Bernita A. Oltrogge

Dec 16, 2020
Oltrogee, Bernita Crop 2


Private Family Graveside Services: to take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Readlyn, Iowa.



Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Readlyn, Iowa


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo or Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, 410 NW Ash Drive, Ankeny, Iowa 50023; Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.


     Bernita A. Oltrogge, 94, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny.
     She was born July 5, 1926 on the family farm in Buck Creek in rural Sumner, daughter of Henry and Hulda Westendorf Judisch. She married Arlin F. Oltrogge December 4, 1944 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Buck Creek, rural Sumner; Arlin died July 22, 1996. She was baptized and confirmed at the same church.
     She was a homemaker and worked at Black Hawk Plastics for 16 years until retirement. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo for 60 years. She was active in Ladies Circle and did condolences for friends. She had a passion for gardening and yard work.
    Survived by: her daughters, Sandra (Eldon) Wiegert of Loveland‚ CO, Lois (Jim) Leary of Ankeny‚ and Diane (Nick) Lara of Euless‚ TX; son, Leon (Gina) Oltrogge of Ocala‚ FL; five grandchildren, Mark (Amanda) Leary, Michael (Julie) Leary, Melissa (Justin) Ewoldsen, Amy (Doug) Kenshol, and Sierra Lara; eight great-grandchildren, Faith and Carter Kenshol, Hayden and Grace Ewoldsen, and Kaleigh, Alissa, Brinley, and Connor Leary.
     Preceded by: her parents; husband; sisters, Elverna Guenther, Mildred Buhr, and Arlis Wilharm; and infant brother, Walter Judisch. 

Click here to send a private message to the family.



Leave a comment
  1. Geri Oltrogge | Dec 20, 2020
    My sympathy to the family.  Bernita always had a warm and friendly smile. God be with you at this time and always. Geri Oltrogge
  2. Roger and Sharon (Bruns) Jordan | Dec 20, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Benita was a special lady and always had a smile on her face. We got to know her in her later years at ZIon. She always kept us updated on Leon, Sandy and family. I know Jerry always thought she was "special". She always talked about getting a ride on his motorcycle!!. Our prayers are with you.



  3. Sandy (Graham) Watson | Dec 17, 2020
    My sympathies to the family. Enjoyed talking to Bernita when she was able to come to Zion. 

    Leave a comment

    Locate Us

    Get directions to Locke Funeral Home.

    Play button icon. Click to order flowers.

    Order Flowers

    Choose the arrangement and let us worry about the rest

    Play button icon. Click to order flowers.

    Plan a Gathering & 

    Celebrate a life that has been lived and has touched so many.

    Play button icon. Click to plan a gathering or celebration.

    Local Grief Support

    Find a support group to help you cope with grief.

    Play button icon. Click to plan a gathering or celebration.