Bernice Knudsvig

Aug. 25, 1924-Sept. 15, 2021

Bernice Knudsvig’s fun-

eral service will be cele-

brated on Tuesday, Sep-

tember 21, 2021 at 11:00

AM at United Lutheran

Church in Zahl, ND. Rev.

Joshua Parris will officiate

and interment will follow

in the Rudser Cemetery

North of Zahl, ND.

Friends may call at the

Everson Coughlin Funeral

Home on Monday, Sep-

tember 20, 2021 from

noon until 5:00 PM and at

the church on Tuesday for

the hour preceding the

funeral. A family service,

open to the public, will be

held at Everson-Coughlin

Funeral Home on Monday

evening at 5:00 PM, Sep-

tember 20.

On August 25, 1924,

Bernice A. (Emanuel)

Knudsvig, with a little

kick from her twin,

Beatrice, was born to Her-

man and Freda (Hogen-

son) Emanuel in Berthold,

North Dakota.

As a young child, the

family moved to Crosby,

North Dakota when her

father accepted the post-

master position. She at-

tended school in Crosby

and graduated a maroon

with the class of 1942.

She grew up in a loving

and strict home where she

learned to respect her eld-

ers and always put others

first. She had 5 other si-

blings and as adults mar-

ried and moved out of the

area, she always looked

forward to their visits and

held them close in her

heart when she couldn’t.

How this all happened

only Murell and Bernice

know, but there was this

not too bad looking Smo-

key Butte guy that caught

her eye and on February

18, 1945, they became

husband and wife. From

the city life of Crosby, she

and her husband made

their way to what would

be their one and only

move and home. The


Her upbringing would

serve her well, she was a

tireless worker. You

could get tired just being

around her. Bernice en-

joyed being useful and

was your biggest cheer-

leader, believing in you

and encouraging your


Her faith and hope in

God were her strong hold.

Enjoying the fellowship

with the other women

through Bible study, La-

dies Aid and working side

by side with her women

of faith. We will miss this

remarkable lady.

She was very talented

and many people enjoyed

her talent at baking bread

and other goodies. Her

bread would appear at

showers, weddings, fun-

erals or coffee hour after

church on Sundays. Her

grandchildren got to get

their fingers in the dough

and make their own crea-

tions. Each grandchild

and great-grandchild has

their own special

memories of grandma.

She was patient, kind,

accepting and forgiving.

She knew the art of letting

others be themselves and

gave in so life could run

its course and she stayed


She enjoyed watching

the Chicago Bulls when

Michael Jordan played, a

good cup of coffee, a good

laugh and nurturing her

plants. Her peonies

blooming in the summer

were awe inspiring. And

after a visit to the farm

you would look to your

left and see mom and dad

in the picture window

waving goodbye. Or mom

running outside waving to

come back because you

forgot something. And if

you looked on the seat

there probably was a loaf

of bread sitting beside


She stayed true to her

course, and on September

15, 2021, Bernice passed

peacefully into eternal life

surrounded by the love of

her family near and far.

Blessed be the memory of


Delighted to greet her

are, parents, Herman and

Freda; brothers, Roger and

Willard; sisters, Rosalie,

Dorothy, and twin

Beatrice; and husband,


Blessed to have called

her mom, grandma, and

great-grandma; Gary (Lin-

da), Larry (Glennis), Gene

(Roxi), LaRene, Donna,

Darlene (Larry), Pat (Don)

and Pam; 16 grandchil-

dren; and 35


Friends may visit www.

eversoncoughlin.com to

share remembrances of

Bernice or leave con-

dolences for her family.