The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 17, 2013

Bernard Zeidler

Bernard Zeidler

     Bernard Zeidler, age 93, of St. James died on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Fr. Thien Nguyen as celebrant.

    Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in St. James.

     Visitation will be Tuesday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4:30pm to 7pm with a 4pm rosary scheduled.

   You may send the family condolences online at

 Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

    Bernard Lawrence Zeidler was born November 25, 1919 in St. James to John & Mary (Westerman) Zeidler. He passed away on Thursday November 14, 2013 just 11 days shy of his 94th birthday.  He was baptized and confirmed at the St. James Catholic church. Bernard grew up in the rural LaSalle area, attended school in St. James and graduated from St. James High School in 1937. On November 25, 1953 Bernard was united in marriage to Elizabeth Koehn at the St. James Catholic church.  They lived on the farm next to Mary's Lake south of St. James where Bernard lived until he became a resident of Pleasant View in December of 2012. Bernard worked at Tony Downs Foods in St. James for 28 years and also helped with the farming operation with his wife, Liz.  He retired from Tony Downs in 1983.  He was an avid gardener, growing lots of fruits and vegetables and his special muskmelons and watermelons that he shared with his family and friends.   He also loved to cook. Bernard enjoyed going to auctions and attending the Butterfield Threshing Bee each year.  He had a great memory and loved to share his stories.  He

enjoyed visiting and spending time with family and friends, especially having morning coffee at Paul's Food Pride. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and very proud to receive his 50 year pin.

   Bernard is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 59 years, special nieces Louise (Rich) Olsen, Linda (Ed) Connell of St. James, nephews Robert Zeidler, Richard Zeidler, Thomas (Linda) Zeidler, James  Zeidler, and Lawrence (Darlene) Zeidler.  Nieces Catherine (Keith) Thomas, Peggy Zeidler, triplets Joan (Forrest) Verhine, Jean Jenkins, Jan Schmitz, sister Bernadine Cameron of Irvine, CA, and other nieces and nephews. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; John and Mary, brothers Herb, Clarence, twins George & Johnny, twin brother Edward in infancy, nephew David and niece Patty and other relatives.

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