Harold L. Bernklau, age 85, of the town of Delmar, passed away
peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 1, 2014 with his family by
his side after a short struggle with leukemia.
Harold was born July 10, 1928 on the home farm to the late Frank &
Clara (Kuehni) Bernklau. Attending area schools, he graduated from
Stanley High School in 1945. He moved to Cudahy to work at the Ladish
Corporation until he was called home by his father to continue the
farming tradition on the home farm.
On June 17, 1950 he marriedthe love of his life, Olga Sloboda at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church, Stanley. They farmed from 1950 until Harold sold
the cattle in 1963.
From 1955 to 1969 Harold operated a portable sawmill in the local
area. In 1969 he was hired by the Connor family to operate his
sawmill in Laona, WI, as they rebuilt their mill. He returned to
Stanley in the fall of 1970 when he founded the Delmar Saw &
Lumber Company with Bill Fitzgerald as his manager. In 1986 he
partnered with his son Robert in Stetson Hardwoods, a dry kiln
operation in Stetsonville, WI, until he retired in 1994 from both
businesses. Harold enjoyed traveling with Olga and friends, playing
cards, golfing, and his membership in the Flora and Fauna cabin
near Clam Lake.
Harold is survived by his children, Dr. Michael Bernklau (Dr. Craig Larrabee) of
Mequon; Patrick Bernklau of Minneapolis, MN; Robert (Kim) Bernklau of Medford;
Mark (Cindy) Bernklau of Stanley; John (Tina) Bernklau of Rice Lake; Mary
Bernklau of Stanley; 9 grandchildren, Max & Paige Bernklau of Medford; Annie
(Kevin) Rogalski of Stanley; Chandler Bernklau of Stanley; Alex Bernklau of
LaCrosse; Mackenzie, Zach, Ben, & Brianna Turner of Stanley, 1 great-
granddaughter, Tori, two sisters, Evelyn Weyenberg of Boyd, and Betty (Bill)
Plombon of Stanley, plus numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was
preceded in death by his parents, wife, Olga in 2001, son, Joseph in 1980,
brothers, Gary in 1963 and Harlyn in 1996.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11 a.m.
at the Plombon Funeral Home, Stanley. Burial will follow in the Holy Family
Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 4-8 p.m. at the
Plombon Funeral Home, Stanley and will continue Monday morning for one hour
prior to service time at the funeral home. The family requests memorials be
donated to the Stanley Historical Society, and would like to express their
appreciation to Family Health Associates, St. Joseph’s Home Hospice and
Ambulatory Care Unit.