Bernice M. Green was born on June 2, 1915 in Princeton Township, Mille Lacs County, daughter of O. W. and Ellen (Erickson) Green. She grew up on the family farm and attended the Berry School (country school). She worked as a housekeeper. She was united in marriage with Normal George Backlund on November 7, 1942, near White Rock. She worked at the Super Valu store from 1955 to 1960.
She and her husband moved to her family’s farm in 1961 and made their home there until July of 1998. She worked in the Princeton school system as a cook from 1960 until retiring in 1989. They moved into the Princeton Apartments in 1998. Her husband, Norm, died on August 28, 2000. She moved into the Elim Care & Rehab Center in 2007.
Bernice enjoyed fishing, camping, sewing and gardening. She and Norm were members of the Rum River Ramblers. She especially enjoyed having coffee with her grandkids. Bernice was the oldest living member of Trinity Lutheran Church and had served in many capacities at the church.
Bernice is survived by her children Norval (Jan) Backlund of Princeton, Robert (Corki) Backlund of Glastonbury, Conn., and Mary (Ben) Kunkel of Princeton; six grandchildren: Tim Backlund, Jeff Backlund, Jill Shrader, Dana Page, Carrie Backlund and Michelle Mager; and 11 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents O. W. and Ellen Green; brother Donald Green; sister Margaret Green and her husband Norm Backlund.
A funeral service was held Monday, Nov.5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Princeton. Burial was in the Berry Cemetery, Princeton.