Bernice Trachsel Wismer

August 25, 1913October 16, 2011

Bernice Trachsel Wismer of Bethany, Oregon, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died on October 16, 2011, at the age of 98. She was one of eight siblings born to John and Hulda Trachsel of Beaverton, Oregon. Her parents had a farm near Barnes Elementary school where they raised onions and other farm products in a field that is now Commonwealth Lake. She attended Barnes Elementary school through the 8th grade. Both of her parents died when she was a teenager. That left her and 2 sisters to care for their 4 younger brothers and take care of the farm. Her parentswere members of Bethany Baptist Church.

On February 12, 1937, she married Richard (Dick) Wismer of Bethany. Soon after Bernice joined the Bethany Presbyterian Church, where, she was vary active, serving on many committees. She was the lead soprano singer in the church choir for many years until her voice begin to fail her. They had 2 children, daughter JoAnn Wismer Vance and son Dr. Ronald Wismer. During the early years of their marriage they worked on the Wismer farm and took over the operation about 1950. The dairy was discontinued and general farming took its place. Bernice worked hard and dedicated herself to making the farm successful. They raised poultry, grain and cattle and later strawberry fields were planted. Bernice managed the berry harvest. In here spare time, as she called it, she became head cook at Sunset Valley Grade School which became part of the Beaverton School District. After retiring Bernice and Dick traveled to many places throughout the world with friends for sight seeing and playing golf.

Gardening was a passion for her and she spent many hours working with her flowers. A favorite pastime was playing Pinochle with the same group friends from church for 38 years.

Bernice is survived by her husband, Dick; daughter, JoAnn Vance (Gary); son, Dr. Ronald Wismer (Jan); 5 grandchildren, David Vance (Laureen), Brian Vance (Lyda), Tyson Wismer (Janell), Brent Wismer and Lindsey Wismer; 2 great grandchildren, Corinne Vance and Aaron Vance. Her grandchildren were the love of her life and she attended as many of their school activities as possible. She was so proud of her family and loved all the attention they gave her in the last years of her life.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 2;00 p.m., 15505 NW Springville Rd., Portland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Bethany Presbyterian Church or Barnes Elementary School, 13730 SW Walker Rd., Beaverton, OR 97005.

Arrangements under the direction of Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel, Beaverton, OR.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bernice Trachsel Wismer

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Mildred Byers

October 28, 2011

The Byers family remembers Bernice as a wonderful church mate, business partner, and beloved friend of the family for many years. We shall miss her.

Bea Albrecht

October 25, 2011

Bernice was a dear person. I worked with her at Sunset Valley. We lived across the street from Joanne. for many years. Our love and condolences to the family.

October 25, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Lemmer Family

Sharon Holloway

October 24, 2011

May your memories of the special times you shared with your loved one be with you in comfort at this time.
Sharon and the Fir Lawn Memorial staff

Chuck & Darlene Moore

October 23, 2011

Dick and Family, Our most sincere condolences at the loss of your loving wife, mother and gr.mother. She will be missed by all due to her caring nature and that winning smile. May God welcome Bernice and Bless her in her New Home.

Our prayers for all!

October 23, 2011

Will always remember Bernice. Worked with her @ Sunset Valley School. She taught me to bake. May yourest in peace. Marge Elkins

The Purdys

October 21, 2011

We will fondly remember the fine times at Bethany Pres.

You will be missed!

October 21, 2011

i have great memories of your mom, what a great christian person, always helping others, i remember the berry fields how great she was to all of us in the slope. then cakes at albertsons o what fun she had ordering them so sorry i will be out of town jerry and i have had this trip plan for long time. but i will be thinking and praying for all the family and you were all so good to her. your friend love and prayers jeannie croeni hoffelner

October 21, 2011

We are so sad to learn of the death of your dear family member. We shared many happy times together in our youth. We were at her family farm many times. she was so caring and sewed clothes, made quilts, etc for us and others. We still have a picture she took of us with her personal camera. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Orvilla Haskell Callender

Robert Geiger

October 21, 2011

It is with deep sorry I hear this news, I have fond memories of working for her in her berry fields.