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Bernice E. Bang, 89

Bernice Elizabeth Bang, age 89, of Cokato, passed away peacefully, as was her nature, Saturday, May 18, 2013.

The funeral service will be Friday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.

Visitation is Thursday, May 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and will continue Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or Red Cross for the Oklahoma tornado victims.

Bernice came into this world as a precious Christmas gift, Dec. 25, 1923, born to parents Sam and Amanda (Keifer) Messerli. Bernice grew up in the Montevideo area and attended school through the eighth grade.

She then worked in the area as a waitress at the local café.

Bernice and her sister, Darline could be found on many weekends at local clubs dancing to the latest music of the day. It was at one of these clubs that Bernice met and fell in love with a smooth-talking trumpet player, Arnie Bang.

Bernice and Arnie were married June 24, 1944, and shared 60 years of marriage until Arnie’s passing in 2004. They made their home in Minneapolis, then North Dakota, and in 1956, settled in the Cokato area, where they raised their seven children.

Bernice was a full-time homemaker, and also began full-time employment at Fabri-Tek in 1965, where she remained a diligent employee until her retirement at age 72.

Bernice enjoyed being around her family, going on many outings with her girls, and always, a good cup of coffee.

She loved her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the frequent visits they made.

Bernice was dearly loved by her family.

She is survived by her children, Richard Bang, Marge (Marv) Stewart, Nancy (Greg) Barrick, Al (Laurie) Bang, Mavis (Wayne) Noga, Norma Jean (Frank) Cruz, and Marlene (Ron) Carlson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Darline Erickson; sisters-in-law Hazel Messerli, and Arlene Bang; brother-in-law Leonard Olson; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Arnie, Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings.