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Bernadette "B." Cummings, 94, died on April 12, in Palliative Care at Sanford Health, Fargo, N.D.

Bernadette "B." Margaret Lein was born on March 30, 1919, in Perham, Minn., to Alois and Amelia (Foerstner) Lein. She grew up in Perham and graduated from Perham High School.

B. married Joseph Cummings on May 30, 1941, in Perham. During World War II, B. and Joe were located in various cities across the U.S. While in Chicago, B. worked for Mars Candy Company, hand-wrapping Snicker bars. During this time, she also worked for the government typing confidential documents. After the war, B. and Joe moved back to Perham. They eventually moved to Moorhead, Minn. Together they had six children.

B. was a homemaker and an artist. She was named the YWCA "Woman of the Year in Art" in 1976. She enjoyed many types of painting, although oil painting was her favorite. B. was one of the founders of Fargo's Art in the Park, which has become the Fargo Street Fair. She is also a founding member of Gallery 4. B. was an avid bowler. She bowled in leagues and tournaments, with both family and friends, well into her 80s.

B. is survived by her daughters, Ann Cummings, Atlanta, Ga., Kathy Sudduth, Madison, Wis., Lynn Wiskowski, and Judy Schultz, Madison; sons, Jim (Beth) Cummings, Sioux Falls, S.D., Mike (Holly) Cummings, Fargo, Ken (Patty) Cummings, West Fargo, N.D., and Kevin (Pam) Cummings, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; brother, Charlie (Irene) Lein; eight grandchildren, Snow, Melissa, Meghan, Ashley, Erin, Chelsey, Meredith and Tony; and four great-grandchildren, Noah, Jacob, Sadie and Carter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Ambrose Lein.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in Riverview Place, Fargo, N.D. A memorial gathering will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Dent, Minn.

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