Bernice M. Conkling

Bernice M. Conkling

Bernice M. Conkling

October 9, 1933—May 14, 2020

Bernice M. Conkling, age 86 of Wahoo formerly North Bend, Nebraska passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Saunders Medical Center Long Term Care in Wahoo. She was born October 9, 1933 at Malmo, Nebraska to Harry and Sylvia (Brecka) Tenopir.

Bernice grew up near Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska and attended country school there. She married Richard Zakovec on February 17, 1953. She then moved to the farm at Morse Bluff, Nebraska. She helped Richard farm for many years. After Richard’s death in 1972 she started working at Campbell’s Soup Co, Plumfield Nursery, the North Bend post office and cooked at the Rawhide Steakhouse in North Bend. Bernice married Frank Conkling September 30, 1990. He died in 2000.

She is survived by son, Francis (JoAnn) Zakovec of Morse Bluff, NE; grandchildren, Ryan (Brienna) Zakovec, Brent (Brook) Zakovec and Mike Albert; great-grandchildren, Haley, Dustin, Ashtynn, Kinsley, Grayden and Barrett Zakovec.

Bernice is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; daughter, Janice Leffers; brother, Wilford Tenopir and grandson, Adam Buchta.

Funeral will be 10:30 A.M, Monday, May 18, 2020 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Rev. Michael Hill of United Presbyterian Church in North Bend will officiate. Covid-Controlled Visitation on Sunday from 5-7 PM also at Moser’s. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cedar Bluffs.

Memorials to Dodge County Humane Society.

Online condolences at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 1040 N. Main, North Bend, NE 68649 402-652-8159.

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