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October 18, 2019

9/30/2019 7:35:00 AM
Funeral for Bernice Bigelow held Oct. 1 in Pleasant Grove

The funeral service for Bernice L. Bigelow, 92, of Rochester was held at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019) at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Pleasant Grove, with the Rev. Lance Lowrenz officiating.
Mrs. Bigelow passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in her home at Shorewood Senior Living in Rochester.
Bernice Lucille Toogood was born on Jan. 16, 1927 in Pleasant Grove Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota to Merritt and Edith (Zinke) Toogood. She grew up in rural Pleasant Grove and attended the Pleasant Grove Schoolhouse (District 140). She lived and worked on the Toogood farmstead with her parents.
Bernice was married on Oct. 18, 1951 in Fredricksburg, Iowa to Walter B. Bigelow. Following their marriage the couple farmed in rural Pleasant Grove and eventually built a new house on the Toogood farmstead, where they raised their girls. Bernice was a homemaker and farmwife and Walter was a lifelong dairy farmer. Mr. Bigelow died on Oct. 21, 1970. Bernice continued to live on their farm until moving to Shorewood in 2016. Bernice was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, watching and feeding the birds on the farm, word search and jigsaw puzzles and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by her daughters, Julie (Ed) Bailey of Mesa, Ariz. and Shirley (Loren) Walter of Rochester; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Koselke, Chris Bailey (Tricia Graumann), Heather Walter (Jeff Wellik) and Ben (Nicki) Bailey; nine great-grandchildren, Caleb, Gabriel, Skyler, Alicia, Kayla, Jadien, Julia, Gene and Jack and many nieces and nephews.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, her parents, two sisters, Dorothy Berg and Avis Lowrie and three brothers, Leon, Francis and Dean Toogood.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ on Tuesday morning. Burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.
Condolences and memories of Bernice are welcome at

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