Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Steven J. Bernholtz, 57
Steven Jude Bernholtz, 57, of Waltham, died on July 28, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1951 in Lake City, Iowa, son of Don and Bev (Schwartz) Bernholtz. Steve graduated from Lake City High School in 1969. As a young adult he worked for Dr. Mally as a veterinarian technican. After high school he attended college in Waseca, Minn. and then returned to work for Mally, Boettcher and Armbrecht in Lake City, Minn. On June 9, 1973, Steve married Casey Budgett, and they made their first home in Waseca, later moving to Waltham. They were together for 35 loving years, until Casey lost her battle to cancer on Nov. 22, 2008.
More than anything, Steve loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, which was evident by the small park he had set up at his house for the grandchildren to enjoy. Steve had many hobbies. All of them included being outdoors. He enjoyed team roping, riding horses and he rarely missed a day of shooting his bow. Steve owned and operated Bernholtz Trucking.
Surviving are three daughters, Jill (Roy) Baker, Austin, Jenessa (Nic) Hill, Winona and Danielle Bernholtz (fiance, Russ Crabtree), Austin; five grandchildren: Terren, Kasey and Rylee Baker, Wyatt Crabtree and Cameron Hill; mother and father, Don and Bev Bernholtz, Lake City, Iowa; brother, Tom (Darel) Bernholtz, Denison; three sisters: Susie (Daryl) Reiling, Carroll, Iowa; Ann (Jeff) Wenck, Lidderdale and Kris (Scott) Bender, of Spencer, Iowa.
Steve was preceded in death by his loving wife, Casey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2008, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin with Father Dale Tupper officiating. Interment is at Greenwood Cemetery, Brownsdale. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Worlein Funeral Home, Austin, and one hour prior to the service at church. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Casket bearers are Steve Janssen, Rick Neuvirth, Darrell Trom, Phil Hatten, Pat Pokorney, Dale Underwood.