Bernard Herman Zander, age 86, of Howard Lake, died Saturday, April 10, 2010, at his home.
He was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Howard Lake, the son of Walter and Luella (Prigge) Zander. Bernard was baptized Aug. 26, 1923, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, and confirmed April 10, 1928, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake by the Rev. H.J. Graf.
Bernard was united in marriage to Mildred Haag Sept. 3, 1943, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake by the Rev. Eugene Seltz. Their union was blessed with four children.
They made their home in Howard Lake, and were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Bernie was in his own trucking business for 20 years, and then a mechanic at Howard Lake Motors and Holt Motors until his retirement. He also served as a member of the Howard Lake Fire Department for more than 20 years.
Bernie enjoyed getting together with his family to play games of many kinds. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes with his neighbors, and bowled for many years with his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Luella Zander; infant sister MaryAnn; a stillborn son; granddaughter Tatum Rae Zander; two brothers, Edward and Ralph Zander; and several other family members.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter Doris (Sonny) Pettit; sons Harlan (Jonae), Harvey (Karen), and Arlo (Sue); seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Interment followed at Howard Lake Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, April 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Bernie’s grandchildren served as his pallbearers, and his great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake handled the arrangements.