Bernice Anderson chauffeured friends
Funeral services for Bernice Anderson, 90, of Mobridge, were held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Norway Lutheran Church.
Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Bernice passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge.
Bernice Elda Anderson was born to Edwin and Elda (Fenske) Hansen on Jan. 29, 1923, at the home of Christ and Selby Kuehn in Mobridge. She was baptized in Mound City at the Zion Lutheran Church. Bernice was confirmed at Norway Lutheran Church. She attended rural school at the Gjeifle School. As a first-grader she was packed in with 35 other students. She also attended Wayside School. Bernice was very shy and so afraid. The teacher would comfort her by holding her on her lap.
She went on to graduate from Glenham High School in 1941 and then attended Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen for one year to get her teaching certificate. She taught three years at the Wayside School and three years at Duper School, riding to and from the school on horseback. She once said, “I went to school before daylight and came back after dark.”
Bernice married Calvin Anderson on Nov. 30, 1947, at Norway Lutheran Church. For the first five years of their marriage they made their home with her parents at the farm where Bernice had grown up. Bernice liked working with the farm animals and tried to make sure they were well taken care of. She liked to help with operating the farm machinery. Riding on the back of the binder was one of her jobs.
Living on the farm provided many experiences. One favorite was helping Calvin herd a huge sow into a farrowing pen, when her husband yelled, “Don’t let her get past you.” Startled, Bernice stepped forward just as the pig lunged toward her and between her legs. Bernice found herself straddling the pig and riding it backwards as it charged off down the field. All she could do was lean forward and hang onto the back of the pig until it finally came to a stop.
Calvin and Bernice retired and moved to Mobridge on April 1, 1988. For many years they lived in their house by the airport. Bernice became the chauffeur for her many friends. She gave ride service to appointments, shopping trips, Ladies Aid, Sunday church or coffee parties. Because of failing eyesight from macular degeneration, Bernice had to give up the ride service and let Calvin be her chauffeur.
Bernice enjoyed having parties. She really enjoyed bridal and baby showers. She was a member of Norway Lutheran Church, Norway Church Ladies Aid, Franklin Extension Club, Hospital Auxiliary, American Association of Retired Persons, Historical Society, Bridge City Coin and Stamp Club, Klein Museum and Mobridge Citizens Center. Her favorite holidays were Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July. She liked giving valentines and going to parades.
Bernice is survived by her sisters-in-law, Alpha Prasek of Selby, Charlotte Anderson of Mobridge and Rother Anderson of Glenham; brother-in-law, Ted Anderson of Glenham; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Elda, her husband, Calvin and her sister, Norma Barthel.