Bernadine S. Wesenberg


Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Bernadine “Bernie” Wesenberg, age 97, who passed away Feb. 12, 2024, at Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Parish prayers were Thursday at the funeral home.

Bernie was born Nov. 9, 1926, in St. Cloud to Frank and Marie (Trutwin) Sobieck. She married Elmer Wesenberg Aug. 5, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Bernie was a homemaker and lived in Sauk Rapids all of her married life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Monica’s Society, Women’s Guild, St. Peter’s Mission Group, Immaculate Heart of Mary Secular Franciscans, and Living Rosary of North Prairie. She was also a member of Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254 Auxiliary. Faith was very important to Bernie. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, fishing, and making homemade ice cream on the Fourth of July. Bernie always made sure you didn’t leave her house without food and a blessing.

Survivors include her daughters and sons, Mary (Ralph) Stein of Richfield, Ann Henry of St. Ann, Missouri, Denis Wesenberg of Circle Pines, and Timothy Wesenberg of Sauk Rapids; sister Lorraine Wagner of Sartell; grandchildren Jason, Edie, Nathan, Roxanne, Russell, Rachelle and Christine; and extended family and friends. Bernie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer on Jan. 8, 1983; daughter, Barbara; sons Michael and Carl; granddaughter Christa Stein; brothers Joseph, Edward and Nicholas Sobieck; and sisters Patricia Abraham, Frances Wesenberg, Mary Ann Vogel and Josephine Sobieck.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Poor Clare’s Monastery.

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