Bernice Mertens

DEVILS LAKE Bernice Mertens, 83, Devils Lake, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in a Devils Lake nursing home.

She was born May 24, 1929, to Milton and Irene Belling, in Devils Lake. She married John Mertens on Oct. 16, 1950.

Survivors: daughter, Avis Winnegge, Devils Lake; sons, Jim, John, Joe, Roger, and Patrick, all Devils Lake, Rusty, East Grand Forks, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Vange LaBarre, of Alabama.

Funeral: Monday, 10 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake.

She donated her body to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, for research purposes, so burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation: Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m., in Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake.