Berneice Schield Lunday passed away Tuesday night, August 1, 2017, at her home in Bismarck, ND. Her desire was to be in her own home to the end of her life, and God was merciful, surrounding her with family and loved ones who cherished her. She was strong and courageous (Joshua 1:7) living an exemplary life of joy in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Services will be held at the Bismarck Seventh Day Adventist Church with friend and Pastor Odea Sigh, Jr. officiating at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7th. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
If one text could describe her, it might be Philippians 4:8 “Whatever s true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Berneice always saw the best in others, hoped for the best, and praised God to the end of her life.
Berneice was born July 19, 1935, to Jacob and Margaretha Schield and grew up north of Dodge, ND. Her love for North Dakota and its people was deep. She began to write what she thought would be her first novel when she was about 16. Instead, she later wrote her parents true story Unblessed, a book that has truly blessed many and is still read and gives inspiration to others; she wrote and published The Schield Memories, The Lunday Memories, Sofie Sonya, the Schield Family Newsletter and the Dakota Adventist Alumni News, and many articles, stories and poems. She graduated from Sheyenne River Academy in 1952, went on to college at Union College, Lincoln, NE, worked for the Civil Service of the United States government as a stenographer/secretary, worked for the Corp of Engineers where she met and married her dear James in 1957, became the proverbial “mother earth” as her life revolved around her four daughters, Marga, Noeletta, Amy and Bernelda, but always making room to love and nurture many nephews and nieces along the way, as well as children in her Sabbath School classes at the Bismarck Seventh day Adventist Church, of which she was an active member all her life. She worked for the Conference of SDA’s as a literature evangelist and took journalism courses that furthered her writing career. She received her BS degree in Communications, Cum Laude, in May, 1987 from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. She was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Society and helped care for her own aging parents. She quietly battled Parkinsons for many years, but no one would have known it. She slalom water skied, skied barefoot, did tricks on one ski and helped others learn how to ski at her beloved Lake Isabel, where the family spent many happy days. To list all her accomplishments would require more space than we have. In her last years she was still encouraging others, praising God, blessed by being able to choose her own caregivers, loving and nurturing Massa and Marianne.
Berneice was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Margaretha (Armbrust) Schield, her daughter, Noeletta Seibold, her brothers Alexander Schield and Ferdinand Schield, sisters Alvaletta Ammon and Evelyn Darcy, brothers-in-law Herb Ammon, L.P. Darcy, Orville Larson, Dave McKeel, and Dean Armstrong.
She is survived by her husband, James E. Lunday, her daughters, Marga (Lonnie) Carlson of Bismarck, Amy (Darrell) Hinger, of Fargo, and Bernelda (Randy) Lehmann, of Bismarck, grandchildren, Arielle Seibold, Cameron Seibold and Tyler Hinger, her sisters, Ruth (Orville) Larson, Houston, TX, Evangeline (Dave) McKeel, Everett, WA and Fran (Dean) Armstrong, Beulah/Medora, ND, as well as many loving nephews and nieces, Alex,Queda, and Janice, (Schield) Virginia, Ray, Bonnie and Larry (Ammon), Bryan, Prudi, Charles, Bruce and Karen (Darcy), Terri, Laura, Laramie (Schield) Brad and Russ (Larson), Jeffrey (Schock), Jodi, Gina and Julie (Erickson).
In lieu of flowers Berneice would probably like to have memorials sent to Adra, a philanthropic care organization through the SDA church, or to the Salvation Army.