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Mariya Bernhardt

Jul 5, 2011

Mariya Tate Bernhardt, the daughter of Tony and Brenda (Hendershot) Bernhardt, was born October 26, 1991, in Minot, North Dakota.She died at the age of 19 years on Monday, June 27, 2011, at Trinity Medical Center in Minot from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover near Towner, North Dakota.

Mariya was raised in the home of her parents for the first five years of her life in Mohall, North Dakota, and then moved to Rugby, where she instantly became a part of the community.Mariya graduated from Rugby High School in May of 2010, and was furthering her education at Wahpeton State School of Science, double majoring in dental hygiene and dental assistant, at the time of her death.During her school years in Rugby, she was involved in Girl Scouts, Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Robotics, among many other activities and organizations.She excelled in basketball, volleyball, track and cross country.Through these activities, she received many awards, including Most Dedicated, Most Improved, and Team Leader & Motivator, along with the honorable HOBY Distinguished Leadership Award.

Mariya enjoyed sports of any kindrollerblading, running, tubing, skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, but especially basketball, volleyball, and track.She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church and carried her faith with her wherever she went.She initiated prayer into her many activitiespraying as a team before each and every game or competition.

Mariya was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. She was loved by many and will be missed by those who knew her.She touched each and everyone’s lives from the moment she was born until her very last day here on earth.Her deep and everlasting pool of friends shows how wonderful and amazing she truly was.

Those who were privileged to share in her short but bountiful life are her parents and brother, Tanner, all of Rugby; her grandparents, Don and Amy Hendershot of Sherwood and Tony and Sally Bernhardt of Linton; 20 aunts and uncles; numerous cousins, other family relatives, and many, many friends.She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, June 30, 2011, at1:00 p.m., at Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby, with burial in the church cemetery.

Fr. Tom Graner was Celebrant. Music was provided by Glenda Mack, organist, and Steve Mueller and Teri Shomento, vocalists.

Honorary casketbearers were her cousins, coaches, Panther teammates, and the Class of 2010.

Casketbearers were her uncles, Kevin, Bill, Joe, and Richard Bernhardt, Steve Hendershot, Terry Iback, Loren “Corkey” Bowers, and Scott McCarren.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.

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