Bernice Lannon, age 84 of Alexandria, died on Wednesday May 11, 2011 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria with her family at her side. Funeral services are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday May 14, 2011 at the Church of St. Mary in Alexandria with Fr. Steve Binfeld officiating. Visitation is at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Pallbearers are: Tim Lannon. Patrick Lannon, Stephen Lannon, Ryan Reuter, Alec Larson, Matthew Hartung, and John Hartung. Interment is in Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery in Battle Lake. Online condolences at www.belmontfuneral.com
Bernice Mary Miller was born on May 5, 1927 in New Leipzig, N.D., the daughter of Joseph and Susan (Phillips) Miller. Her family moved to Grand Forks, N.D. and she graduated from high school there. She was married to John Lannon on Aug. 24, 1948 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Grand Forks. The couple continued to reside there for a few years. John's career caused them to change locations several times throughout their lives and they lived in Las Vegas, Nev., Cadillac, Mich., Montevideo, Fargo, N.D., Morris, Underwood, and Henning. They moved to Alexandria, in 1999. John died in 2001. Bernice spent the rest of her life in Alexandria. She took joy in being a homemaker and raising her seven children. She loved to bake and many looked forward to her special caramel rolls. She was an avid reader and a sharp bridge player. She enjoyed her exercise group at Curves as well as her water exercises and her coffee outings with friends. Bernice will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor. She loved to have fun, especially with her special lifelong friend and sister-in-law, Gloria. Her best times were those spent surrounded by family. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy and she loved them dearly. She was loved by many and will be missed greatly. We miss her already.
Bernice is survived by her children: Tim (Bev) Lannon, Henning, Kathy (Paul) Larson, Henning, Eileen (Byron) Hartung, Bertha, Patrick Lannon, Fargo, Mary (Robert) Hunsaker, Beavercreek, Ohio, Stephen (Barb) Lannon, Rochester, and Colleen (Mike) Savageau, Alexandria; 14 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brothers: Frank (Phyllis) Miller, Grand Forks, Bernard (Gerri) Miller, East Grand Forks, and Jimmy Miller, Mayville, N.D.; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Miller and Gloria Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband: John; her parents; brothers: Leonard, Don, and Bill; and sisters: Margaret Baumgartner and Irene Trudel.