Vivian A. Bedard


Vivian A. Bedard, age 92, of Hampton, died on Thursday, May 16, at the Benedictine Living Community in Northfield, MN.

Vivian Agnes Bedard was born in Minneapolis on September 17, 1931, the daughter of Gustave and Agnes (Schmitz) Knott. She grew up in Minneapolis, graduating from Minneapolis North High School in 1949. On October 26, 1957, Vivian married Robert Horace Bedard. Initially living in Minneapolis, they built a home in Burnsville, where they lived until moving to Hampton in 1969.

Vivian was an active member of St. Mathias Catholic Church. She sang in the church choir, and took care of flowers and vestments for the altar. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, flowers, music, and painting. She enjoyed animals, particularly horses, and loved bird watching. In her younger years Vivian liked to go deer and pheasant hunting with her husband. They also enjoyed square-dancing and snowmobiling.

Survivors include her children Sheri (Dan) Dowden of Goodhue, Sheila (Troy) Schifsky of Delta, WI, Renee (Kent) Otte of Randolph, and Michele (Bob) Hemphill of Hampton; grandchildren Taylor (Samantha), Brandon, and Cameron Dowden, Colton (Alexandria), Carson, Chase, and Cooper Schifsky, Grant, Alec, and Kellen Otte, and Jack Hemphill; great-grandson Adrian Dowden; brother Virgil (Gloria) Knott; sister-in-law Irene Knott; and several nieces and nephews. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents Gustave and Agnes, her husband Robert, sister Evelyn (Arland) McCaul, and brothers Lester (Delores) Knott and Gustave Knott.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mathias Catholic Church.

The memorial mass for Vivian will be at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, May 28, at St. Mathias Catholic Church, 23315 Northfield Blvd, Hampton, MN 55031. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the St. Mathias Cemetery, followed by dinner in the church basement.