Bernadine Rita Nephew started her life’s journey on January 31st, 1924 with that journey ending June 18, 2019 at the age of 95. She was born to David James Nephew and Loretta Susanna Voodre-Nephew in Detroit, Michigan. Berna-dine married Clayton Rand-olph Pershing Swalstad in January 1943, upon his death in 1965 Bernadine later married Frank Baumann Sr. She is survived by nine children, Cheryl (daughter) Bohlman, St Paul, MN, David (son) and Jean Swalstad, Worland, WY, Suzanna (daughter) and Francis Styren, Watford, ND, Kathleen (daughter) and Tom Alford, Laurel, MT, Mary (daughter) Kellan, Laurel, MT, Debra (daughter) and Richard Morris, Abbeville, SC, Vickie (daughter) and Kerry Wanke, Granite Falls, MN, Clayton (son) and DeEtte Swalstad, Abbeville, SC, Frankie (son) and Joyce Baumann, Houston, TX., and 102 Grandchildren. Bernadine also has several nephews and nieces, Wayne Lewison, Dennis Lewison, Carol McIntosh, Dickie Lewison, Terry Lewison, Bennett Lewison, Jr., and Patricia Lewison all originally from Granite Falls.
Bernadine has earned an honorary Doctorate Degree in Domestic Engineering, by raising and praying for eleven children without the help of Xbox, iPhones, or Peppa Pig. During her life’s journey Bernadine was an active member in the Eastern Star, and the ladies’ group of the Congregational Church, and most recently a member of First Baptist Church in Abbeville, SC. Bernadine never missed a chance to gather family to join in fellowship and eat her amazing Italian spaghetti or to bake for the hospital auxiliary. Over the years Bernadine was an awe-inspiring mom & mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, and aunt. Bernadine has worked as a homemaker, a shoe store clerk, an assembly line worker, a baker in several grocery stores, catering business from her home, a school cook, a ceramic artist, an amazing bowler. She lived her life as a strong witness for Jesus and prayer warrior that loved and prayed her family through all the good and all the bad times. Bernadine’s now in the Church Triumphant Now, Bernadine has joined all her loved ones that have preceded her in death. Husbands Clayton Swalstad Sr., Frank Baumann, Sr., children; Bruce (stepson) Baumann, Kris (daughter) Lalim-Holwerda, Granddaughter, LeeAnn Swalstad, Great Granddaughter, Callie Chrisman, Granddaughter, Suzette Huff, Grandson, Todd Bohlman, and Great Grandson, Brandon Harris, 6 brothers and sisters and her sister-in-law Bernice Lewison.
If you think you can no longer talk to Bernadine, or mom, or grandma, or your friend and are not aware, the Church Triumphant does have an email address for all the saints that reside there, good news is you don’t need an iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, LapTop, or a PC, just take a few minutes to reflect on your loving memories with her and always remember her new address is Bernadine@homewithmylord.god