Bardslokken, Lillian Bernice – Passed away in her home at Empress Gardens after a short illness on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Predeceased by her husband Kris Olsen Bardslokken (1983). Bernice will be lovingly remembered by Ross and Marg Wiegand, Peterborough friends since 1961. Bernice leaves behind many nieces, nephews and extended family all across Canada and in Norway. Many came to visit when they could and always kept in touch.
Born on July 17, 1916 in Frobisher Saskatchewan, her parents were Amos and Sarah Liggett, originally from the Garden Hill area. Bernice grew up with two older brothers and a sister on their Saskatchewan Farm. After graduating high school, Bernice began her travels by moving to Ontario where she worked in Toronto. In March 1945, Bernice married her Canadian soldier who had immigrated from Norway in 1928. After WW2, they bought an acreage at Fowler’s Corners and built their home on the brow of the hill overlooking the lake. Kris was a carpenter and tended a large vegetable garden while Bernice worked as a bookkeeper first at Eaton’s (the original at George & Charlotte) and then with Investors Syndicate. She enjoyed quiet times in her extensive flower gardens. Family was very important to them both and they travelled often to Norway and to kin in Quebec, New Brunswick and across the prairies. Bernice learned to speak and write in Norwegian so she could communicate with Kris’s family. She also took up Norwegian folk art, both painting and needle work.
After Kris died, Bernice continued to maintain their home, learned how to use a computer and researched family trees. She learned to play golf and became quite a photographer. In 2002 she moved into Peterborough where she was a member and volunteer at both Activity Haven and Northminister United Church. She travelled widely and enjoyed a close relationship with both her Norwegian and Canadian families. A long life well lived.
A big thank you goes to staff at Empress Gardens Retirement Residence where Bernice made her home for 12 years. Her friends and family especially appreciate the care she received over the most recent months. Arrangements entrusted to Community Alternative Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will take place at Emily Cemetery, 4249 Highway 7, Omemee, on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations in Bernice’s name may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made at www.communityalternative.ca.