Bernadette King, 84, of Eagle Bend, passed away on February 12, 2018. Funeral services for Bernadette will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clarissa with Fr. Mitchell Bechtold officiating. Friends may begin calling on Friday, February 16, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clarissa, 105 John Street S, Clarissa, MN 56440 and on the day of the funeral one hour prior to the service at the church. Christian Mother’s Rosary will be held at 3:45 p.m. and a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Friday. Interment will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Clarissa.
Bernadette was born February 14, 1933, in Bluffton to Joseph & Olivia (Zahler) Langer. She attended St. John’s Parochial in Bluffton and graduated from St. Francis High School in Little Falls in 1951. Bernadette married Arlan A. King at St. John’s Baptist Church in Bluffton on May 2, 1953. After they were married, they lived in Minneapolis for a short time before moving to Lakeville until 1975. In 1975 they moved to Eagle Bend where all seven children graduated from high school. Bernadette worked various jobs including H&R Block in Wadena, and Tri County Hospital from 1985 until her retirement at the age of 75 in 2009.
Bernadette always had her faith and her family as her priority. She stayed very active even after retirement attending her grandkid's sporting events, birthday parties, and weddings. Bernadette loved to dance the last dance at the King family weddings, which by tradition is Piano Man from Billy Joel. Bernadette was very involved in St. Joseph's Church in Clarissa. She was also involved with the Browerville Food Shelf, Clarissa Senior Center Christian Women and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Bernadette also enjoyed crocheting.
Bernadette is preceded in death by her parents; husband Arlan in 2000; daughter-in-law Renee King, brother Reinhold and his wife Izzy Langer, Sister Lydia Langer OSF, brothers-in-law Rich Geiser and Ron Corbett.
Bernadette is survived by her children: Chris (Pam) King of Clarissa, Dan King of Eagle Bend, Jeff (Joanne) King of Ft. Ripley, Michele (Pete) McCleary of Belgrade, Steven (Marci) King of Fergus Falls, Patrick (Michelle) King of Fergus Falls, Kevin (Amy) King of Fergus Falls, Jeanette King of Clarissa; 22 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; siblings: Agnes Geiser, Richard (Mary) Langer, Irene Corbett, Alfred (Barbara) Langer, Ben (Zerrin) Langer, Leo (Helen) Langer; brothers-in-law Wayne King, Darrell (Lucy) King, Loren (Debbie) King; sister-in-law Marilyn (Ron) Sheetz and many nieces, nephews and friends.