Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Bernice Ellen Hallsten, age 101, a longtime resident of Sheyenne, ND, died peacefully on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, ND. She had recently resided at the Good Samaritan home in Larimore, ND.
Bernice was born in Vienna, South Dakota on December 13, 1918, to Ole and Synneva Ystaas. She was the 4th of 9 children. The family moved to Hillsdale Township in Eddy County, North Dakota where her parents purchased their farm. She attended a country school across the road from their farmstead.
Bernice married Erland Hallsten in 1941. She stayed at the farm with her parents until Erland, who served in World War II, returned from the war. They raised their four children in Sheyenne, ND.
The Sheyenne community cherished Bernice. As a First Lutheran Church member, she served as an LCR leader and assisted with Sunday School. She was also active in the VFW Auxiliary, Homemakers, and Card Clubs in her later years.
Bernice was the quintessential homemaker. She loved spending time with family and friends – visiting, telling stories, entertaining, playing pinocle, and, occasionally, singing a Norwegian tune. She was a genuinely gifted cook, baker, and hostess to all who entered her home. Bernice’s house was a place of congregation for all. She generously offered baked treats served with hot coffee, a slice of her delicious brown bread, or even a Kumla dinner to so many over the years.
Bernice greatly enjoyed holidays and traveling to be with her family… whether it was the 4th of July in Sheyenne, Thanksgiving & Christmas in Larimore, North Dakota with Steven’s family & Janice’s family, a trip to Layton, Utah to see Rod’s family (most memorably with sisters Millie and Donna (Walt) for the 2002 Winter Olympics), or spending time in Roseburg, Oregon with JoAnn’s family (including visits to Driftwood Shores Resort on the coast). She treasured frequent calls from her sister Donna in Anoka, Minnesota and, in her most recent years, was so fortunate to live near Steven, always feeling comforted by his presence. Bernice deeply loved – and was loved by – her family and friends. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Bernice is survived by her daughter JoAnn (Mike) and their two children, Todd (Melinda) and Traci (Randy); daughter Janice and her two children, Mark (Jeannine) and Jeffrey (Carissa); son Rodney (Sharon) and their four children, Casidy (Olanrewaju), Christa (John), Dax (Marina) and Kyle (Michelle); son Steven (Jackie) and their two children Lindsey and Lacey (Taylor); beloved sister Donna (Walter) and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Great Grandma Bernice was incredibly proud of her 22 great-grandchildren: Adriann, Grant, Alexandra, Zachary, Kessla, Madison, Sydney, John, Brynn, Ethan, Alexandria, Massimo, Julia, Synneva, Gemma, Ashton, George, Anna, Olen, Maggie, Leona, and Nella.
Preceding Bernice in death were her parents, Ole and Synneva Ystaas; husband, Erland; brothers Samuel, Elwood, and Norris Ystaas; and sisters Ida Ystaas, Gladys Berglund, Edna Ness, and Millie Portz.
A Celebration of Bernice’s life will be planned for spring 2021. A date and time will be forthcoming when it is safe for family and friends to travel and gather to celebrate Bernice.
Funeral Service Spring 2021 at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, ND.
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