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Barbara Marlys “Barb” Bernhardson

May 23, 1932 — February 5, 2023

Barbara Marlys (Hetland) Bernhardson of Moorhead, MN passed away peacefully on

Sunday, February 5, 2023 at the age of 90.  Barbara was born on May 23, 1932 to William and Mildred Hetland of rural Shelly, MN.  She attended Lincoln School and Climax High School graduating in 1951. After high school Barbara worked at Riverside Hospital in Crookston and the State Bank of Shelly.  She married Eddie Bernhardson on May 6 in 1955 at Bethany Lutheran Church rural Shelly.  This coming May would have marked their 68th anniversary.

Eddie and Barbara moved to Moorhead in 1962 when Eddie accepted a position with Clay County Extension.  They have resided in the same home since moving to Moorhead.  Barbara was the ultimate wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She never sought accolades but unknowingly developed a lasting legacy with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her family and the communities she was a part of always received her unconditional support.  She loved flowers, gardening and welcoming folks with food and goodies for family gatherings as those were the good times.

Barbara was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church where she was extremely active including being a Wednesday Church School lead teacher for preschoolers for many years.  Together in retirement Eddie and Barbara were actively involved with the Red River Valley Fair Board and the NDSU Harvest Bowl.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Eddie; her children, Debra (Orlyn) Austin, Westhope, ND, David (Rebecca) Bernhardson, Apple Valley, MN, Dana (Kyle) Ellingworth, Lakeville, MN, and Duane (BethAnn Nuelle) Bernhardson, Grand Forks, ND; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Eldon (Robin) Hetland and Janice Hagen; sisters-in-law, Marlene Hetland, Helen Kassenborg, Marilyn Bernhardson; brother/sister-in-law, Charles and Helen Bernhardson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mildred Hetland; brother, Wayne; daughter-in-law, Pamela; in-laws, Elvin and Florence Bernhardson; brother/sister-in laws; James Hagen, Drell and Adeline Bernhardson, Lucille and Glen Schuman, Betty and Marvin Leiseth, Lois Bernhardson, Allan Kassenborg and Wally Bernhardson.

A visitation will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 24, 2023 with a Prayer Service at 7:00 P.M.  Funeral Services will also be at Bethesda Lutheran Church at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2023 with visitation 1 hour prior.  Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are preferred to Bethesda 50 Forward.

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Friday, February 24, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Bethesda Lutheran Church - Moorhead

401 40th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Bethesda Lutheran Church - Moorhead

401 40th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560

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