Services for Bernice Harriet Shelquist

Bernice Harriet Shelquist, 95, died on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota  


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at Greenwood Lutheran Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


  Bernice was born October 4, 1925 to Melvin and Clara (Walberg) Peterson of Clearbrook. She worked at the Clearbrook Hotel when she was young. She went on to work at the Forum Cafeteria and The American Bag Company in Minneapolis.

 Bernice married Ernest Shelquist in East Grand Forks, North Dakota on June 20, 1953. They lived on their farm in the Clearbrook area until Ernest moved to live at the Good Samaritan Center and Bernice moved into town. Ernest died May 6, 1997. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Bernice moved to Monitcello in November of 2011 to be closer to her family. She went on to move to the Care Center in Monticello in July of 2020.

Bernice cherished time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well as her other family and friends. She loved animals, especially cats and a pet squirrel she and Ernest raised.


She is survived by her children, John (Linda) Peterson of Monticello, Larry Kihlstadius of Becida, and Shelly (Lyle) Stenberg of Monticello; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; her siblings, Charles (Rita) Neslund, Janet Bakke, Susan (Bob) Eck; and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Shelquist; her brothers, Curtis Peterson and Rodney Neslund; and her parents.


Messages of condolence may be sent to




Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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