Bernice Estrem

Bernice Estrem

  • Funeral Date: 2/27/16
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 AM
  • Date of Birth: 6/23/25
  • Date of Death: 2/21/16
  • Funeral Location: Church of St. Dominic - Northfield

Bernice Virginia Estrem was born on June 23, 1925, in Randolph Township, Dakota County, Minnesota, to Charles and Esther (Felton) Klahr. She received her education in Randolph and was a 1944 graduate of Randolph High School.

On September 14, 1946, Bernice was united in marriage to Willard Estrem at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. This marriage was blessed with 6 children. They shared 68 years of marriage. Bernice and Willard resided on a farm in rural Dennison before moving to a farm in rural Nerstrand where they farmed for many years until moving to the farm site where they spent the remainder of their years. Over the decades Bernice and Willard raised various crops and operated a family dairy farm. Most recently being named farm family of the year.

Bernice was a faithful member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, the neighborhood birthday club, Rice County Extension, and Unit of St. Cecilia. She enjoyed gardening, mowing the lawn, baking and competing at various county fairs and the state fair with her baked goods. Together Bernice and Willard enjoyed dancing every Saturday night at the Northfield Ballroom, and playing cards with family and friends. They especially cherished their time traveling, especially to Florida during the winter months.

On Sunday evening, February 21, 2016, surrounded by her family, Bernice passed away at Reflections on Three Links Care Center Campus in Northfield at the age 90.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 PM, Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and continue for one hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.

Memorials are preferred to Northfield Hospice or St. Dominic Catholic Church .

Survivors include son: Jim (former spouse Gretchen) of Northfield, Mark (Jeanne), Steve (Lorie), David (Renee), and Kevin (Leanne) all of Nerstrand; daughter Lisa Riemenschneider of New Richmond, WI; grandchildren: Clarice (Pat) DeGrood, Crystal (Tim) Pieper, Matt (Melissa) Estrem, Andrew (Belinda) Estrem, Nick Estrem, Marcia (Lee) Cronce, Lynnette (Nick) Erickson, Travis (Alyssa) Estrem, Derek Estrem, Michael Estrem, Madeline Riemenschneider and Grant Riemenschneider; great grandchildren: Breanna and Karlie Jo DeGrood, Allison and Edward Estrem, Braden and Anna Cronce, Aaden and Collin Estrem, and Reece Pieper; sister Mary Ann (Eugene) Roeder; sister-in-law Bernice Klahr; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Preceded by her parents, husband, and brother Merlin “Bud” Klahr.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.


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