Bernice Helen Larson

The Rite of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot for Bernice Helen Larson, 91, Minot, formerly of Makoti, who died Thursday, April 27, 2017, in a Minot hospital after a five-month courageous battle with esophagus cancer.

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Burial will be at St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti.

Bernice Giesen was born on December 15, 1925 to John and Elizabeth (Bruder) Giesen on a farm between Plaza and Makoti. She attended grade school in Wabek. She worked for her room and board while attending high school and graduated from Makoti High School in 1943. She married the neighbor boy and her best friend, Clarence Larson, on June 20,1944, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Plaza. The newlyweds set up house, with no electricity or running water, on a rented farm near Wabek. They purchased a farm near Makoti and they continued to live near the place of their births. Clarence died on August 31, 1988 and she later moved to Minot. Her hands were never idle; she enjoyed all forms of stitchery, especially embroidering dishtowels. She never missed sending cards and decorating for each holiday, and she made quilts for all her children and grandchildren. She was smart, hardworking and true to her Catholic faith; as well as very independent. We were blessed to have her as our mother. Her greatest joy was her family.

Bernice is survived by her seven children: Diane Putnam, Bismarck, Elaine Larson, Minot, Jane Rockwell, Arroyo Grande, Calif., Carlene Nelson (Kevin), Minot, Lynnette Frank, Neche, Bonita Erickson (Dean), Langdon, Duane Larson (Darla), Albuquerque, NM; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Verena Liebel, Watford City, Lale Longenbaugh, Fort Collins, CO; sisters-in-law, Madeline Giesen, Stanley, Arlene Giesen, Mandan and Kathy Larson, West Fargo; and many nieces and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by: her parents and husband; sisters Loretta and Angeline; brothers, Anthony, Eugene and George; and grandson, Travis.

She will be missed by her family and friends.

Langhans Funeral Home of Parshall was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to