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Bernard J. Wagemester - 78

12/14/1938 - 6/24/2017

Clinton, IA

Bernard J. Wagemester age 78 of rural Clinton, passed away Saturday June 24, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Thursday June 29th at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be held 4-7 PM Wednesday June 28th at Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Casket bearers will be Justin Diehl, David Frett, Steve Frett, Jesse Johnson, Corey Sweely and Ryan Walker. Honorary pall bearers will be Clayton and Carson Sweely and Kaleb Johnson. Online condolences may be left at Bernard was born on December 14, 1938 in Clinton, the son of Joseph and Clara (Boehmer) Wagemester. He attended Hampshire #3 County School. He married Janis Paulsen on September 9, 1959 in Clinton, Iowa. They lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming while he served in the U.S. Air Force as head cook. Bernard and Janis created many wonderful memories traveling and site seeing out West during this time. Bernard spent the remainder of his life engaged in farming. He had a deep passion for the farm, a remarkable work ethic and just plain loved to farm. Of all the work he enjoyed feeding cattle the most. He loved to share the farm experience and teach anyone willing to learn and work about the farm. He was a kind hearted, patient man who gave more than he received. He also enjoyed polka dancing at local dance halls, vacationing in Florida to visit his brother in law, family functions and cooking. He was very sociable and enjoyed long visits with many friends. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish and Prognosticators. Those left to honor Bernard’s memory include his wife Janis of 57 years. Three sisters; Bernice Mootz of DeWitt, Viola(Paul) Frett of Maquoketa, and Joanne (Jim) Diehl of Elizabeth, IL. Two brothers; Ed (Ardith) Wagemester of DeWitt and Robert (Donna) Wagemester of Clinton; 15 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters Lucille Wagemester, Mary Frett and Rosemary Wagemester and a brother-in-law Emil Mootz. Memorials may be given to the Prince of Peace Hall Building Fund.


Visitation will be held 4-7 PM Wednesday June 28th at Pape Funeral Home.


Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 AM Thursday June 29th at Prince of Peace Parish.


  • Denise Judge

    on 06/26/17

    We are so saddened to hear of Bernard's passing. We were neighbors and he taught my 2 boys so much about farming. Their love of farming grew and grew because of him. They would come home at the end of each day full of fun stories about the day. We will mis his smiling face. Rest in Peace Farmer Bernard, we will miss you. Love, The Paul Judge Family
  • Debbie kiser

    on 06/27/17

    To the family of Bernard Wagemester. You have my deepest sympathy, I wish I could be there, just know that I'm thinking of you during your hour of need. I love you all> sending prayers and love your way.

    on 06/27/17

    I have many fond childhood memories of spending time with Uncle Bernard when we would come to Iowa for a visit. He loved to talk about farming and you knew that's what he was always meant to do. They don't make 'em like him any more! Rest in Peace Uncle Bernard...Love Pam Paulsen Beeler
  • Keith and Phyllis Jensen

    on 06/28/17

    so sorry for your loss of Bernard very nice man

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