Bernice L. Larsen

Bernice L. Larsen

August 24, 1926 - March 12, 2022

Bernice L. Larsen, 95, of Minot, North Dakota and Mt. Pleasant passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at the New London Specialty Care Center in New London.

Bernice was born on August 24, 1926, in Glendive, Montana, the daughter of Arthur and Hulda Rose (Johanson) Parker. She was raised and educated in Glendive, Montana and graduated from Dawson County High School in 1943. She attended Billings Business College before being employed in the secretarial field. She enrolled in Concordia Lutheran College in 1946 and moved to California in 1948, where she was employed at Forest Lawn Insurance Company.

Bernice was united in marriage to Richard Larsen on May 18, 1952, in Dickinson, North Dakota. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2018. They moved to Bismarck for 6 years where she was employed at Standard Oil until moving to Minot, North Dakota in 1958. She was then employed as a legal secretary to Ella Van Berkom until her passing in March of 1994. She continued as a secretary freelancing with Minot area attorneys.

Bernice was a member of First Lutheran Church, Minot, North Dakota, where she served as Deaconess of the Archives and held various other positions within the church. She was past president of the First Lutheran Church Women. She especially enjoyed quilting, gardening, sewing, and playing the piano, her dogs and her family.

Bernice is survived by her children, Richard Alan Larsen (Brenda Taege) Scottsdale, Arizona and Valerie Gulseth (Rick) Bonser, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, her grandchildren, Casey Pollmeier, Erin (Stanley) Stevens, Colin Larsen, and Danielle (Logan) Boltz; and 11 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and in-laws, Jennie Just Lightfoot, Knoxville, Iowa and Annie (Dick) Buell, St. Helens, Oregon, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Richard brothers, Gail Parker, Kermit Parker, and brothers-in-laws, Walter Larsen, Melvin Larsen, Laurence Larsen and Gus Lightfoot.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the First Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota. Burial will follow in the Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot, North Dakota. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the Thomas Family Funeral Home in Minot, North Dakota. To share memories and condolences or view a livestream of the service access her obituary at

Local arrangements were handled by the Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant

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