Frances Bercier

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Frances A. Bercier, 91, peacefully passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Eventide Lutheran Home surrounded by family. Frances was born on March 10, 1928 in Rolla, ND to William Robert and Margaret (Martin) Schindler. She attended 12 years of schooling at Turtle Mountain Community School in Belcourt, ND. Frances was joined in marriage to Bert Bercier on August 1, 1947 in Portland, Oregon at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Frances was a homemaker and retired Dorm supervisor from the Wahpeton Indian School in Wahpeton, ND. Frances and Bert raised five children together. Frances enjoyed many things in life. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren when she wasn’t quilting, baking her much loved caramel rolls, or playing Beat the Devil (solitaire). She was a kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Blessed to have shared in Frances’ life are her three sons, Byron (Debbie) Bercier, White Bear Lake, MN; Gary (Brenda) Bercier, Chaska, MN; and Gerard (Kathy) Bercier, Jamestown, ND; her two daughters, Rennae (Rainer) Lobitz, Audubon,MN; and Tracy (Rick) Batsch, Fargo, ND; her siblings, Edward (Janice) Schindler, Minneapolis, MN; Duane (Delores) Schindler, Vancouver, WA; Wesley Schindler, Rolla, ND; and Diane Lachapelle, Bismarck, ND; and twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Frances was preceded in death by her husband Bert Bercier; her parents William and Margaret Schindler; her siblings Fred Schindler, Sr., Ernastine Jeanotte, Edna Cain, Viola Eller, Arvella Pays, Robert Schindler, and Elaine Rodland; and her grandchild Darren Bercier.

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  1. My sweet Aunty Mousie, I loved you like I loved my mom. You two were as close to twins as sisters could ever be. You were always the fun and crazy one and that’s what we all loved about you. My prayers are with my dear cousins. May God be with each of you as you mourn the loss of your mom. Love and prayers, Betty Lou

  2. Our heartfelt condolences to the families who are hurting and grieving the loss of this beautiful lady that I was blessed to call my godmother. Rest In Peace with uncle Bert and hug our dad and mom♥️

  3. My dear Frances, I enjoyed getting to know you as part of your care team. You are such a beautiful person and I will always be greatful you came into my life. You are my sunshine! My condolences to your family.

  4. Gary, Brenda and family. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to you at this difficult time. Hold your memories close and God give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Tim Debbie and family ❤️

  5. Gerard, Kathy and families, I am sorry for your loss of Frances. I remember her with a warm smile and sweet hello while living in Wahpeton. May God be with you during this time. You are in my prayers.

  6. Gary,Brenda,Jeremy,Angie,Riss,Devion,Jacob,and Alexa, I am so glad I had the privilege of meeting Francis and Bert many years back. In just the short hours with them both, I felt the love they had for each other and their family. They welcomed me so warmly. I know there are many miles between us but want you all to know that we are wishing you comfort and peace knowing Bert and Francis are once again reunited. Wish I could give you all many hugs! We love you all and so wish we could be with you during this time of grief. Please extend our deepest condolences to the rest of the family. Cindy, Rose, Carol (mom) and Lisa.

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