Bernida M. Jochim, 91, Mariah Hill

Bernida M. Jochim, 91, of Mariah Hill, died Thursday April 23, at Scenic Hills at the Monastery in Ferdinand. She was born in Mariah Hill June 8, 1928, to John and Theresia (Gogel) Daunhauer. She married Louis O. Jochim May 28, 1949, at Mary Help Of Christians Church in Mariah Hill. He died July 30, 2009.

Bernida was a lifelong member of Mary Help Of Christians Church and its Ladies Sodality where she worked as an organizer and support staff member. She was a member of the Santa Claus Legion Auxiliary and a former Spencer County 4-H leader. She was an avid quilter and gardener and loved cooking for her family and friends. She was especially fond of spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Carol Riehle and husband Tony, Ferdinand, Doris Hopf and husband Gabe, Jasper, and Connie Fella and husband Brad, Santa Claus; one son, Daniel Jochim and wife Kris, Mariah Hill; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchilden; and one sister, Ardella Wilmes, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by six sisters, Philomena Dilger, Corneal Boehman, Lenora Heilers, Verena Bettag, Agnes Schue, and Rose Bitzer, and three brothers, Pat, Jeff, and Clarence Daunhauer.

Private family services will be held at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Graveside services will be held at Mary Help Of Christians Church Cemetery in Mariah Hill Monday at 10 a.m. (CT). In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Mariah Hill Foundation, P.O. Box 194, Mariah Hill, IN. 47556. Online condolences can be shared at