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AGE: 85


ADDRESS: N5380 State Highway 13 Medford, Township of Chelsea Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:46 A.M. Tuesday, May 6 at the Clark County Health Care Center, Owen where he had resided for the past 5 years


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Bill’s request no services will be held at this time


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 13, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


EDUCATION: Attended Medford Area Schools


MARRIAGE: Patricia Brandner and they later divorced


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 during the Korean War. He was a heavy machine operator for Peterson Construction of Medford all of his life. He loved hunting, being outdoors and mechanic work. Bill was a caregiver for his loving daughter Sheryl for many years and loved the time he had with his grandchildren.


MEMBER OF: Operating Engineers Local 139


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Greg Bernitt of Wisconsin, Sheryl Bernitt, Kathy (Robert) Harris and Pam (Bryan) Kennedy all of Medford


6 LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Casey Voss of River Falls, Nikki (Will) Sherman of Medford, Bradley (Megan) Harris of Medford, Hunter Bernitt of Rib Lake, Gunner Bernitt of Owen and Lizzie Bernitt of River Falls


6 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Taylor, Autumn, Luke, Mason, William and Charli


SURVIVING SISTER-IN-LAW: Margaret Bernitt of Michigan


BROTHERS/SISTER DECEASED: James and Robert Bernitt
Sister: Violet Liske


DECEASED FATHER: William Bernitt Sr.


DECEASED MOTHER: Elizabeth A. Bernitt (Maiden Name: Hirsch)


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Bill’s family that will be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements-For online condolences, please visit 



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