Dec. 26, 1924-Oct. 11, 2012
MARSHALL - Mass of Christian Burial for Bernadette Marie (Bot) Louwagie, 87, of Marshall will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at St. Clotilde Church. Visitation will begin with CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and close with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 1-2 p.m. Monday prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Clotilde. Burial will be in the St. Clotilde Catholic Cemetery.
Bernadette died peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at the Prairie Home Hospice house.
Bernadette Marie was born Dec. 26, 1924, to Henry and Gertrude (Peters) Bot in Grandview Township near Ghent. She attended St. Eloi Catholic School and graduated from Marshall High School. For a time she attended St. Catherine's College in St. Paul. She met her husband, Maurice, at a wedding dance of relatives. They were married on Dec. 30, 1946. The couple stayed with Maurice's parents on his family farm for one year before moving to their own family farm near Green Valley. There they raised 11 children. Bernadette loved life on the farm, enjoyed working in the fields and tending to the garden. She cherished her family, teaching them to always be generous and welcoming of new life. She had a strong faith, praying the rosary every day and attended daily Mass in retirement. She also sang in the choir and participated in parish life. She spent many hours polka dancing and square dancing with Maurice and friends at area ballrooms. They were members of the Jolly Mixers Square Dancing Club. She loved playing cards, crocheting, and had a special interest in crossword puzzles. In 1991, after 45 years on the farm, the couple moved to Marshall to enjoy their retirement and wintered in Arizona for 15 years.
Her warm spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by her family; husband, Maurice; children, Catherine (and Stephen) Kjorness of Westbrook, Christine Louwagie of Tempe, Ariz., Laurell Louwagie of Geneva, Switzerland, Mark (and Diane) Louwagie of Cottonwood, Marilyn (and Chad) Crow of Woodbury, Pat (and Dr. Patrick) Laedermann of Vevey, Switzerland, Ruth (and Tim) Verschaetse of Faribault, Liz (and Jay) Walterman of New Ulm, Matthew Louwagie of Minneapolis, Sandy (and Dr. Martin) Mohr of New Ulm, and Chad Louwagie of Cottonwood. She was also loved and will be greatly missed by her 27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was awaiting two additional great-grandchildren at the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Deborah (Hubert) VanUden, Helen (Bill) Davis, Beatrice (Edward) Van Nevel, and Theresa (Vincent) DeCock; brothers; John, William, and Fred Bot.