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Esther Bernardy

July 07, 1917 - May 05, 2019

Funeral Service - Thursday

May 09, 2019
- 10:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior.

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Esther Bernardy

July 07, 1917 - May 05, 2019


Esther Carlson Bernardy, 101, died Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo where she received the best care she could have possibly had.

Esther was born on a farm in Osgood, ND to Sten and Hulda (Sandin) Carlson on July 7, 1917. She was one of eight children. She loved living on the farm and said it was fun to feed the small chicks with her mother and herd cows. After school, she worked for Oscar Furnberg for a while, and then moved to Fargo and worked at Knerrs Ice Cream Store. There she met her husband Otto (Budd) Bernardy. They raised five children and later lived on Pelican Lake, MN in the summers.

She loved growing flowers and vegetables, and mostly chives for her baked potatoes.

Esther was a homemaker, and the Bernardy house was kind of a hub for all the neighborhood kids. Everyone sort of hung out there, maybe because after school she always had chocolate chip cookies waiting for them.

She is survived by her daughters, Renee (Harold Krueger) Buckman, Moorhead, MN; and Rita (John) Kamp, Mount Dora, FL; sisters, Eva Snuff, Merced, CA; Evelyn Smith, Sheffield Lake, OH; Ellen Simon, Seattle, WA; daughter-in-law, Margo Bernardy; grandchildren, Traci (Shane) Kroshus, Tara (Erick) Handegard, Justin (Mandy) Bernardy, Jennifer (Andy) Syverson, Kate (Ray) Kamp, Jared Bernardy, Kristin (Dan) Kamp; and step-granddaughter, Melissa (Chris) Johnsen; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto (Budd); her sons, Rodger, Ric, and Randy; son-in-law, Dennis Buckman; her parents; brothers, Alvin, Art and Helmer Carlson; and sister, Edith Olson.

There will be a memorial service at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.


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6 responses to “Esther Bernardy”

  1. Vickie hoss says:

    I’m so sorry to see this. I loved Mrs. Bernardy! I remember the chocolate chip cookies and she always had a smile for all of us neighbor kids!
    Vickie Morrow Hoss

  2. Kathy (0wens) Velde says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Ester was truly the neighborhood mom. May God welcome her with open arms, as she did with us.

  3. james klein says:

    I so remember her getting agree and yelling Ricky, Randy, Rita, Roger, Renee, oh damn it Otto. I loved her. She was my second mom for many years.

  4. Joanne Yeager Miller says:

    So sorry to hear this, she was always bright and cheery when I did get to visit them at the lake. What a wonderful life.

  5. Vicki George says:

    Esther was a great gal, loved by everyone of all ages! A second mom to many in Fargo and at the lake!
    Esther will always have a special place in our hearts💕
    Bruce & Vicki George

  6. Stephanie Hanna says:

    Blessings and comfort to the family of wonderful Esther Bernardy. I’m thankful to have known her and she was a true example of strength and resilience. May memories of a long life well-lived sustain and bring joy to her loved ones.

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