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Bernadine M. Thesing

Bernadine Thesing, age 79, resident of Brainerd, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany. She was born April 26, 1932, in Flensburg, Minn., to Joseph and Anna (Vnuk) Stavish and raised in Morrison County. She was joined in marriage on July 20, 1953, to James R. Thesing at Scared Heart Church in Flensburg, Minn.

Bernadine was a devoted, loving, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a hardworking partner with her husband on their family farm in Long Lake Township. She worked at Munsingwear in Little Falls before her marriage. Bernadine was a member of St. Mathias Christian Mothers and the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed crocheting, crosswords, puzzles and a spirited game of cards with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, James R. Thesing; and her parents, Joseph and Anna Stavish.

She is survived by her children, Sandra (James) Brisk, of Little Falls, Sheryl (Darrel) Cronquist, Susan (Stan) Kobiela, Brenda (David) Eschenbacher, Daryl (Gina) Thesing, all of Brainerd; grandchildren, Adam, Luke, Elizabeth (Peterson) Brisk, Chad, Craig, Cory Cronquist, Blake, Brandon, Brooks Kobiela, Aaron, Ashley (Tolle), Andrew Eschenbacher, Katelyn and Jeremy Thesing; great-grandchildren, Sydney Brisk, Logan, Ellie, Jessica, Joshua, Hailey, Carley Cronquist, Abbagale, Maddison, Brayden Andrea, Mason Kobiela, Austin Eschenbacher; siblings, Joseph (Lois) Stavish, Virginia Wippler and Jan (Bill) Langer.

Bernadine’s family wishes to thank everyone at Bethany who showed kindness to our mother.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in St. Mathias Township. Burial will be in St. Mathias Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., one hour before services at the church.

Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory in Brainerd.