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Bernard Marthaler

Oct. 12. 1919-April 19, 2008

Bernard A. Marthaler, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes.

Bernard Alex Marthaler was born to Alix and Mary (Bonemeyer) Marthaler on Oct. 12, 1919 in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, Minn. As a young child, he moved with his family to a farm near Waubun, where he was raised and attended country school.

Bernard entered the United States Army in 1943 and served in Italy during World War II. During his service, he received letters from Margaret Quick, who was from Missouri. (Margaret was one of many civilians who wrote letters to servicemen bringing encouragement and friendship.) It was those letters that brought Bernard and Margaret together.

After his honorable discharge in 1945, Bernard met Margaret in Missouri on his way back to Minnesota. After two years of a continuing friendship they were married on Nov. 15, 1947 in Columbia, Mo. They were blessed with four children. Bernard and Margaret farmed near Waubun from 1947 until his retirement in 1980. In 1991, they moved to Detroit Lakes. Margaret died on Jan. 21, 2006.

Bernard often expressed his love for dairy farming. In addition to farming, he enjoyed woodworking in his shop, crafting beautiful pieces for his family. Bernard fished many of the area lakes, taking every opportunity to put the boat in the water. He was an active member at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, holding the office of treasurer for many years; a member of the Farmers Union and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus. Bernard will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family; his readiness to help a neighbor and for his strong Christian faith.

Bernard is survived by three sons, Mark (Vicki) Marthaler of Detroit Lakes, Barry Marthaler of Frazee and Kevin (Kay) Marthaler of Las Cassass, Tenn.; one daughter, Linda Berger of Anaheim, Calif.; one brother, Ralph "Shorty" (Karen) Marthaler of Detroit Lakes; two sisters, Irma Elfering of Lakeville, Minn., and Angie Field in Washington; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Preceding Bernard in death were his wife, Margaret; two brothers, Clarence and a brother in infancy, Elmer; a sister, Helen Newman; and his parents.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24 with Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. It will continue Friday for one hour prior to the start of services at the church.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 12 noon on Friday, April 25 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Beaulieu.

Arrangements are being provided by the David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.