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Marvin O. Berwald

Marvin O. Berwald, age 71, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Marvin was born Sept. 21, 1930 in Watertown, the son of Herman and Lydia (Schaunamann) Berwald. He was baptized Oct. 12, 1930 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Watertown Township, by the Rev. K. Rudolph, and confirmed at the same April 2, 1944.

Marvin was united in marriage to Bonita B. Bender Sept. 23, 1950 at Moravian Church in Waconia by the Rev. Milo Loppnow.

Marvin was a lifetime resident of Watertown and faithful member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served as church trustee, mission treasurer, building committee and men's club member.

He began his career and love for trucks at an early age, working for his dad in the family gravel and road construction business. He continued driving truck for Dairy Fresh Milk Company, delivering milk for 30 years to stores in the western Minnesota area. He made many long and lasting friendships with his customers.

He then worked for Fairmont Foods, Meyer Brothers Dairy, and Advanced Machine. After his retirement in 1995, he was employed by Midwest Bus Company, driving school bus, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He became know as "Marv the bus driver" and had many interesting stories to tell. Due to his progressing cancer, he could no longer continue driving bus after October.

Marvin and Bonita enjoyed many bus tours and trips visiting relatives and friends. He loved being with his family and friends, going out for coffee, eating out, and playing his button accordion. His love for people and music beamed through his smile. Marvin will be lovingly missed by all.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lydia Berwald, father-in-law and mother-in-law Howard and Alice Bender, brother-in-law, Gerald Bender, and nephew Ladd Bender.

He is survived by his wife, Bonita; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Lucian Boll of Crookston, Diane and Tom Kohler of White Bear Lake, Joyce and Clarence Boll of Maple Plain, Joann and Duane Mueller of Delano; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Jackie Berwald of Watertown;

Grandchildren, Christine Boll, Bryan and Melissa Boll, Amy Boll, Stephanie Boll, Jennifer Boll, Steven Kohler, Jaime and Patrick Ess, Wesley Boll, Derek Boll, Noah and Nicole Mueller, Sara and Wade Erickson, Brandon Berwald; great-grandchildren, Courtney Erickson, Chloe Erickson, Shelby Mueller; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Verdella and Jim Borrell of Richfield, Dorothy and Elmer Schmidt of Watertown, Sandy and Dennis Wabbe of Watertown; brother, Donald Berwald of Watertown;

Sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Marlene Bender of Watertwon, Shirley and Dennis Hilk of Delano; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, 1:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Watertown. The Rev. Paul Krentz officiated the service.

Marvin's grandchildren served as casketbearers.

Interment was at Watertown Public Cemetery in Watertown.

Arrangements were made by the Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.

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