Bernard St. Germain

IRON RIVER – Bernard J. St. Germain, 90, of Iron River, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

He was born April 10, 1922, in Iron River, son of the late Arthur and Leah M. (Verville) St. Germain. He attended the Iron River Schools, graduating from Iron River High School with the Class of 1941.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, completing the Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program, and played in the 32nd Army Air Force Band. He was a Michigan licensed registered barber since 1948.

Bernard married the former Nancy Miatech on July 16, 1964, and the couple were lifelong residents of the Iron River area. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in 2012. Nancy preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2012.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the oldest member of the American Legion Reino Post 21 of Stambaugh, and charter member of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Bernard was a military/civilian bugler for more than 60 years, serving at many military funeral rites. He enjoyed flying and fishing.

He is survived by his sons, Victor (Leigh) St. Germain of Coffee Springs, Ala. and Bernie Lee St. Germain of Flagstaff, Ariz.; daughters, Mary (Bill) Brown of Crystal Falls, Rose (Tom) Lazuk of Oak Lawn, Ill. and Debbie (David) Holmer of Fort Bragg, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Jacob, Justin and Amelia St. Germain, Michael and Amelia Lazuk, Zack Brown, Nicole Alexander and Cheryl Brockhaus; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Brockhaus; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Arthur St. Germain; sister, Dorothy Anderman; and granddaughter, Victoria St. Germain.

Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Funeral services will follow Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Dawn Treado Green to officiate.

Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River in the spring. The West Side Veterans will accord military rites at the graveside.

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Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.