M. Berniece Painter, 96, of Arlington, SD passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, SD. Berniece was born May 26, 1925 in Lisbon, ND to Alfred and Esther (Anderson) Olson. She grew up on a farm in Owego Township (Sheldon area) where she attended grade school. She attended high school in Enderlin, ND. One of her highlights was singing in the high school choir. After graduating in 1943, she then attended a short teacher's program at MSTC in Moorhead, MN. She enjoyed teaching in rural schools in Ransom and Richland counties until her marriage. Berniece married Edward E. Painter on July 6, 1950. They lived and farmed near Montrose, SD for 3 years. They then moved to Berniece's home farm near Sheldon, ND. As a farm wife, she loved to bake. She also enjoyed selling Avon for 25 years. Ed passed away Nov. 1985. Berniece moved to Leonard in Oct. of 1988 and then to Arlington, SD in April of 2017. Berniece and Ed were active members of Helendale Lutheran Church of rural Leonard, ND. She taught Sunday School, Bible School, and was the church organist for over 50 years. Berniece will be remembered for her deep faith in God, love of family and love of music. She was an avid animal lover, especially of cats, always having one for a companion. Berniece was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Esther Olson; her husband Ed; her son Timothy (died in 1994); her brother Lowell Olson; and her sister Lucille Kaatz. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Darold) Hanson of Arlington, SD; 5 grandchildren: David (Louetta) Hanson of Wilmington, NC; Thomas (Mary) Hanson of Underwood, ND; Annette (Dennis) Miller of Arlington, SD; Misti (Tim) Salzwedel of Lisbon, ND; and Jessie (Wade) Muscha of Fargo, ND; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Berniece playing the organ at Helendale. I was a friend of Tim’s long ago.

  2. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

    You will be missed Berniece Painter, by so many. You were my Grandmother’s (Leona) dear friend, my Mom’s (Lois) teacher, our Sunday School Teacher, Organist, and the Mother of my best of friend, Tim (1994). I would do anything to have us all at the ice cream social, day picking flowers, singing hymns at Helendale. I kept your letters, and will always treasure you. xo, Love! Lisa Olson

  3. With My Sincere Sympathy…..
    May the Family Cherish Memories that bring you peace and comfort during this time. Love, Lisa

  4. My prayers for peace to you all in this time of loss. Berniece (or Mrs. Painter as I knew her as a child) was an ever present person in Helendale throughout my childhood. She was my Sunday school and Bible school teacher. I remember her smiling and laughing while working with the ladies in the kitchen. She was dear friend to my parents. Her legacy of faith will live on in many she touched. Every hymn I know, cherish, and sing in times of need, I know because of Berniece’s service as an organist.

  5. Berniece was an amazing and wonderful woman with a beautiful soul. Our hearts go out to all of you.

  6. Hugs and prayers for all who loved and cherished Berneice!
    She was such a lovely woman and always so pleasant to visit with.

  7. Mrs. Painter(as I remember her) was such a kind person and had a laugh that made you just want to smile, my prayers and sympathy I send to the family of Mrs. Painter.

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