Bernard Hagert


Bernie Hagert 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 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.


  1. LaVonne Wolf says:

    My sincere sympathy to Bernie’s family. I remember many good visits with him, LaVonne and the Schmidt’s at the Valley.

  2. Judy Goblish says:

    Lavonne and family:
    All my sympathies for your loss.
    Due to my health, I won’t be able to attend the service, but my thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  3. Joe & Channing Thielen says:

    Bernard was a great man and as a family friend to many of his gran-sons, I’ve always enjoyed his company. When we were kids we used to try where our hats like Bern with the “tilt”. He will surely be missed by many and our thoughts & prayers go out to Lavonne and all of the Hagerts, Hildebrandts & Beckers. God Bless

  4. John and Diane Woodford says:

    Our sympathy to the family of Bernie. It was through Midland Coop that we knew Bernie who served us well through chemicals, fertilizer and delivering fuel for the farm. He was a good and friendly man to know. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
    Blessed be his memory.
    John & Diane Woodford

  5. Rick and Mary says:

    Scott &Brenda & family , Sending hugs ! So sorry for your loss , thinking of you at this difficult time !

  6. georgette and gordy serbus says:

    so sorry for your loss. love and prayers are sent to you and your family. remember the great times you shared.

  7. John and Tina Jenniges says:

    So sorry to hear that Bernie passed away….always enjoyed chatting with him when I was a Server at the Valley. Sending you all hugs during this difficult time. -the Jenniges Family

  8. Bobby & Cleo Erickson says:

    Eric, Kristi, Summer, Josie, Jim, Barb, Lavonne and the entire Hagert family;
    We are so sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. We know he was a very special man in all of your lives. We feel blessed to have known him. God bless his memory and our sincere sympathy to all of his family.

  9. LeAnn & Lowell Peterson says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. We always enjoyed his visits to pick up parts for the coop or Bulk business, and later years helping out the boys on the farm! He will be missed!

  10. Linda Dahlberg Rockwell and Barbara Dahlberg Loppnow says:

    Lavonne..our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…we remember all the good times our parents had with you and Bernard
    through the years..

  11. Jason Amberg says:

    I am sorry to hear the news of Bernie’s passing. I have fond memories of him and thought he was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Hagert family.

  12. Molly Farnberg says:

    Sending my sincere condolences for your loss. He was a dear man! Prayers to the family.

  13. Tammy Blaine says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your passing from this world Bernie. I will miss your smiling face and kind words. May you continue to hold the hearts of your family in your hands as they will continue to miss yours. God’s speed ?

  14. Duane and Cindy Heiling says:

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of you, Bernie will be missed, God Bless
    Duane and Cindy

  15. Shelley Barker says:

    To the Hagert Family, my deepest sympathy for your loss of your husband, father, grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  16. Stephen and Jan Swanson says:

    We are very saddened to hear that Bernie has passed away. We will always have very fond memories of him, especially when we ran into you at Perkins and the last time, Mike’s Café. We send our deepest sympathy and lots of hugs to you and your family. We wish we could be at the funeral but are already here in Bullhead.

    Stephen and Jan

  17. Todd and Janelle Revier says:

    To Paul and Lori and all of the Hagert family, so sorry for your loss. May the many wonderful memories be your strength! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Louie and Gwen Beauzay says:

    We just heard about Bernie and send our deepest condolences to the family. We have such fun memories of football and baseball games with Bernie and Lavonne. May those wonderful memories sustain you at this difficult time. Louie and Gwen

  19. Harry and Dian Tryon says:

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss to the family. We will miss the privilage of being able to see and talk to a wonderful person.

    Harry & Dian

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