March 9, 1924 ~ December 22, 2013
Bert M. Bercier, 89, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Eventide Lutheran Home surrounded by his family.
Bert was born March 9, 1924 in St. John, ND to Albert and Eva (LaRocque) Bercier. He grew up in St. John and was drafted into the United States Navy during his senior year of high school. Bert fought in World War II from 1943 until he was discharged in 1945. He was honored with the Silver Star Medal for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during the war. Following his military discharge, Bert was united in marriage to Frances Schindler on August 1st, 1947 in Portland, Oregon at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Bert was employed in the heating and cooling business throughout much of his life prior to retirement in November of 1990. Together, Bert and Frances raised five children.
Bert loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed hunting season with them. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and mentor and will be missed dearly.
Bert is survived by his wife, Frances (Schindler) Bercier, Moorhead, MN; three sons, Byron (Debbie) Bercier, White Bear Lake, MN; Gary (Brenda) Bercier, Chaska, MN; Gerard (Kathy) Bercier, Jamestown, ND; two daughters, Rennae (Rainer) Lobitz, Audubon, MN; Tracy (Rick) Batsch, Fargo, ND; two sisters, Yvonne Longie, Rolla, ND; Emma (Andy) DesJarlais, Surry, ND; thirteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Eva Bercier; two brothers, Joseph Bercier and Bernard Bercier; and two sisters, Irene Manson and Bonnie DeMontigny.