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Beatrice Korsmo, 90, of Northwood, ND died peacefully on January 15, 2015, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:00p.m. at Community Bible Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held Monday, January 19, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00p.m. prayer service at the church.
Beatrice Eleanor Sherva was born November 30, 1924 in Northwood, ND, to Bernard and Alma (Johnson) Sherva. In her childhood years, she lived in Northwood, where she graduated from Northwood High School in 1941.
She met a fine young man, who started his courtship with her at weekly choir practice. On March 4, 1944, Beatrice married this sweetheart, Peder Korsmo, in Cedar Rapids Iowa. She was a new bride that saw her husband off to fight in WWII, and awaited his homecoming, after which time the family came along.
Bea and Peder raised their family, otherwise known as "the four boys and Barb." Most of their growing years were spent on the Korsmo Homestead farm, and they moved to Northwood in 1991.
Bea took an active support staff role to Peder when they owned Korsmo Oil & Supply, and in his farming years. She served as bookkeeper, truck driver, and/or worked on the bin piler at the potato warehouse.
As a wife, mother, grandmother and friend Bea was always supportive. She was an engaging conversationalist and listened intently to each person that spoke. She was the "Queen of Hospitality." The table was always beautifully set, lamps were glowing, and the aroma of fresh baked buns and cookies permeated the air. She always created an inviting presence for her family and guests. This was a reflection of her faith and gift of hospitality lived out. The presence of the Lord surrounded her, prayer was her daily mantle, and her well worn Bible was always close at hand. She had some other internal mottos... "The woman sets the tone for the home," "A place for everything, and everything in its place."
With the "home is where the heart is" atmosphere, her place, wherever the location, was filled with coffee drinkers. She relished in all the company, and would often "count noses" or shoes, and then smile and comment on her blessings.
She loved a well-manicured lawn, beautiful flowers, and shiny, clean car. She loved fine fashion, and even through her 80's said, "I think a little heel would look nice with that."
Peder and Bea spent many winters in Arizona, enjoying family and friends.
Beatrice is survived by three sons; David (Cheryl), Daniel (Jackie) Paul (Judy), all of Northwood, her daughter Barbara (Mark) of Sioux Falls, SD; her daughter-in-law, Kris; 13 grandchildren, Michelle, Stephanie, Stacie, Jason, Amy, Grant, Nathan, Jennifer, Melanie, John, Ryan, Adam, Rachel; and 23 great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are sister Delores Cabler, brother Donald Sherva, and sister-in-law Janice Sherva, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Norin (Joan) Korsmo, and Richard Korsmo, Valborg (Ingvald) Berdal, Lenore Meland and Mary Korsmo. She was preceded in death by her brothers Gordon and Robert, parents, Ben and Alma, husband, Peder, her son Steven ; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Solveig Strand, Delores Korsmo, Wesley Meland, James Cabler, Alvin Korsmo and Ruth Sherva, and great-granddaughter, Adelynn Grace.
Bea longingly awaited her Heavenly home, anxious to be face to face with Jesus, and reunited with her loved ones.
Memorials may be designated to the South Cemetery, Northwood Community Bible Church Missions, or the charity of your choice.
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