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Dear Pete, It was a pleasure to visit your mother through our Healthcare services. She was always pleasant to us when we were there. She voiced her love for you many times during our visits and truely was proud of your accomplishments!! She was also a very unique person and her memory will live on at Willow Ridge forever. I hope that she passed on her strength to you and that you will overcome the grief that her passing brings with the memories that she has left you. Please know that you are in our thoughts. KRISTY SIMINGTON and PACH Homecare staff
From: Kristy Simington    04/24/2007 10:38 AM

Dear Pete, I regret that we've never met, but must tell you how thrilled I was to meet your mother at the Brodersen reunion in Harlan. It was quite clear that she has lived a vibrant and fun life. I am the daughter of Jack Brodersen (1916-1993) and granddaughter of Chris. Jan Pintock contacted me when she saw my mother's obituary in the Milwaukee Journal in 2002, and invited me to the reunion. I met 64 of my relatives for the first time and almost was able to keep who's who straight. I certainly had no trouble with your mom. She was delightful. She said she had tried to visit my dad in Oconomowoc, WI (where he lived his last 25 years), but my mother had not allowed her to see him. I could only apologize and tell her that Mother was often difficult and unwelcoming for who knows what reasons. My dad had many illnesses over the last 15 years of his life and it may have been a time when he was recooperating from his burst aorta, his prostate surgery, one of the heart attacks, or his kidney failure. I know he would have loved to see her. He had fond memories of growing up in the small towns of Iowa. Bernice would have been 6 years older than he and 10 years younger than his sister, my dear Aunt Agnes (96 when she died). Daddy would have loved to chat about those good old days. Perhaps now they can get together "up there" and have that vist. My husband, Lee, and I send our sympathies to you and your family and invite you to visit if travels ever bring you to the Pacific Northwest. Sincerely, Kristy Galt 2723 North 32nd Street Tacoma, WA 98407 (253) 759-5010 geetergalt@msn.com
From: KRISTY GALT    04/11/2007 01:41 PM

Pete, The comfort for you is knowing that your beautiful mother was active and vibrant right up to the last. I have loved visiting with her whenever I was in Emetsburg; she never failed to bring back happy memories of both my Mother and our growing up years! I shall miss her very much! We had wonderful laughs together! I wish I could be there to be helpful to you. I shall not give up hoping we can coordinate a visit to Emmetsburg some time soon. Love and prayers to you. Please don't lose touch!
From: Margay Blasingame Grose    04/11/2007 10:59 AM

Pete Show...so sorry unable to get to Emmetsburg today for Bernice's visitation and burial. We really enjoyed time with her in 2005 in Harlan and last year in E-burg. She was a true 'Brodersen' spirit and will be missed by all. My sincere sympathy on her passing. If you ever want to come to Harlan, please get in touch. My brother Max and I are grandchildren of Peter. A memorial is being sent to Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in memory of Bernice. Please keep in touch with us. Margy Hatcher
From: margy brodersen hatcher    04/11/2007 08:07 AM

Pete, We were so sorry to hear about your mother. I so enjoyed getting together with her, 'tho infrequently, the past few years. She was a real delight at our Brodersen-Hoogensen reunion at Harlan two summers ago. I will be sending a memorial in her name to the Emmetsburg Library --books were so very dear to her. Jan and Lloyd Pientok
From: Jan Pientok    04/10/2007 04:46 PM


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