Berniece Painter


M. Berniece Painter, 96, of Arlington, SD passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, SD.

Berniece was born May 26, 1925 in Lisbon, ND to Alfred and Esther (Anderson) Olson. She grew up on a farm in Owego Township (Sheldon area) where she attended grade school. She attended high school in Enderlin, ND. One of her highlights was singing in the high school choir. After graduating in 1943, she then attended a short teacher’s program at MSTC in Moorhead, MN. She enjoyed teaching in rural schools in Ransom and Richland counties until her marriage.

Berniece married Edward E. Painter on July 6, 1950. They lived and farmed near Montrose, SD for 3 years. They then moved to Berniece’s home farm near Sheldon, ND. As a farm wife, she loved to bake. She also enjoyed selling Avon for 25 years. Ed passed away Nov. 1985. Berniece moved to Leonard in Oct. of 1988 and then to Arlington, SD in April of 2017.

Berniece and Ed were active members of Helendale Lutheran Church of rural Leonard, ND. She taught Sunday School, Bible School, and was the church organist for over 50 years.

Berniece will be remembered for her deep faith in God, love of family and love of music. She was an avid animal lover, especially of cats, always having one for a companion.

Berniece was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Esther Olson; her husband Ed; her son Timothy (died in 1994); her brother Lowell Olson; and her sister Lucille Kaatz.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Darold) Hanson of Arlington, SD; 5 grandchildren: David (Louetta) Hanson of Wilmington, NC; Thomas (Mary) Hanson of Underwood, ND; Annette (Dennis) Miller of Arlington, SD; Misti (Tim) Salzwedel of Lisbon; and Jessie (Wade) Muscha of Fargo, ND; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Helendale Lutheran Church from 12:30PM - 2:00PM on Friday, April 8, 2022, with a Funeral Service beginning at 2:00PM. Burial will follow at the Helendale Lutheran Cemetery.  Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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