5-7:00 p.m. Monday, May 3 in the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Fargo.
10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4 in the Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.
7:15 p.m. Monday, May 3 in the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Fargo.
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4 in the Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.
Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Sister Bernice Ewals, 92, died April 30, 2010 at Sacred Heart Convent, Fargo, ND. Bernice Claudia Ewals was born August 26, 1918 in New Rockford, the fourth of the 12 children of Antonetta and Henry Ewals. She attended a rural school for the first five grades. After her family moved from their farm to New Rockford¸ Bernice and her brothers and sisters went to St. James Academy in New Rockford where they were taught by the Presentation Sisters.
Bernice entered the Presentation Order of Sisters in 1935 and received the name, Sister Mary Thomas. In the late 1960s, she returned to her baptismal name of Bernice. She made profession of final vows in 1941 and was blessed to celebrate her silver, golden, diamond and platinum anniversaries of profession.
S. Bernice earned a baccalaureate degree with a major English, and minors in Latin, mathematics, and history from what is now North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in administration from Marquette University. She taught at St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s grade schools in Fargo and at St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon, St. James High School in New Rockford and at Sacred Heart Academy/Shanley High School in Fargo. She was principal of the latter school from 1958 to 1963.
A woman of many talents, S. Bernice, after teaching for 38 years, became a certified medical record technician and worked for 10 years at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo. She also served as a consultant in medical records for a number of other nursing homes. She was also an administrative assistant at Shanley High School and did a brief stint selling the World Book Encyclopedia. For two years she was activities director at Riverview Place. In 1990 she retired but continued to teach ceramics classes, visit the sick and elderly, and do clerical work in the Presentation Foundation Office until poor health forced her to discontinue these various activities. From 1961 to 1963, in addition to her other ministries, she served in congregational administration.
Sister Bernice is survived by the members of her religious community, by a sister, Terry Berthiaume, St. Louis Park, MN, and a brother Merton (Helen ), Pilot Mound, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Agnes and Marguerite, and her brothers Raymond, Donald, Robert, Norbert, Edward, Herbert, and Cletus.