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“Howard, Gary, Ann, RodneyWe are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.Wayne ProchniakPamela Newsome-Prochniak ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Wayne Prochniak - Edina, MN

“We are sorry to here of your mother's passing away. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Rita was @ Church in Nassau, MN & Fr. Bob Goblirsch asked to...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Rita (Ahlers) Theisen - Canby, MN

Bernice Watkins, the daughter of Michael and Katherine (Ahlers) Steffes, was born September 20, 1925 at Sleepy Eye, MN. Her family moved to Arthur, N.D. where she grew up on the farm and attended and graduated from Arthur High School. She then went on to Dakota Business School for 2 years.


Bernice was united in marriage to John H. Watkins June 24th 1947 at Wing, N.D. They made their home Regan, N.D. then later moved to Bismarck, N.D. in 1956. Bernice worked at the State auditor’s department in Bismarck until moving to Fargo, N.D. in 1971. She was employed at NDSU at the School of Independent Study until she retired. She moved to Northridge Care Center April of 2008 to be closer to family.


Bernice was a member of Catholic Daughter and a member of the Legion of Mary. She enjoyed gardening, (mostly flowers), crocheting, embroidering, sewing, baking and above all loved being with her family.


Bernice died with her family at her side Tuesday evening October 12, 2010. She will be missed by all her loving family and friends.


Bernice is survived by, her children, Howard ( Joanne) Watkins of Baldwin, N.D, Gary ( Sharon) Watkins of Ortonville, MN, Ann Watkins of Superior, WI, Rodney (Cilla) Watkins of Salmon Arm, B.C; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Loraine (Elmer) Quinlan , Alice (Frank) Gentzkow; brothers, Leo Steffes, and Clarence (Marjo) Steffes.


Bernice is preceded in death by, her parents; husband, John; sisters, Florence Schmidt and Irene Prochniak.

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