Bernadette “Bernie” Sandquist, 97, of Watertown, passed away July 16, 2022, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN.
A memorial service took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, MN, the Rev. Jeffrey Engholm officiated. The interment was in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Bernadette Bernice Sandquist was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Watertown, the daughter of Carl and Jeanette (Samuelson) Carlson. Bernie was baptized Sept. 23, 1924, at Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. Hedeen and later confirmed her faith in the Lord June 25, 1938, at Trinity Lutheran with Rev. Baker officiating.
After graduating from Watertown High School, Bernie attended a teachers’ college in Hutchinson, MN. After her training, she began teaching in local one-room schools.
On Oct. 30, 1948, Bernie was united in marriage with Clifton Sandquist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. This union was blessed with a son, James Sandquist.
Bernie had taught school for many years and later worked as an aide for Carver County Healthcare and Ridgeview Healthcare. She enjoyed cooking and baking and especially sharing her treats with others. Bernie also enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble with family and friends. She loved spending time at the cabin on Horseshoe Lake and sharing cabin life with family and friends.
Bernie was a devoted lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She had been a Sunday school teacher, Altar Guild member, and active in many circles, Bible study groups, and quilting groups.
Bernie is preceded in death by her husband Clifton Sandquist; parents Carl and Jeanette Carlson; sisters Lucille (Lloyd) Munkelwitz, Janice Kusha, Loretta Gast; father-in-law and mother-in-law Randolph and Alice Sandquist; brothers-in-law Wallace, Norman, Darwin, Clyde; sister-in-law Melrose.
Bernie is survived by her loving family: son James Sandquist; brother-in-law Gene Kusha; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. 952-442-2121 www.johnsonfh.com