Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Bernard J. Balder, age 85, who died Monday at Little Falls Lutheran Care Center. Burial will be in the St. Patricks Parish Cemetery, Minden Township, Benton County.
Visitation for relative and friends will be from 9 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning in the Church Narthex. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.
Bernard was born in St. Cloud, MN to Ellsworth and Alvina (Rau) Balder. He married Charlene Grow on June 17, 1953 in St. Johns Catholic Church, Foley, MN. Bernard was an owner/operator in the trucking industry until his retirement in 1994. He loved farming, fishing, golfing, playing the concertina, polka dancing with Charlene and being with his grandchildren. Bernard was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Charlene; children, Julie (Mike) Montour, Linda Balder, Donna (Kurt) Baumgartner, Bernard (Kim) Balder; siblings, Teresa (Leo) Moore, Carol (Ernie) Jurek, Doris (Leonard) Powell, Jim (Bertie) Balder; grandchildren, Adam (Caitlin) Baumgartner, Aaron Baumgartner, Andrew Baumgartner, Brian Montour, Joshua Balder and Emily Balder.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Mary Farley, Lucietta Stang and David Balder.