Bernice Helen Seehus

May 27, 1929August 11, 2018
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Bernice "Be" Helen Seehus

Bernice "Be" Helen Seehus, 89, of Duluth went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, August 11, 2018, with family by her side in her home.

She was born on May 27, 1929 to Oge and Hedvig Nelson in Duluth. She grew up on the Nelson family farm in Randall, MN and during the Depression years she and her family moved many times around the country as her dad got work. Consequently, she always wanted a permanent home and didn't want to move.

Bernice married the love of her Life, Kenneth Carl Seehus, on July 29, 1950 and together they raised a family in their West Duluth home, where Kenneth still lives. She was a Christian and she loved the Lord, her family, her home and her church. She also loved it that every member of her family, from kids to great grandkids, lived within a 5-mile radius.

Bernice was a home maker and also worked part time for many years as a secretary for various Duluth business and churches, but she was always home when the kids came home from school. All her life she was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, formerly Bethany Methodist Church. She loved singing in the choir and was a tireless helper with any church function. She was also the inspiration behind starting the pastie fundraiser work that began over twenty years ago.

She was a devoted mother to her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, also extending herself to their friends and other neighborhood children that she felt needed extra love, and she unfailingly remembered them all with birthday cards. Bernice was kind, gracious and selfless and the words you could hear her say most often were, "What can I do for you?" She believed that if she couldn't say anything nice, she wouldn't say anything at all. If you told her a secret, she's kept it still.

Bernice was preceded in death by her great-grandsons, Tristan and Brenden; and brother, Bob Nelson.

Bernice will be dearly missed by her husband of 68 years, Kenneth Seehus; sons, Keith (Carolyn), Don (Carol Blanton), David (Penny), and Andy (Jane); daughter, Leanne Stauduhar; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 1:00 until the 2:00 p.m. Funeral Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6822 Grand Ave., Duluth. Interment will be in Oneota Cemetery. Please leave a memory of Bernice or words of support for the family at


  • Kenneth Seehus, Husband
  • Keith (Carolyn) Seehus, Son
  • Don (Carol Blanton) Seehus, Son
  • David (Penny) Seehus, Son
  • Andy (Jane) Seehus, Son
  • Leanne Stauduhar, Daughter
  • Bernice is also survived by her ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Adam Lawrey, Active Pallbearer
  • Kristopher Seehus, Active Pallbearer
  • Carey Seehus, Active Pallbearer
  • Todd Seehus, Active Pallbearer
  • Greg Privette, Active Pallbearer
  • David Seehus, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Peter Stauduhar, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bernice Helen Seehus

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Jerry Adolphson

August 20, 2018

My memories of Bernice and Kenny are as young child growing up next to them. My Mom (Kathy) rented from them for years. They didn’t treat her like she was a renter. They treated her and us like we were family. I recall going over to their house always where I would hang out with Kenny. He taught me how to count by using the sidewalk squares, I remember the day he placed the “old rock”. He would bring me to the store with him and sing row row row your boat. Bernice always had treats, and love. Loved their dogs always golden retrievers if I’m remembering correctly. I knew she loved our family. She was such a caring and loving lady. She was like a Grandma to us. Sad to hear of her passing. My Mom just passed away on Good Friday this year. I know she and Bernice are already visiting in Heaven.

Janet Kunz (Allan)

August 19, 2018

Dear Mr.Seehus and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up at 204 N.61st and remember your family very well. My parents always spoke highly of the Seehus family.
My mother (Fern) is 100 years old and after a stroke in May she is now a resident of North Shore Estates. The former Lake Haven by the zoo.
My deepest sympathy to you and family. I will whisper her name in my prayers. May God bless you and keep you in his care. Janet (Allan) Kunz

Tom and Arlene Johnson

August 14, 2018

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Seehus. I grew up at Bethany Methodist Church and we were members of the congregation in our early married years.

Brian Ensign

August 14, 2018

Want to say how sorry the Ensign family is for your great loss. I have fond memories of camping with the family. God bless.

Tom Wheeler

August 14, 2018

Truly a lovely woman - she will be missed

Paul Talarico

August 14, 2018

Bernice was an amazing woman. Her patience for all of us neighborhood kids was inspiring. We always felt welcome in their home, whether to wake up a sleeping Andy, convene for a ride to school, or steal a snack before we took off to fish all day. Missing you, Bernice, and confident that Heaven has welcomed you home. Love to all the Seehus family.

Ann Berryhill Arn

August 13, 2018

Dear Seehus family,

I am so sorry to learn of Bernice's passing, but know she will fully enjoy heaven! She was such a sweet presence at Bethany Methodist...may God comfort you!


Ann Berryhill Arn,
Los Angeles

Paul Sellon

August 13, 2018

In my heart, Bernice will always be my second mom. I spent most of my elementary through high school years playing, eating, & sleeping at their house. So often, that she gave me (Cabbage Patch Kid) adoption papers one year for Christmas. I held onto them for years. I remember she would make the best cookies and bars to fill the jar by the stove. I have many memories of her and cherish them all. I love the Seehus family like my own and my heart goes out to you all.

Carl Seehus

August 13, 2018

We will never forget the love and compassion that Auntie Bernice shared with us. God bless and keep her family comforted by her memories!
Carl , Sandy, Corey & Chad