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Bernice M. Fenske, 95

Bernice M. Johnson Fenske, age 95, of Cando, ND, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, ND.

She was born July 13, 1913, at Philbrook, MN, the daughter of Barney and Edith (Patterson) Disselbrett. She grew up and attended school in Philbrook.

Bernice married Clarence Johnson June 25, 1932. They farmed at rural Fordville, ND, where they lived and raised their four children.

In 1952, they moved to Minneapolis, where Bernice worked at First National Bank, and was a station ward clerk at University Hospital. She was also a cook for the president of General Mills.

Clarence passed away Feb. 24, 1959, at the age of 50.

Bernice married Helmuth Fenske Nov. 15, 1969. They resided on a farm in Young America. While living in Young America, Bernice was an Avon representative, and worked at the Lester Prairie Greenhouse.

Helmuth passed away July 16, 1988, at the age of 77.

Bernice moved to Cando, ND in June of 1989, where she resided for 20 years. She entered the Valley Eldercare Center at Grand Forks, ND March 25, after having received treatment for cancer for three months.

Bernice was a member of the Quale Lutheran Church in rural Fordville, ND, and its WELCA.

She enjoyed gardening and flowers, and was a great seamstress. Many hand stitched quilts were made in her lifetime. Bernice also loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed playing bunco, cards and cribbage with her Cando friends, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Clariece Jore of Cando, ND, Beverly Anton of Park River, and Shirley Zahradka of Grand Forks; daughter-in-law Mary Johnson of Minneapolis; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Bernice was preceded in death by a son, Elvin Johnson; her parents; sons-in-law William L. Zahradka, William J. Anton, and Henry Jore; a granddaughter, Bonnie Anton Schmidt; three grandsons, Harvey Jore, Dr. Buckly A. Zahradka, and Robert Johnson; a great-great granddaughter, Shiela Schmidt Lund; a great-great-grandson, Juluis Johnson; two brothers; and five sisters.

The funeral service was Saturday, April 18 at Quale Lutheran Church of rural Fordville, ND, with spring interment in the church cemetery.

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