Bernice Famias


Bernice P. (Gefre) Famias, 84 passed away on Monday, February 21, 2022.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Church of St. Anne.  For those not attending, the service will be livestreamed on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.  Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m.  Interment will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Bernice was born in Aberdeen, SD on August 19, 1937, to John and Katherine (Daschel) Gefre.  She married James L. Famias of Aberdeen, SD in 1961 and they were married for 56 years.  Bernice was a member of St. Anne’s Church for 52 years.  Bernice worked at St. Alexius for over 30 years in the Respiratory Therapist and Nursing Schools as a secretary.

Bernice enjoyed going to her children and grandchildren’s athletic events.  She volunteered at the Seeds of Hope, Meals on Wheels, and various church functions.  Bernice got great enjoyment in taking care of her flower gardens.

Bernice is survived by her children, Lori Famias-Hager, Grand Rapids, MI, sons, David (Tracy) Famias, Bismarck, and Steve (Gail Baranko-Famias) Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren, Kenneth (Fiance’ Megan Harding) Hager, Ryan (Alayna) Hager, Travis, Ashley, and Tyler Famias and Brandon Famias.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Buzz) L. Famias, her parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert (Rosalynn) Gefre, Edward (Marilyn) Gefre, and sister and brother-in-law Marianne (Robert) Preston.

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So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was truly a beautiful person inside and out. I always admired her as she reminded me so much of my own mother. I got to know Bernice when she came to reside at Edgewood while I worked there. She was always so happy when her family came and took her to many outings. She was dearly loved by her children and that always warmed my heart to see.
Thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time.
Denise Lutz

to Bernice”s family: your mother was a gentle, gracious lady! I enjoyed short visits with her when she was with the nursing education department. What a faithful, devoted woman, who lived our mission and values with dedication and service to those who came to her for advice. she listened well…she will be missed. thank you for sharing her with us at St. Alexius. Sincerely with prayerful sympathy, Sister Susan Lardy

To the family and friends of Mrs. Famias always cherish the fond memories of time spent together and although you may grieve the Bible can be a source of comfort. At (Revelation 21:3,4) it speaks of a time when there will be no more sickness or death, also at (Acts 24:15) it speaks of a resurrection that we all can look forward to. May the peace and love of the God of all comfort be with you all. Comfort can be found in our Creator through prayer and through his word the Bible and in Jesus Christ.

Dear Dave and Famias family,
God bless you following your mom’s death. I remember her well from St. Anne’s. She was always so kind, always had a smile on her face. A pillar at St. Anne School and Church. Many prayers sent your way.
Jeanne Kilzer

My condolences. I bought the house you grew up in. A lot of the good juju about the property was our similar circumstances. You kids were blessed with lots of love!