Bernard “Bernie” Hagert, age 86 of Redwood Falls passed away Thursday, December 10, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 16 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Private family burial is in St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bernard Mathias Hagert was born January 22, 1929 on a farm site near Wabasso to John and Rose (Fernholz) Hagert. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Bernie attended school in Wabasso. He served in the Army for two years during the Korean War. On November 23, 1953 he married LaVonne Matter at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Bernie enjoyed working at the Midland Co-op, where he was the manager, and Redwood Oil. He was known as “Bernie the Bulk Man”. He served on the Redwood Falls Fire Department for over 20 years and was a lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of the American Legion and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Bernie and LaVonne wintered in Arizona for 16 years. He was a go-getter who enjoyed taking drives in his pickup and going to the farm. Bernie loved drinking coffee with his friends and going to sporting events. Bernie loved his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids as family was very important to him.
Bernie is survived by his wife LaVonne of 62 years; children: Barb (Jim) Hildebrandt, Brenda (Scott) Becker, Bryan (Kristi) Hagert, and Paul (Lori) Hagert, all of Redwood Falls; grandchildren: Ryan (Pheng) Hildebrandt, Eric (Kristi) Hildebrandt, Kari (Mike) Redman, Christopher (Deena) Becker, Casey (Kim) Becker, Brady (Jamie) Hagert, Bo Hagert, Blake Hagert, Brittany (Elliott) Serbus, and Brennan Hagert; 11 great grandchildren; brother LuVerne Hagert of Sauk Rapids; sister Phyllis Mangan of Le Center; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters.