Bernhard John "Bernie" Urban

OBITUARY - Bernhard John "Bernie" Urban

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Bernhard John “Bernie” Urban, age 98 of Big Lake, MN passed away on Friday March 14, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of St. Cloud.  Visitation will be Saturday March 22, 2014 from 1 PM to 2 PM at Hope Ev. Free Church, 513 West 4th Street, Monticello.  The funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Rev. Gary Jones officiating.  Interment will be at Big Lake Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.  

Bernie was born on October 21, 1915 in Minneapolis to Bernard J. Urban, Sr. and Ann Urban.  He served with the US Navy during WWII in the South Pacific.  He worked most of this life as an optician in the eye care industry.  Bernie was a member of the Gideons for almost 40 years.  He also made several short term missions trips to Jamaica, making glasses and bringing glasses to those in need there.  

Bernie is survived by his wife of 12 years Eldred “Ellie”;  his children Darrell (Nancy) Urban, Gloria (Jack) Gruye, Bernhard (Virginia) Urban, Rodney Urban, Fae (James) Audette;  son-in-law Jim Johnson;  stepchildren Sharon (Michael) Cooper, Jill (Joe) Riter;  and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bernie was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence in 2000;  daughter Kathleen Johnson;  and two sisters Alberta and Lucille.       
 

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DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)

CENTRACARE HEALTH MONTICELLO HOSPITAL provides top-quality health care for the community. St. Cloud Hospital, run by CentraCare Health, was recently named the third best medical facility in the state, second only to the Mayo Clinic and Abbot Northwestern. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

CHUCK MAURER, 54, of Becker was killed in a car crash Tuesday and his 10 year old daughter, Casey, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center after his mini-van was t-boned by a pickup truck driven by four teenagers from Little Falls. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Maurer family.)

Ronald D. Wobbrock
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