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Bernice "Bunny" Bodensteiner

Bernice Veronica"Bunny" Bodensteiner, 88, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Valley 4000 in Grand Forks, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Friday, September 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla Senior Center, Valley 4000, or charity of your choice.
Bunny was born March 5, 1927, in Langdon, ND to Peter and Clara (Kartes) Sauer. She grew up in the Mt. Carmel area, attended school in Mt. Carmel and graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon. She continued her education at Valley City State College, Valley City, ND and earned her teaching degree. She taught at Fremont Township School for two years near Walhalla, before meeting the love of her life.
On June 25, 1947, Bunny married Joseph Bodensteiner at Mt. Carmel, ND. They made their home on the farm west of Walhalla for the rest of their married life. Her last few years have been spent at Valley 4000 in Grand Forks, where she developed new friendships and a second home.
Her greatest passions in life were her children, and grandchildren and she devoted her life to being a homemaker and raising her family. She loved to spend time with family and friends, sewing, quilting, gardening, square dancing and card games with special friends and family. Bunny was an active member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Altar Society, and choir. The family was named Outstanding ND KC Family of the Year. She also served as a board member of the Pembilier Nursing Center and treasurer of the Senior Citizen Center. An additional adventure and joy was managing the Walhalla Country Club for two years with Joe and some of the girls.
She is survived by her children: John (Bonnie), Danville, IL, Jolean (Neil) Pederson, Fargo, ND, Jean (Stan) Bartow, Laverne, OK, Ellen (Monte) Sipma, Minot, ND, Janice (Jim) Halvorson, Wahpeton, ND, Maureen (Don) Larrabee, Thompson, ND, Linda Conneran, Grand Forks, Carol (Mark) Egeland, Fisher, MN, Ronie (Kim), Fosston, MN; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; sisters: Pat Bodensteiner, Walhalla and Sr. Carmelita, Hankinson, ND.
Preceding her in death was her loving husband, Joe; son-in-law, John Conneran; grandson, Lucas Bartow, one sister, three brothers, and other special in-laws.

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I offer my condolences to Bernice's family. At very difficult times like this it's good to know that Almighty God is "the God of all comfort" (2Corinthians 1:3). And He promises to "swallow up death forever..and wipe away the tears from all faces" (Isaiah 25:8)

Reene Sep 14 2015 12:00 AM

Cory Beauchamp Sep 4 2015 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you all of your family, Maureen, as you deal with this difficult loss. May God give you all strength and comfort during this time. If you are a reflection of your mother, I know she must have been a wonderful, kind person. Cherish the beautiful memories and keep them close in your heart.

Deb and Dean DeMoe and family Sep 4 2015 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences to the Bodensteiner Family. I will always cherish sweet memories of your mother's smiling face. May God bless you.

Merlin Fischer & Family Sep 4 2015 12:00 AM

Bunny will be greatly missed. I remember her so well, and all the fun we had when our families would get together. There would always be a freshly baked cake or other baked good on the counter. I remember watching Bob Hope specials in their family living room, so many of us crammed in there. We loved also playing teacher with that great big desk in the basement. It looked like a judge's desk! So many fond memories. I am happy that she is now with Joe as she had to wait a long time to be together again. God bless all my Bodensteiner cousins. I will be thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. I miss and love you all! Marlys

Marlys Johansen Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time. May you find comfort in the many memories of Bunny. Her beauty as a person who loved family, her faith, and God, shined through.

Shelly Kuntz Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

I worked dining services Hearthstone where I met Bunny and her family. She was such a nice lady and huge smiles when you would talk to her. My condolences and prayers remember all the good memories.

Diane Nielsen Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

May the Good Lord welcome you home with open arms. May He also bless your family and those who loved you while you were here.

Stephen J Vogt Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful mother and my Aunt Bunny. Treasure the beautiful memories you shared. It has been a difficult year for our family too losing our sister, time does heal and they are always in our hearts. May you find peace and comfort from each other. Hugs to you all.

Barbara Welter Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

Ellen and family...sending prayers of strength and comfort during this time. You will have a years of firsts and a live time of memories to hold on too. Bunny is a beautiful angel! Linde

Linde Paige Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM

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