BERNICE L. PEARSON, age 85, of Worthington, died, Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Good Samaritan Village, Sioux Falls, SD. She was born February 6, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Carl and Lavina (Grotjohn) Hansen. As a young girl she moved with her family to Worthington and attended Worthington Public School.
Bernice was united in marriage to Donald Pearson on April 12, 1947. They made their home in Worthington and was a member of St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Church in Worthington and also the ladies guild.
She volunteered at local nursing homes and at the Worthington Regional Hospital and delivered meals on wheels for many years. Bernice and Donald spent 17 winters in Mesa, Arizona during their retirement years. She enjoyed traveling, reading, cards, babysitting for her grandchildren, and enjoyed being with friends and family.
Bernice is survived by her sons, Dan (Sharon) Pearson, West Des Moines, IA; and Greg (Mary Anne) Pearson, Brandon, SD; five grandchildren, Elyce (Mason) Braun, Larry (Angela) Pearson, Laura (Sean) Gilsdorf, Tara Pearson and Brett Pearson; great grandchildren, Ashley Braun, Payton Braun, Paige Pearson, Aubree Pearson, Korbin Gilsdorf and Avianna Swift; sisters, Lyola Tonner, LeMars, IA; and Marilyn
(Jerry) Smith, Worthington; and a brother Leonard Hansen, Worthington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald in 2003, brothers Vernon and Harold Hansen.