Bernice Boelter, age 95, of Cambridge and formerly of Isanti, died January 27, 2015 at Cambridge Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 31st at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Clifton Hanson officiating. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials preferred to Faith Lutheran Church and Habitat for Humanity.
Bernice Georgina (Carlson) Strike-Boelter.
Bernice Carlson was born April 16, 1919, on a farm near Dalbo, MN. Parents were (Carl) George Carlson and Bertha Margaret (Danielson) Carlson. She attended the rural school at Dalbo (Lincoln school distr. 40). She attended Sunday school and church at Salem Lutheran Church, also in Dalbo, where she was baptized, confirmed and married.
She graduated from Cambridge High School in June of 1937. She stayed at home helping her parents on the farm for two years, and then worked in Minneapolis for about three years.
On April 4, 1942, she married George Strike, and they made their home in rural Isanti, where they raised their four sons – Ronald, Wendell, Norman and David. They were actively engaged in dairy farming until George’s death in 1988. The family attended Faith Lutheran Church and Bernice continued her membership there all her life. She taught Sunday school for 50 years, except for a few years when her children were born.
She was also a 4H leader, a member of the Cambridge Hospital Auxiliary, Isanti PTA, Isanti County Dairy Herd Improvement Ass’n (DHIA), The Refuge, Faith Lutheran Quilting group and Lois Circle. (She made about 200 quilts).
She loved to bake pies and homemade bread. She was a busy seamstress and made most of her children’s and her own clothing. She raised a large garden and canned thousands of quarts of produce. Her hobbies were African Violets, writing poetry, babysitting grandchildren, and taking care of elderly parents. She also liked to entertain for Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, etc.
One of the highlights of her life was her trip to Sweden in 1972, where she visited her mother’s birthplace, and met many of her relatives.
She passed peacefully on January 27, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Sivert Carlson (a WWII casualty) and Russell Carlson, and two husbands – George Strike in 1988 and Warren Boelter in 2002.
She is survived by her fours sons and their wives.
Ronald (Karen) Strike of Round Lake, MN
Wendell (Linda) Strike of Marietta, CA
Norman (Karen) Strike of Isanti, MN
David (Debra) Strike of St. Paul, MN
She is additionally survived by one brother, Melvin Carlson, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.