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Bernett (Bernie) Nickel

July 23, 2012
The Journal

Bernett (Bernie) Nickel, age 85 of Sanborn, MN, entered into eternal peace on July 22, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Bernie was born May 5, 1927, in Germantown Township of Cottonwood County, to Henry and Irene (Stocker) Nickel. He attended rural school in Germantown Township. Bernie married Marjorie Hubert on August 15, 1948, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lamberton, MN. He and Marjorie worked side by side on the family farm where he was born and raised; they continued to help their two sons after retiring. He was a member of the Red Rock United Methodist Church and the Cottonwood County Beef Producers and also served on several boards. One activity that brought Bernie great joy was his thirty-year membership in the Windom Area Chordhustlers. Bernett enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his passion was farming. Bernie often said he never worked a day in his life, because he loved what he did. After retirement, Bernie loved to attend as many activities as possible especially those of his grandchildren.

Bernett is lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly sixty-four years, Marjorie; daughter Victoria (Steven) Koehn, of Red Wing, MN; two sons, Steven (Mary) Nickel, of Sanborn, MN and William (Kimberly) Nickel, of Sanborn, MN; eight grandchildren, Candace, Patrick, Adam, Brittni (Brent) Baune, Turner, Cierra, Crystalline and Bobbe.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Irene Smith; daughter, Penny Gray; sister, Helen Radtke; and infant brother, Dennis.

The funeral service for Bernett will be held on Wednesday, July 25, at the Red Rock United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., with Reverend Laechel officiating. Burial will be held at the Red Rock United Methodist Cemetery, immediately following the service.

Visitation will be at the Red Rock United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

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