she somehow younger grew,
And we’d laugh as just Mothers and daughters should do.
But then came the time that her mind clouded so,
And I sensed that the Mother I knew would soon go.
So quickly she changed and turned into the other,
A stranger who dressed in the clothes of my Mother.
Oh, she looked the same, at least at arm’s length,
But now she was the child and I was her strength.
We’d come full circle, we women three,
My Mother the first, the second and me.
And if my own children should come to a day,
When a new Mother comes and the old goes away,
I’d ask of them nothing that I didn’t do.
Love both of your Mothers as both have loved you.

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