Bernadine Ehrhardt, 94, from Stanley, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in a Velva nursing home.
Bernadine Ehrhardt was born in Bottineau on May 5, 1920, to Charles and Jessie (Kelly) Steinmeier. She grew up in Bottineau, graduated from Bottineau High School and then attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks where she earned a degree in home economics education.
After graduation, with World War II raging, she moved to Los Angeles and was employed by the Lockheed Corporation where airplanes were manufactured. Following the war Bernadine returned to North Dakota, and began her teaching career, first in Jamestown and then in Crosby. While in Crosby she met Clifford Ehrhardt. The two were married on Dec. 29, 1950, and made their lifelong home in Stanley. Clifford died in September 2000, just a few months before the couple would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Bernadine had a busy life, raising a family and volunteering in the community until 1968 when she renewed her teaching certificate and went back into the classroom. She taught a sixth- through eighth-grade combination class in Ross until the school was closed, then began teaching junior high English in Stanley. She loved her job right up until she retired in 1984.
Bernadine's most precious activities revolved around her family. She loved spending time at the family cabin on Lake Metigoshe and was always willing to take on anyone brave enough to play pinochle with her. She was a fierce competitor and played to win!
Bernadine also loved sports of all kinds and was an extremely loyal fan of the Stanley Blue Jays and the Minnesota Vikings. Yet, one of her biggest joys was watching her grandchildren excel at sports. She kept an eagle eye on the Velva Aggies, Bismarck High School Demons and the Bismarck Century Patriots teams.
Some of Bernadine's other activities included playing cards (especially bridge) and reading. She read one or two books a week until arthritis prevented her from holding a book. Bernadine was a 50-year member of the Presbyterian Church in Stanley and served as an elder, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher and was active in women's activities. When the Presbyterian Church closed she began attending the American Lutheran Church in Stanley.
Bernadine is survived by: her children, Gail (Sanford) Slinde, of Velva, Charles (Joan) Ehrhardt and Fred (Nadine) Ehrhardt, all of Bismarck. Her special grandchildren include: Jessie (Justin) Binstock, of Dickinson, Jared (Mandy) Slinde, of Denver, Nicholas Ehrhardt and Thomas Ehrhardt, of Bismarck, Chad Ehrhardt, of Bismarck, Shannon Ehrhardt, of southern California, and Brett Ehrhardt, of Minneapolis. She was also blessed with three beautiful great-granddaughters: Ella and Abby Binstock and Brynley Slinde.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Clifford, and brother, Lyle Steinmeier.
Memorials are preferred: to the Stanley Library and the Great Plains Food Bank.
Funeral services will be held: Monday, June 9, at 2 p.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Stanley.
Burial: will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Stanley.
Visitation is Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., and Monday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Springan Funeral Home in Stanley.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).