Willmar E. Cardinal

Willmar E. Cardinal, age 90 of Montrose, died early Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999 at the Buffalo Hospital.

Willmar was born in Albion Township, Wright County, on May 27, 1908, the son of Richard and Exelia Carrier Cardinal.

On Sept. 14, 1933, Willmar was joined in holy marriage to Murial V. Jewett at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with 10 children. Muriel preceded her husband in death on March 4, 1986.

Willmar engaged in farming for many years. He later was employed by Bergstrom Implement Co. in Buffalo for eight and one half years.

Willmar was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Waverly.

He is survived by his children: Willis (Darleen) Cardinal of St. Louis Park, Verla (Duane) Lyrek of Delano, Delwin (Marlene) Cardinal of Brainerd, Mylen (Margie) Cardinal of Norwood Young America, Marlette (William) Babatz Jr. and Arlynn (Jane) Cardinal, all of Montrose; Gerlene (Tony) Klingelhoets of Waverly, Orlan (Diane) Cardinal of Buffalo, Dorlyn "Dewey" (Peggy) Cardinal of Montrose; 35 grandchildren, and 48 great-grandchildren.

Willmar is further survived by brothers, John (Lucille) Cardinal of Coon Rapids; Merle (Thelma) Cardinal of Georgetown, Ill.; a sister, Theresa DeRosier of Princeton; a sister-in-law, ReDella Stoppelman of Buffalo; many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife Muriel, Willmar was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Exelia Cardinal, both in 1963; a son, Garryl Cardinal killed in action in Vietnam in 1968; a grandson, Dennis Babatz in 1993; eight brothers and sisters.

A mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m., at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. The Rev. Martin B. Shallbetter was the celebrant and interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery.

Friends called at the church on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 4 to 9 p.m., and also at the church on Wednesday, one hour prior to mass. A prayer service was at the church on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Doug Cardinal, Jason Cardinal, Justin Cardinal, Larry Cardinal, Lesley Cardinal, Tim Cardinal, Gary Klingelhoets, and LeRoy Lyrek served as the casket bearers.

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