Berneice Jensen, 88

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 29, 2006

Berneice Alvina Jensen, age 88, went to be with the Lord Jan. 27, 2006. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at Clarks Grove Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at First Baptist Church in Clarks Grove.

Berneice was born March 10, 1917, in Freeborn County, daughter of Albert and Rebecca Fredrickson. They moved to Cedar Falls for a short time, and then moved to Long Beach, Calif., in 1929. She graduated from high school in Long Beach, and then went on to beautician school as a licensed operator. She enjoyed modeling for photographers and entered Long Beach beauty contests. The family moved back to Minnesota in 1936 after the tragic death of her dad. She met her future husband at the Clarks Grove Creamery where Oscar worked; he was also a member of the Baptist church where she attended. They were united in marriage Dec. 31, 1939, at the Baptist church where she has been a member for the last 66 years.

Berneice was a very talented artist, winning many ribbons at the county fairs for her beautiful oil paintings and exquisite embroidered pillow cases, table top sets, dish towels, we will treasure the beautiful work she left us. Berneice was a wonderful down-home cook, baked homemade bread weekly and was known for her Danish Kringles decorated with almonds and red cherries made to look like flower petals. She was an avid gardener and loved to spend time outdoors. She loved to play around on her steel/Hawaiian guitar when her family was young, teaching her young family to sing. One of her favorites was &8220;My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean.&8221; She was naturally gifted in music.

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Berneice was a wonderful mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a sweet disposition and we’ll always remember her for the kindness and compassion she had for everyone.

She is survived by husband Oscar Jensen of Albert Lea; five children and spouses, Max and Marlene Jensen of Albert Lea, Diane and Gene Harig of Albert Lea, Valie Iverson of Albert Lea, June and Bruce Chrz of Clarks Grove and Gary and Becky Jensen of Albert Lea; grandchildren Jeff (Claire) Jensen of Maplewood, Lory (Rick) Petersen of Albert Lea, Mitchell Harig of Owatonna, Tim Iverson of Albert Lea, Terri Iverson of Geneva, Traci Corwin of Windom, Tiffany Severson of Albert Lea, Nick Johnson of Albert Lea, Janelle (Cory) Corwin of Dodge Center, Jarrod Jensen of Peilwaukee, Wis.; and step grandchildren Chad Peterson, Heidi Peterson, Mike Peterson, and David Peterson. She was blessed with 18 great-grandchildren. Stanley (Sandy) Fredrickson, her brother, survives her, as do many nieces and nephews. Her deceased brother’s wife, Anita Fredrickson, resides in Alabama.

Berneice was preceded in death by her parents and brother Albert Jr.

Berneice and Oscar celebrated 67 years of marriage. Blessed is her memory.

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