Bernice Dorothy Marquette, age 85, of Cokato, passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Brookridge Assisted Living in Cokato.
She was born June 18, 1930, in Wilmot, SD, to Bert and Dorthy (Law) German.
Bernice grew up on a farm near Peever, SD, and was baptized and confirmed at the Peever Lutheran Church.
She also attended school in Peever.
When Bernice was 18, she took a job in California as a nanny. She stayed two years, then came back home.
In the 1950s, Bernice married Gene Marquette, and the couple made their home in Minnesota. To this union, a daughter, Debbie, was born.
Besides being a nanny, Bernice had many jobs, including at the nursing home in Cokato, as a waitress in South Haven and Annandale, at a bakery in Rockford, and at the Milbank hospital and nursing home for 19 years.
Bernice came from a musical family; she enjoyed all music, mostly old time, and gospel. Bruce Hoffman was her favorite musician.
She also enjoyed dancing, tour trips to concerts and Branson, and watching the “Young and the Restless” on TV.
Mostly, Bernice enjoyed her friends and family, especially spending time with her grandchildren, and the birthday club.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Sheldon of Cokato; grandchildren Sonia (Scott) Ewald of Brownton, Chantel (Brice) Gillman of Darwin, Sarah Sheldon, Kevin Sheldon, and Kyle Sheldon, all of Cokato; five great-granddaughters; Isabella, Brooklyn, Morgan, McKenna, and Leah; and three great-grandsons; Gaven, Bodee, and Deon.
Bernice is further survived by two sisters, Jeanette Snazy of Grenville, SD, and Charolette Fryer of Milbank, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Bert and Dorthy; two sisters, Yvonne Skogland, and Deeann Jensen; and brothers Herbert, Harold and Allan German.
Bernice’s funeral service was Thursday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
There was also visitation Saturday, Jan. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Peever Lutheran Church in Peever, SD, followed by interment in Peever Cemetery.