Bernard G. Ferstl, age 90, of Beaver Dam, died on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Beaver Dam.
The visitation for Bernard will be at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 511 S. Spring St., Beaver Dam, on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. until 11:20 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow with Fr. Michael J. Erwin officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery, Town of Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
Bernie was born on March 18, 1926, to William and Mary (Schmitt) Ferstl of Beaver Dam. Bernie grew up on a dairy farm on County Road CC and went to school in a one-room schoolhouse on County Road G. He married Eunice Zuehlke on September 24, 1947. After they married they took over farming on Eunice’s family dairy farm on County Road DE for over 45 years. Selling the cows in 1991 was one of the toughest things they had to do. As most will know, it was one of the most beautifully maintained farms in the area. Bernie and Eunice raised six children on this farm. In Bernie and Eunice’s spare time they loved taking drives anywhere in the countryside. Sometimes they were even lucky enough to have a grandchild along for the ride. Bernie was a hard-working man, with a very welcoming smile. He loved it when friends or family stopped for a visit.
Survivors include his children, Richard (Maureen Prunuske), Bruce (Gail), Brian (Lana), and Diana (Ray) Pearson, all of Beaver Dam; 11 grandchildren, Chrissy, Jonathan, Steven, Jason, Janel, Craig (Holly), Michelle (Matt) Stephens, Brianna, Brandon, Brett, and Paula (Corey) Mueller, and eight great grandchildren; one brother, Jerome; one sister Betty (Danny) Trost; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bernie was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice; sons, Robert and Ronald; parents; five brothers, Arnold in infancy, Earl, Ray, Lester, and Clarence; one sister, Ruth; and one granddaughter, Jenny.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Bernard G. Ferstl’s name to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 408 South Spring St. Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or to Hillside Homecare & Hospice, 709 South University Ave. Beaver Dam, WI 53916.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com