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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Helen Bernard

Helen Agnes Bernard (Christopher)

Saturday, February 20th, 1932 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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Helen Agnes Christopher Bernard, 86, Vermillion, passed away December 29, 2018. Born February 20, 1932, to John and Agnes Christopher, Helen was raised and educated in Irene, South Dakota.
On December 27, 1950, Helen married Jerry Bernard in Mayfield, SD, at St. Columbia Catholic Church. Jerry and their son, Philip, preceded her in death.

Helen was deeply committed to her Catholic faith, and the love of her faith continues to be an example for her family. Her always warm and welcoming smile will never be forgotten.

Helen especially enjoyed having all of her family home for holidays. She always served plenty of food and baked treats. During the holidays, she would make oodles of homemade candies and cookies that she would share with family and friends. Helen loved playing cards and games with her children and grandchildren. She spent many years in the summer and fall canning vegetables, making jellies and jams, and making her often requested barbeque sauce.

After having been a homemaker for many years, Helen served as a cook at St. Agnes School, where all of her children attended. She then worked in the food service department at the University of South Dakota for 25 years.

Helen is survived by nine of her children, Chris (Donna) Bernard, Jefferson, SD, and their children Jill Kamradt, Dakota Dunes, SD, and Sara (Jason) Moret, Sioux Falls, SD, and grandchildren Kenadi and Kolton Kamradt and Isabella, KeShawn, and Devin Moret; Jim (Brenda) Bernard and their daughter Leah, Sioux Falls, SD; Ann (Kelly) Ryan, Waukee, IA, and their children Neal (Mickey) Ryan, Waukee, IA, and Gina (Joe) Smith, Des Moines, IA and grandchildren Gabriella Ryan and Amelia Ryan; Terry Bernard, Vermillion, SD, and his children Carly (Donald) O’Connor, Burbank, SD, and Jaime (Michael) Drees, Sioux Falls, SD, and grandchildren Haley and Kinze O’Connor and Payton, Joseph, and Wyatt Drees; Deb Bernard, Bellevue, NE, and her daughter Amy (Joel) Woods, Bellevue, NE, and grandchildren Colin, Anna, and Madeline; Richard Bernard, Yankton, SD, and his son Branden Bernard, Box Elder, SD; Karen Heege, Sioux Falls, SD, and her daughter Margaret, Sioux Falls, SD; Mary (Bob) Woods, Lincoln, NE, and their children Melisa Zingler, Lincoln, NE, Megan (Andrew) Brown (Topeka, KS), Maria Woods (Lincoln, NE) and grandson Matthew; David (Joan) Bernard, Dayton, MN, and their children Christopher Bernard, Minneapolis, MN, and Cecilia Bernard, Des Moines, IA.

Helen is survived by two sisters, Pat Lyle, Beresford, SD, and Margaret Manning, Vermillion, SD.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 3, at St. Agnes Catholic Church from 5:00-7:00 with the rosary following at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, SD, on Friday, January 4, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Agnes Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion, SD.

Memorials can be sent to Ann Ryan, 873 SE Williams Ct., Waukee, IA, 50263.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    416 Walker St.
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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    A rosary will begin at 7:00pm followed by a scripture service.
  • Service

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 4th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    416 Walker St.
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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    Fr. John Fischer
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    VERMILLION, SD 57069
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Kay (Bierle) Hansen

Posted at 10:34pm
Bernard family,
Sending my deepest sympathy to each of you. I will remember Helen as the woman who shared a hug and smile with me each time I saw her. May she rest peacefully in Gods arms with Jerry and Phil. My thoughts and prayers.

Mary Vils

Posted at 10:59pm
Thinking of you all and your wonderful mother. May you find peace in Gods promise for eternal life and comfort from those that love you. Take care
Mary (Huber) Vils

Darla Tassler

Posted at 04:58pm
Condolences to Helen's family. My husband and I worked with Helen at USD Food Service while attending college. We remember Helen well and talked with her at church. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Doug and Darla Tassler

Karen (Kaltsuls) Kjar

Posted at 02:37pm
As I heard of your loss, I was reminded how difficult it is to lose a parent. What a blessing our mothers are in our lives - they are our guardian angels, teachers, and best friends. I have fond memories of your mother from when I lived in Vermillion and know she held a special place in your hearts. I hope you find peace in memories of her and comfort in family and friends.

Posted at 09:46am
Our thoughts are with your entire family during this time of loss. A mother is like no other and in her physical absence may you find peace in the grace and love she gave. "Life has to end she said. Love doesn't." -Mitch Albom

The Big Lake Public Schools administrative team


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