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July 20, 2018

7/12/2017 8:44:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial for Bernie Gardner July 14

The Mass of Christian Burial for Bernard "Bernie" Gardner, 77, a longtime Stewartville resident, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
Mr. Gardner died on Sunday, July 9, 2017, of natural causes, at Mayo Clinic Rochester-St. Marys Campus where he had been a patient for 10 days.
Bernard Anthony Gardner was born on Feb. 21, 1940 in Caledonia, to Bernard and Genevive (Guillaume) Gardner. He grew up on the family farm in rural Caledonia, where he attended parochial school, graduating from Loretto Catholic High School in 1958. He was employed as a truck driver for a few years. Bernie was married in August of 1962 in Caledonia to Audrey Comstock. The couple lived in Caledonia before moving to Stewartville in 1966. They were later divorced. Bernie was employed at IBM in Rochester in 1966 and after a long career took his early retirement in 1992. He joined his son Joe's business - Gardner Cabinets and made many doors and cabinets in his home shop. He did many other woodworking projects through the years for family and friends. Bernie was a longtime member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville. He was a founding member of the Stewartville Driftskippers Snowmobile Club and was an avid volunteer with the Stewartville Jaycees. He had a green thumb and had many big vegetable gardens for years. He enjoyed mowing the yard and followed the Twins and Vikings. Bernie regularly stopping after work for happy hour, developing many friendships and just enjoyed visiting. He loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Bernie is survived by one daughter and two sons, Tony (Heidi) of Blanchardville,Wis., Jane (Mike) Gardner Jones of North Richland Hills,Tex. and Joe of Elkton; 10 grandchildren, Heather (Jared) Rask, Tanner Gardner, Sophia Gardner, Dylan Gardner, Gabriel Gardner, Tayla (Trey) Terral, Brandon Fulcher, Jaycob Jones, Cody Gardner, Nia Gardner (Matt Hendrickson) and Carter Gardner; four great- grandchildren, Weston, Easton, Livia and Piper; his brother, Jon Gardner of Caledonia; his sister, Geraldine (Clem) Schilling and his nephew, Greg Schilling all of Medina, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two nieces, Joan Schilling and Pam Schilling.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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