Bernice A. Nelson, 98, formerly of Echo, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2012 at Bethany Good Samaritan in Brainerd.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 9 at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls.
Visitation will be at Sunset Burial Assn. in Echo, on Thursday March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to the church service. Memorials are preferred to Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church or to Valley City State University, Valley City, ND.
Bernice was born June 26, 1913, in Hazelton, ND, to Bernie and Carrie Hanson, Bernice was baptized and confirmed in Lutheran churches in Hazelton and Nome, ND; her Christian faith sustained her throughout her life. She graduated from Nome High School in 1930 and from Valley City Teachers’ College in 1932, having majored in public school music education. Bernice taught public school music in Rosholt, SD from 1932-1937.
Bernice was united in marriage to Leonard M. Nelson on August 15, 1937, at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. Four children were born to the marriage: Carol, Rolf, Sylvia, and Mark.
Bernice’s life was devoted to her family and her music. She taught piano lessons for six decades and was church organist and choral director at American Lutheran Church in Echo. Bernice was a charter member of the Echo Auxiliary and was involved in community activities.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Bernie and Carrie Hanson; her husband Leonard; her daughter Carol; and her brothers Alton and Howard.
Bernice is survived by her sister, Pearl Lien of Edina; her three children, Rolf (Karen) Nelson of Park Rapids, Sylvia (Jamie) Omtvedt of Brainerd, and Mark (Patricia Melich) Nelson of Afton; her five grandchildren, Erik, Mark, and Kirsten Omtvedt of Brainerd, Sara Miles of Sartell, and Bernie (Tanja) Nelson of Ham Lake; and by two great-grandchildren, Jaden Wagoner and Colin Omtvedt of Brainerd.
Arrangements are with Sunset Burial & Cremation of Echo.