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Wilmer R. Bauernfeind


Service St. John's United Church of Christ - Wheeling Township, Rice County
  Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Visitation Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault - Monday, December 10, 2012 from 3 to 7 p.m.
  St. John's United Church of Christ for one hour prior to the services on Tuesday

Wilmer R. Bauernfeind, age 96, of Nerstrand, died on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.

Funeral services will be at St. John's United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, Rice County, on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Lora Sturm officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Monday, December 10, 2012 from 3 to 7 p.m. and also at the church on Tuesday for one hour prior to the service.

Wilmer Ruben, the son of Arthur and Elsie (Neumann) Bauernfeind, was born on November 9, 1916 in Wheeling Township, Rice County, MN. He married Helen Steierberg on August 3, 1939 at St. John's Church, Wheeling Township. Wilmer farmed for many years in the Nerstrand area until giving up his land to the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. He also worked at Isaacson Implement Company and drove school bus for elementary and high school children during that time. He later worked for Nerstrand Farmers Elevator spreading many acres of fertilizer for different farmers. Wilmer enjoyed camping, ice fishing in Nevis, doing wood projects and spending many hours making many different things. In his later years, he mowed lawns for several people in Nerstrand and also for St. John's Church. During his retirement, Wilmer was a campground host at Nerstrand State Park for 11 years.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Helen; four children, Darlene Fruehbrodt of Faribault, Duane (and Maxine) Bauernfeind of Faribault, Diane (and Harold) Glende of Nerstrand and Donald (and Suzanne) Katra of Faribault; 12 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; four great, great grandchildren; one sister in law, Betsy Hachfeld of Faribault; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son in law, Gilbert Fruehbrodt; two grandsons, Douglas and Gregory Fruehbrodt; two brothers, Merlin (and Viola) Bauernfeind and Marvin (and Betty) Bauernfeind; and four sisters, Esther (and Elmer) Keller, Alma (and Art) Schmidtke, Selma (and Henry) Buchta, and Ruby (and Martin) Hachfeld.


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