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Obituary for Bernard G. Clements

Bernie Clements, 93, of Bangor, passed away Monday February 24 at his Bangor home. He was cared for in his final days by his loving and caring wife of 70 years, Theresa, and family members. He was born in Mormon Coulee, in La Crosse County, March 8, 1926 to Rudy and Verna (Hohlfeld) Clements and is the oldest of 9 children. Bernie grew up on a farm and farming was always in his blood. Bernie also loved music and dancing, especially the Polka’s and Waltz’s of his youth where at one of the dances, he met his bride to be, Theresa Cavadini. After a courtship they married, November 9, 1949. Bernie and Theresa bought a farm in Dutch Creek, that remains today in the family, owned and operated by Mike and Shelly Piske. Prior to taking possession of the farm Bernie & Theresa lived with Theresa’s parents, Levi and Emma Cavadini, where Levi and Bernie attended many auctions, purchasing livestock, machinery and a team of horses. When spring arrived in 1950, Bernie and Theresa loaded a wagon with their possessions, hooked up the horses, and drove 1-1/2 miles down the valley to their new home, where Bernie and Theresa started operating their family farm together. They operated a successful dairy and hog farm for 35 years, and raised a family, having 6 daughters and 3 sons. Bernie managed the hogs and the fieldwork and Theresa managed the dairy operation. When it was time for harvest and chores the whole family worked together. During these 35 years he and Theresa always strove for improvement and Bernie was one of the first in the area to utilize minimal till and was a steward of good land and stream management. After Bernie’s retirement in 1985, he still had an active role in planting and harvesting on the family farm helping out in many ways for several years. He was actively involved in the operations of the Bangor School District and served several years on the district school board. He also had a very active interest in land conservation and politics and served on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors, as District 23 representative from 1986-1990 and again from 1994-2001. Bernie loved attending the sporting events of his children, where they excelled in high school sports, from football, boys and girls track and girls basketball. He was also very proud of the military service of his children, with 5 having served in the Military, where Barbara retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and Bruce retired as a Senior Chief. Bernie and Theresa are devoted to their Catholic Faith. They were active members of St. Peter’s Catholic church in Middle Ridge until their retirement and currently members of St Mary’s Catholic church in Bangor where they regularly worshiped, until Bernie’s physical limitations prevented him from attending Mass. Theresa would bring Bernie Holy Communion and he would watch the televised Mass on Sunday mornings. Bernie is survived by his wife, Theresa, 4 daughters, Debbie (Jim McClintock) West Salem WI, Gail (Kevin Marx) Stoddard WI, Cecilia Clements La Crosse WI, Shelly (Mike Piske) Bangor WI and 3 sons, Bernie (Kristin) Clements Gladstone MI, Bruce (Debbie) Clements Olalla WA, Brian (Stephanie Everson) Clements Bangor WI. His sisters Margaret Schaub, Luella Clark, Kathy Erickson and brothers Rudy (Mary) Clements, Richard Clements, Donny (Mary) Clements. Bernie and Theresa have 19 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren. Steve, Cassie and Lauren, children of Barbara; Ron, Faith, Ben, Danielle, Arlo and Leif, children of Bernie; Cameron, son of Bruce; Roy, Tasha, Ryan and Clifton, children of Debbie; Rachael and Kevin, children of Gail; Hunter and Spencer, children of Cecilia; Samantha, Jonathan and Andrew, children of Shelly. Bernie and Theresa also have 21 great grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. Bernie is preceded in death by his 2 daughters Cynthia and Barbara; granddaughter Darcie Clements daughter of Bruce; sisters, Angela and Florence, Sister in-law Diane Clements, and brother in-laws Isadore Schaub, Donald Hagen, Robert Clark and Donald Erickson. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Saturday February 29, 2020 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 303 16th Ave. S., Bangor. Monsignor Robert Hundt and Father Raja Kennedy will concelebrate. Burial will be in the St. Peter's Cemetery. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at the funeral home on Friday, February 28, at 4:00 with visitation continuing until 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass.