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Bernardine Rancone Obituary
(Nee Halloran) Oct. 28, 1930 ~ Feb. 24, 2012 Began her life's journey in Olivia, MN and ended peacefully in her home in Lilydale. She'll be warmly welcomed by her parents, Michael & Veronica; brother, Bill; in-laws, Dick Cunningham, Art Baumeister, Bessie Halloran; infant daughter, Mary. She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Gene; her 4 boys, Mark (Jeanne), Mike, Greg, & John; grandchildren, Nick (Chenny), Frank (Julia), Natalie, Mia (Hassan), Tony, Gino, Angela, Natasha, Alisha; great-grandsons, Oliver & Miles; brothers, Bob & Tom (Elverne); sisters, Arlene (Jim) Murphy & Karol Baumeister; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Cunningham & Iris Halloran; also the loving Murphy, Halloran, Baumeister, Cunningham nieces & nephews & her extended Hillemeier, O'Halloran & Palumbo relatives, all such a big part of her life. Bernie was the ultimate caregiver, as a mother, grandmother, aunt & great friend, through her life's vocation as a nurse. A graduate of St. Catherine's Nursing school, she served at St. Joseph's Hospital and at Macalester College's Winston Health Service. She continued her service as a volunteer at St. Joes, the St. Catherine's Nurses Alumni Assoc., The Home of the Good Shepherd and the Guild of Catholic Women. Heartfelt thanks to those who returned Bernie's gift of care giving as she progressed through Alzheimers. Dr. April Abrahamson's compassionate and comforting approach is a model for her profession. Ann Lethert Smith especially exhibited the sensitivity unique to end of life caregivers, along with Kate Scanlan. Finally to the HealthEast Hospice crew who enabled Bernie to remain in the familiar surroundings of her home to the end. A Celebration of her life will be held at 10 AM Saturday, March 3, with a visitation from 8:30-10AM all at the Church of the Assumption, 51 West 7th St. St. Paul. Interment will be private. Memorials preferred to the Church of the Assumption, St. Catherine's University or donor's choice. 651-455-2035


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Published in Pioneer Press from Feb. 26 to Feb. 29, 2012
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