This month we would like to introduce our newest resident to Residential Living Center, Bernie Pracht.
Leona Bernadette Schwartzkopf Pracht was born on Aug. 20, 1924, in Greeley, Kansas. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from Germany. Bernie had a stepsister and stepbrother; then her parents went on to have five more children with Bernie falling second to youngest.
Bernie is proud to say that her family members were all hard workers. She has fond memories of her mother, who is the person she has admired the most.
Bernie graduated from Greeley High School as valedictorian of her class. She worked at Graves drugstore in Garnett.
Bernie married the love of her life, Wayne Pracht, in January of 1946 and they made their home between Garnett and Westphalia. This union lasted more than 65 years before she lost Wayne. Wayne and Bernie loved going to dances and playing cards with neighbors and friends. They raised six children: two girls and four boys.
Bernie has always been a most devoted wife and mother. She helped Wayne in the fields, had a big garden, cooked, canned, and sewed. In later years, Wayne and Bernie enjoyed a trip to Hawaii where she got to see Don Ho! Rumor has it that she might even have gotten a kiss from him.
Bernie’s faith has always been very important to her and she believes that her Catholic faith gives her strength. For many years, she has been very active in St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Westphalia. She taught religious classes and helped out wherever needed. She believes that if families stay close to God they can live a good life. We love having Bernie be a part of our Residential Living Center family!