Obit: Goodman, Bernard Martin #2 (1919 - 2008)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Goodman, Smasal, Duce, Jenneman, Waichulis, Sapp, Brunswick, Zornes, Simonson, Longmore, Theisen, Smith, Apfelbeck

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) June 25, 2008

Goodman, Bernard Martin (21 April 1919 - 23 June 2008)

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Bernard M. Goodman, age 89, of Thorp, died at Oakbrook Health & Rehab in Thorp, on Monday, June 23, 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2008 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp. Father Keith Apfelbeck will officiate and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Huron. Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Thursday, June 26, 2008 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. Rosary service, and at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Bernard Martin Goodman was born on April 21, 1919, in Chippewa Falls, the son of Bernard A. and Barbara M. (Smasal) Goodman. He attended elementary school in Drywood, where his family farmed. His mother passed away when he was eight. Bernard then lived with uncles and aunts, Arthur and Maime Duce, and John and Mary Smasal. He attended elementary schools in Cadott and Edson, and high school in Stanley.

Bernard served in the National Guard while in high school. After high school, he moved to Fallon, Nevada where he worked in mining and bridge construction. Bernard was united in marriage to Bernice Jenneman on February 14, 1942, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Boyd. The couple farmed in the Town of Delmar, Chippewa County, and in the Town of Worden, Clark County. They took a break from farming, living in the Town of Anson, Chippewa County, while Bernard worked at Chippewa Woolen Mills. They moved to the Town of Ludington, Eau Claire County, where they owned and operated the Pine View Tavern. After a few years in the tavern business, they purchased a farm in the Town of Aurora, Taylor County, which they owned and operated for 29 years. In July 1980, they sold their farm and moved to Thorp, where Bernard has resided since.

Bernard was a church trustee and member of the Holy Name Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huron. He served as a volunteer leader for the Poplar Grove 4-H Club, helping youth with electricity and forestry projects. Bernard loved fishing, hunting, camping, playing cards (cribbage and sheepshead), vacationing in the western United States, and most of all he enjoyed the company of his family, friends, and neighbors. No matter where he went, Bernard was sure to either meet someone he knew or make a new friend. Bernard touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed.

Bernard is survived by his three sons: Douglas (Margaret) of Lafayette, CO, Dennis (companion Marge Waichulis) of Stratford, and Brian (Kathleen) of Eau Claire; eight grandchildren: Beverly (David) Sapp, Michelle Brunswick, Chester (Lisa) Goodman, Victoria Zornes, Shawn (Brandi) Goodman, Steven Goodman, Kristin (Derek) Simonson, and Samuel Goodman; seven great-grandchildren: Autumn and Jason Longmore, David Sapp, Dustin Goodman, Zachary Zornes, and Leah and Connor Goodman; one great-great granddaughter, Jordyn Rae Sapp; three sisters-in-law: Ernestine Theisen, Lee Jenneman, and Bev Jenneman; one brother-in-law, Floyd Jenneman; and many nieces and nephews.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice on April 6, 2008; one infant daughter; one sister, Ruth Goodman; one brother, John Goodman; two sisters-in-law, Mary Goodman and Eunice Smith; and three brothers-in-law: Joseph Jenneman, Floyd Theisen, and Clarence Jenneman.

Bernard’s family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Oakbrook Health & Rehab for the wonderful care they provided him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Thorp Catholic School.

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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