Bernice Ellen <I>Schaefer</I> Jensen

Bernice Ellen Schaefer Jensen

Birth
Deuel County, South Dakota, USA
Death 15 Aug 2011 (aged 83)
Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Gary, Deuel County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 88435866 · View Source
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Bernice Ellen Bindert Jensen
(November 24, 1927 - August 15, 2011)

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Bernice E. Bindert Jensen, age 83, of Gary, SD passed away on Monday, August 15, 2011 in the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011 in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gary, SD with Rev. Bruce Mueller officiating.

Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be: Darold and Mary Hunt, Roger and Charlotte Baer, Don and Janelle Denekamp, Rev. Bruce and Maita Mueller, Sally Winrow and Leona Stamp. Active pallbearers will be: Christopher Bindert, Matthew Bindert, Michael Bindert, Keith Theisen, Michael Jensen, Bryce Jensen and Tyler Haight. Music will be provided by Jeanie Pederson, organist and Randy and Joyce Meyer, vocalists.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19th in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gary and will resume Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Bernice Ellen (Schaefer) Bindert Jensen was born on November 24, 1927 to Clara and John Schaefer on the family farm west of Gary, SD. She attended area country schools and graduated from Gary High School. She worked at the Gary Blind School after graduation and later when the family moved to Pipestone, MN, she worked for M Hovik Dress Shop and did the accounting, typing and sales work.

She married Richard P. Bindert on September 20, 1949. In 1949, the family moved to Canby, MN, and Gary SD vicinities, but she and Richard stayed in Pipestone and farmed the farm. To this union four children were born: Craig, Reed, Crystal and Paula. Bernice was employed by various cafes and also for the chicken hatchery. In the late fifties they moved to Gary, SD., where they helped take care of Bernice's mother who was very ill. As a result of a car accident, her daughter Crystal and husband Richard were killed. The entire family was injured and Bernice suffered severe injuries, which took many months to heal. She knew she had to start a new career to support her family so she decided to attend South Dakota School of Cosmetology in Sioux Falls. Upon her graduation from beauty school, she owned and operated her own beauty shop in Gary.

She met and married Harry Jensen, to which three sons were born: Joel, James and Brian. She later sold her business and started to work for Deuel County and also the State of South Dakota in the elderly, needy and food nutrition programs. Her offices were in Clear Lake and Gary at the old Blind School. She then became employed for the state of Minnesota and worked in the elderly, needy and nutrition programs. She was employed until the age of 74 when she retired to Gary, SD. There she started her love of writing and wrote a monthly column for the Gary Interstate and later for the Clear Lake Courier. She wrote her articles until a few weeks ago, took care of her own home and just recently moved to the assisted living in Canby, MN. On Monday, August 15, 2011 she passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 83.

Bernice was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gary. She had a great eye for designing and decorating. She had a great love for cooking, canning and gardening. She always possessed high energy and a zest for life. She was so proud of being able to work and support her family. She so loved her family and always awaited a visit from one of them.

She leaves to mourn her children; Reed (Bonnie) Bindert, Blaine, MN, Paula (Gary) Theisen, Canby, MN, Joel Jensen, Elk River, MN, James (Lori) Jensen, Blaine, MN and Brian Jensen, Dassel, MN; daughter-in-law Pam Bindert, Greenfield, MN; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two sisters: LaVina Schmahl, Greeley, CO and Elizabeth McCormick, Hobart, WI and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John and Henry; her first husband Richard; daughter Crystal; son Craig and daughter-in-law Lynda.

Houseman Funeral Home


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  • Created by: Roger Baer
  • Added: 12 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88435866
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bernice Ellen Schaefer Jensen (24 Nov 1927–15 Aug 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88435866, citing Grandview Cemetery, Gary, Deuel County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Roger Baer (contributor 46848553) .