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Bernice Elsena Koster

October 21, 1929 June 21, 2017
Bernice Elsena Koster
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Obituary for Bernice Elsena Koster

Bernice Elsena (Larsen) Koster, age 87, formerly of Round Lake, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017. She was born October 21, 1929 at Ringsted, IA to parents Henry and Marie (Bonnicksen) Larsen. At the age of six she and her family moved to Swea City, IA. She started first grade there and graduated from high school in 1947. She attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA for two years, earning her teaching certificate. She furthered her education at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She taught elementary education for five years at Swea City and Lake Park, IA.
Bernice married John Koster, Jr. on June 26, 1954, when he came home after spending two years in the military. They started farming and continued to live on their farm for 60 years until moving to Golden Horizons in April 2014. She became a resident of Crossroads Care Center two months ago.
Bernice helped on the farm and they raised their three daughters there. Bernice did a lot of sewing for her girls and herself. She was a good cook and baker and canned many fruits and vegetables. She also helped John with his township assessor work and his American Legion adjutant and membership tasks.
Bernice was a substitute teacher for many years in the Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster school district. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and its WELCA group, holding several offices. She helped with the church’s Christmas programs. She was a long-time member of her local Good Neighbor Club.
Those grateful for sharing her life include her children – Mari and Bill Stirler of Altoona, IA, Shirley and Dan King of Round Lake, and Allison Koster of Worthington. Grandchildren Darren and Addie King of Brewster, MN, Justin and Jennifer King of Richland, MI, Karlyn and Dan Pierson of Rochester, MN, Hillory and Aaron Jaco of Altoona. Two great-grandchildren Trevor and Sophie King of Brewster and three foster great-grandchildren. Also, her brother, Harvey Larsen, Swea City. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2015, parents, brother, Emly Larsen, and sister, Erma Roba.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN. Memorial services will be at Grace Lutheran Church, rural Worthington, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Burial of cremains will be in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.

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Visitation

Monday

26

Jun

5:00 PM 6/26/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/26/2017 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Tuesday

27

Jun

11:00 AM 6/27/2017 11:00:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church

78396 340th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

Grace Lutheran Church
78396 340th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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