Bernice R. Herberg

Bernice R. Herberg, 91, Bismarck, formerly of Minot, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Bernice Rosemond Sandberg was born June 2, 1922, the third daughter of Bert and Mabel (Molander) Sandberg, on a farm near Crosby. She was raised on the family farm and educated at a rural country school in the area. She graduated from Crosby High School in 1941.

Following her high school graduation, she lived in Seattle, where she worked at Boeing Aircraft in blueprinting during World War II.

Bernice married Howard F. Herberg on Dec. 23, 1950, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby. They made their home in Williston, where Howard worked as an electrician. The family moved to various cities in conjunction with Howard’s employment.

In 2011, they moved to Bismarck to be closer to their son, Lee, after they lost their home to the Souris River Flood.

She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Minot, where she volunteered at the North Dakota State Fair and the Norsk Hostfest. She served on the Deaconess Board of First Lutheran Church for many years visiting shut-ins and was very active in her circle.

Bernice was a passionate reader and loved the Minot Public Library. She spent countless hours watching classic movies and knew all the old movie stars by name. She assigned a Hollywood likeness to all her grandchildren and truly believed they were stars in their own right. She was a phenomenal baker and cook, known for her date bars, her ‘Robert Taylor’ lemon pie, her rice pudding and Christmas cookies. She had a quick wit and a marvelous sense of humor. She instilled in her children and grandchildren a love for all things Swedish.

Bernice adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was an integral part of all of their lives. She taught them to drink coffee at the age of 4, play cards at the age of 5 and complete TV Guide crossword puzzles by age 8. She was a gentle, calm and comforting figure who provided encouragement and unconditional love. She was skilled at the art of holding hands and a master Hallmark card sender. In all of her years she never missed a birthday, anniversary or holiday to remind them of how special they were in a handwritten note. In a world surrounded by distraction, Bernice was steady, and taught all around her to sit down, relax and enjoy the moment.

Bernice’s mantra for life was “It’s better with butter” and she often said, “baking was good exercise.”

Her loving family includes: son, Rev. Lee Herberg, Mandan; daughter, Karen (Ted) Bray, Camano Island, Wash.; grandchildren, Mikaela Herberg; and Sarah Morse, Adam (Ashley) Feist, and Seth Feist; great-grandchildren, Gus and Edith Morse; and Faye Feist; sister, Hazel Berg, Walhalla; and numerous nieces, and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard, in December 2011; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Herberg; sister, Mae Sponenburgh; and brothers-in-law, Gilbert Berg and John Sponenburgh.

Funeral: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at 1 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Memorials: Are preferred to First Lutheran Church in Minot, or to the donor’s choice.

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(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)