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Bernadette R. Yantes, 91

Bernadette (Bernie) Rose Yantes, age 91, of Delano, died Tuesday March 6, 2012, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Delano, with the Rev. Paul Kammen as the celebrant for the Mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends will take place Tuesday, March 13 at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano from 4 to 8 p.m., and will continue Wednesday at the church for one hour prior to the Mass.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Bernie was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Delano, to John and Kathryn (Motzko) Russek.

A lifelong resident of Delano, Bernie was one of four siblings, and the wife of Lloyd Yantes.

Besides working the family farm for many years, Bernie enjoyed a number of years working at the Wayzata Country Club, and was known as the “donut lady” at the bakery in Watertown.

Her hobbies included crocheting, baking, word find books, flowers, the many birds she attracted to her yard, and attending Mass at St. Joseph’s Church. But her true joy came from the time she spent with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her great-great-grandson.

Bernie was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; her son, Lloyd Jr.; a granddaughter, Sherry; a grandson, Matthew; a brother, Clarence Russek; and sisters Irene Dederich and Marie Russek.

She is survived by her children, James (Jeanne) Yantes of Mora, Peter (Eileen) Yantes of Jacksonville, FL, Sharon (Jerry) Fritz, and John Yantes, all of Delano; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and her brother, Jack (Renata) Russek of Delano.