February 11, 1928 - May 2, 2021

 

A Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Bernice V. Evens (Torborg), age 93. Bernice passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be in the Parish cemetery. The Celebration of Life will be open to the public. Please wear a mask and respect social distancing, as needed. The service will also be live streamed at www.christcatholic.com.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN. Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the church gathering space.

Bernice was born February 11, 1928, in Richmond to Henry G. and Frances (Braegelmann) Torborg. Bernice was the third of eleven hard working farm children. While working at the local hardware store, Bernice met Ralph Evens, and they were united in marriage on August 29, 1951 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Richmond, MN.

Mom was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and baker. Bernice’s children and grandchildren cherished her homemade bread, rolls, and pies. Her passion for making quilts will be shown for years, knowing that all the children and grandchildren had one made for their wedding day. Above all, Bernice valued her family, faith and time with friends.

Besides being a mother of nine, she loved to volunteer in the community, including 75+ years on the Sts. Peter and Paul Choir, delivering Meals on Wheels, Richmond Park Board and Richmond River Lake Days Committee, to name only a few. Bernice also served as a clerk for the City of Richmond for many years. Some of her favorite pastimes included singing, playing cards, gardening, bus trips with friends, fishing, especially winter spearing, reading and an occasional casino trip.

She was the beloved mother of Chuck (Susie), Pat (Gerri), Mike (Mona), Tom (Jenny), Tim (Stacey), Micky (Scott) Fjellman; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Bernice is also survived by her siblings, Sister Mary Josephine Torborg, Viola Kalthoff, Herbert Torborg, Urban Torborg; in-laws, Dolores Torborg, Virginia Torborg, Kathy Evens, Fran Evens, and Beatrice (Evens) Kutter.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Ralph (1986); parents, Henry G. and Frances Torborg; children, Mary, Therese, Jim; siblings, Alice Lauer, Norbert Torborg, Alfred Torborg, Jerome Torborg, Monica Buerman, Gertrude Torborg: in-laws, Matt and Susan Evens; brothers and sisters in-law, Al Lauer, Mary Helen Torborg, Ralph Buerman, Ben Kalthoff, Emmy Torborg, Joann Torborg, Kathy Torborg, Aurelia Thomes, Edmund Thomes, Leonard Evens, Virginia Evens, Claude Evens, Julius Schmidt, Lorraine Schmidt, Herbert Evens, and Raymond Evens.

The family would like to thank the amazing and compassionate staff at Asher Haus, Assumption Campus, in Cold Spring, for our mother’s care and support.

In lieu of flowers a memorial in Bernice’s name can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul School, Richmond or Asher Haus, Cold Spring.