Bernadine M. (Wagner) Bleile

Bernadine M. (Wagner) Bleile

Bernadine M. (Wagner) Bleile, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:17 p.m., on Saturday, January, 5, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Bernadine’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Bernadine’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00a.m., on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the church. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Bernadine was born on October 14, 1919, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of John and Lucy (Schmitt) Wagner.

Bernadine was born and raised in the Sherrill area, where she would attend school, before eventually making Dubuque her lifelong home. She was a hard worker and was employed for 5 years at General Dry Battery, before happily becoming a full time wife, mother and homemaker. Bernadine was united in marriage to Herbert Bleile, on October 21, 1939, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. The two would be blessed with 2 loving children, and 59 years together, before Herbert was sadly called home before her on January 19, 1999. Bernadine and Herbert were a very active couple, who were often found out and about, “cutting a rug”, at weekly dances held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. They also enjoyed discovering and visiting new places together and were extremely proud of the fact that they had visited all 50 states, as well as several countries abroad. Family, however, truly brought the greatest joy into Bernadine’s days, and she loved any opportunity to spend time with Lisa, Loras, and eventually the grandchildren, always sure to make every occasion special and memorable.
Bernadine was a very creative individual, an excellent seamstress and an accomplished quilter. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles on her own, but really looked forward to beating the pants off of her children and grandchildren in a heated game of Scrabble. Bernadine took much pride in keeping up her home and would often look for things to do to keep busy.
We feel very blessed to have had 99 years to enjoy the gift of our dynamic Bernadine, and we will miss you more than you will ever know. We take comfort in knowing that you are now at peace in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Bernadine’s memory include

her children,

and Loras (Carrie) Bleile, Peosta, IA,
Lisa (Roger) Ohrt, LaPorte City, IA;

her grandchildren,
Tracey Bleile, Susan (Dan) Neaton, Andrew (Mary J.) Kleckner, Zachary (Stacey) Ohrt and Tyler (Danielle Berke) Ohrt.

her 9 great-grandchildren,

her brother-in-law,
Robert White, Dubuque, IA;

and her nieces and nephews.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert Bleile; and her sisters, Harriet (Henry) Baal and Lorraine “Babe” White.

Bernadine’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent, compassionate care of Bernadine and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001
January 10th, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church
2921 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001
January 10th, 2019 at 11:00 AM

6 condolences for Bernadine M. (Wagner) Bleile
  1. Mari (Ohrt) Houck says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bernie’s family and friends. So sorry Lisa and Loras for your loss.

  2. Donald & Dorothy Link says:

    Loras, Lisa & families: So sorry to hear of Aunt Bern’s departure. We always enjoyed our chats with her on our visits. May you find comfort in knowing she is free of pain and enjoying her heavenly reward.

  3. Ardy Ohrt says:

    So very sorry for the loss of your Mother. Loras, Lisa and families may God hold you in his healing hands at this difficult time. May your wonderful memories fill the space in your hearts.

  4. Jordan Weber says:

    My family would like to wish our condolences and sympathy to Bernadine’s family and friends. While I did not know her personally, my grandmother, Germaine(Gigi) Weber, was a good friend of hers for many years. I vividly remember her telling me how she’d always call Bernie if she couldn’t figure out a word in the daily jumble or how many times we picked up clothes that she had repaired for us kids. May she rest peacefully.

  5. Sheila & Kevin Slowey says:

    Loras, Lisa and family, We are sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. I have such fond childhood memories of spending time at the Bleile house. Bernie baked the best sugar cookies and sewed the most beautiful dresses for my Barbie dolls…remember Lisa?? Bernie was so kind and thoughtful! She and Herbie were the best friends of my Mom and Dad, and dance partners as well.
    Our sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. God bless!

  6. Joyce Stoffel says:

    Dear Loras and family.Jesse and I are so sad that we are not home to be part of a wonderful send off and celebration of a life well lived. I am anxious to speak with Jim tonight so I can feel a bit more apart of this. I am also determined to get the video to you all that we took of your mom just last fall. I know you will appreciate her story in her own works. The obituary truly captures your moms life and I know u will miss her. What a beautiful and talented lady. Bless you all as u journey thruthis time

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