Born: May 13, 1938
Died: March 25, 2012
Funeral Service for Florine Carol Bernard, 73, of Sisseton, SD will be Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Tribal Community Center, Agency Village, SD with Rev. Charles Chan, Pastor Milton “Nippy” Owen and Rev. Mike Owen officiating. Organist will be Billy Kohl, with special music buy the Big Coulee Choir and Butch Felix and the Drum Group will be the Bernard Boys. Pallbearers will be Heath Keoke, Cole Bernard, David Bernard, Sampson Bernard, Aaron Dumarce, Dean Iyarpeya, Brenden Bernard, Derrick Locke, Alex Marks, Josh Keeble, and Colby Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be “all of Florine’s Family and Friends”. Interment will be in the Bernard Family Cemetery, Grenville, SD. There will be a all night wake on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 starting at 7 PM at the Tribal Community Center, Agency Village, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD is in charge of arrangements.
Florine Carol Owen was born on May 13, 1938 in Sisseton, SD to Pierce and Laura (Welch) Owen. Florine grew up and attended grade school at Agency Township Schools and high school in Flandreau, SD. She attended Business School in Watertown, SD. After her education she married Maynard Bernard on June 13, 1958 in Webster, SD. Maynard was in the service and Florine traveled with her husband and raised the family. The family lived in Spokane, WA, Pine Ridge, SD and Fargo, ND after Maynard retired from the service and worked for the BIA. In 1973 the couple moved to Pickeral Lake and later moved to Sisseton and they cared for foster children and Florine worked for the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Oyate Housing Department, Early Childhood Intervention Program and the BIA until 2003 when she retired. Florine liked to sew blankets for her grandchildren, play Bingo, and bake. She was an honorary mother for her daughter’s softball team, and enjoyed attending her grand children’s sporting events. She was also a Minnesota Twins fan. She passed away on March 25, 2012 in Fargo, ND.
Florine is survived by her husband Maynard Bernard of Sisseton, SD, six children, Pam Keoke of Sisseton, SD, Sandy Bernard of Sisseton, SD, Lennie Bernard Peters of Grenville, SD, Lori Sampson of Mahnomen, MN, Jackie Adams of Sisseton, SD, Tina Redday of Sisseton, SD, three brothers, Pete Owen of St. Cloud, MN, Garry Owen of Agency Village, SD, Milton “Nippy” Owen of Sisseton, SD, twenty six grandchildren, thirty three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Audrey Bernard, one grandson Marquette Crawford, one great granddaughter Tavon Bernard, three brothers Charles Owen, Allen Owen, Dennis Owen, and three sisters, Nettie Mosseaux, Annabelle Owen, and Gail Owen.