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Bernard Stalboerger

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March 28, 1930-Aug. 10, 2009

Bernard "Bernie" J. Stalboerger, 79, of Waubun, died Monday, August 10, 2009 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Bernard Joseph Stalboerger was born the son of Peter and Clara (Hoelker) Stalboerger on March 28, 1930 in Mahnomen. As a newborn infant, Bernie was so small he could fit in a shoebox. Bernard attended Jaeger country school for three years and finished his schooling at Waubun public schools. In 1942, he moved to Waubun, where he spent time working for area farmers and for the St. Pierre farm. On Feb. 18, 1952 he was drafted and spent two years in the service, serving during the Korean War and spending 18 months in Okinawa, Japan in the Signal Corps Branch.

Bernard was released from the Army in 1954 and returned to working on the family farm. On April 16, 1955 he married Norma Ladwig in Waubun. They were blessed with five children: Judy, Julie, Bill, Sharon and Nancy.

In 1977 Bernard and Norma were selected and honored with the Farmer and Homemaker Award for Mahnomen County, Bernard was also selected as the soil conservation farmer of the year. In 1998, he retired from farming, but still loved to help his son farm.

Bernie loved country music, going on trips with Norma and attending sporting events with his grandchildren. He enjoyed the simple things in life, whether it was having coffee with his friends, talking about how the fields looked, or driving around to different neighbors to check on them. He enjoyed talking with his grandchildren on their sporting endeavors and how they were doing in school. Bernard was a quiet man and usually said little, but listened to the conversations with interest.

Family and friends enjoyed listening to his sweet corn growing ventures with the raccoons, teasing him about providing dining and dance music for them at night.

In 1998, Bernard was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. During his prolonged decline, he was blessed by the continued love and care from Norma and support of family and friends. He was able to live at the family farm with Norma.

Bernie was active in the community, as a member of WAMO (Waubun Area Men Organization), Knights of Columbus Mahnomen Council 2573, Ogema VFW Post 9880, Farmer's Union and St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Surviving Bernard are his wife, Norma; daughters, Judy (Mark) Carlson of Minneapolis, Julie (Keith) Zachariason of Lake Park, Sharon Stalboerger of Horse Creek, Wyo., and Nancy (Kevin) Stock of Mahnomen; son, Bill (Patti) Stalboerger of Waubun; sister, Della Dietz of Graceville, Minn.; brother, George Stalboerger of Babbitt, Minn.; two sister-in-laws, Betty Stalboerger and Luverne Stalboerger, both of Hibbing, Minn.; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, Peter and Clara Stalboerger; three brothers, Harold, Leander and Marvin; five sisters; and two brothers-in-law, Eugene Kelly and Marcellus Dietz.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Council 2573 Rosary, all at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Waubun. It will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerry Orsino, OMI, officiating.

Pallbearers are Josh Stalboerger, Adam Stalboerger, Jason Ladwig, Dale Ladwig, Keith Stalboerger, Richard Stalboerger, Tim Brown and Eric Ladwig. Honorary pallbearers are the Knights of Columbus Mahnomen Council 2573, Ogema VFW Post 9880 and WAMO. Military Honors will be provided by Ogema VFW Post 9880 and the White Earth Veterans Association.

Interment will be in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery, Waubun. Services have been entrusted to: Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Min. An online guest book is available at www.andersonmattson.com.

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