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Beverly Jean Bice

January 2, 2019 | 6 comments

Beverly Jean Bice, 87, of La Crosse passed away peacefully on Monday, December 31, 2018. Beverly was born on January 10, 1931, to Ralph and Florence (Streeter) Kolbrek in Sioux Falls, SD.

Beverly married Clesson Bice and together they had four children. They later divorced.

Beverly grew up in La Crosse and graduated from Central High School. She worked in the food service and retail industry. She also worked as a manager in the Green Thumb program with senior citizens seeking employment. Beverly was preceded in death by her half-sister, Joyce Mickleson Mueller and her beloved corgi, Mackie.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Barbara) and Ronald (Robbie); daughters, Barbara Ellen Mooney Bierman and Carole (Ronald) Whitehead Kohler; half-sister, Janice Kolbrek White; grandchildren, Amy (Sam), Julie Anne (Mark), Stephanie, Stacie, Stephen, Kathryn (Neil), Tiffany, Joshua (Casey); great-grandchildren, Joaquin, Olivia, Quinn, Neva, Ian, Gregory, Tasia, Annalise, Brian, Nathan, Braylon, and Arianna; and very special friends and neighbors, Neal and Denise Roland.

Beverly was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. She enjoyed sketching and playing cards. She loved to attend jazz fest, write short stories and poetry, feed the birds, and visit with family and friends. Bev was an outstanding Jeopardy player.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, January 6th, at the North Presbyterian Church, 1327 N Salem Rd., La Crosse, WI 54603,  at 2:00 p.m., with visitation prior to the service at 1:00 p.m.



  1. Pete Gliniecki

    Beverly had a heart of gold and treated me like family when I visited to tune up her computer. She liked to watch the screen saver pictures of family and pets, and play Bookworm on the computer. I’ll remember the poker games played with Donnie, Barbara, and Beverly, and Jeopardy shows watched. I only wish she had finished her biography so I could have learned more about other events of her life.

    • Carole

      Thank you so much for your comments Peter. You were so kind and generous. She enjoyed your visits so much.

  2. Elizabeth Nelson

    Tom, Ron, Barb and Carole..so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely person. Know what it’s like to lose a parent and it’s never easy. I’m very sorry I will not be able to attend her service as I’m in Arizona for the winter. Please pass on my sympathies to the rest of the family. Hugs and prayers.. cousin Liz

    • Carole Kohler

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks so much for your condolences. My brother Tom said he thought you lived in a warmer climate during the winters so I understand you not being able to attend. It was a small get together as most of Mother’s friends have past and she has no relatives in WI, but it was a nice service and most of the Bice family attended.

      Thanks again for sending your sympathies to us.

  3. Kathy O'Flanagan

    Aunt Bev, you will be sadly missed but your spirit will always be in our hearts. Play some cards in heaven with my mom Margaret. I will never forget the airplane rides you gave me as a kid. RIP

    To your children and grandchildren my deepest sympathy what a strong and loving woman she was.

    • Carole Kohler


      It meant so much to us that you were able to attend Mother’s service. She has no family of her own in WI (except her own decendents) so it was so special that the cousins, nieces and nephews on my father’s side attended. I know that is a long haul for you from northern WI and I am sure Mother appreciated it very much as well.

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