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“Mary and family, We just learned of Bernie's passing yesterday. I spent only a minimal amount of time with the two of you, but I never forgot those...Read More »
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“Hi Mary and Family, I was so saddened to hear about Bernie... he has always had a place in my heart. I will keep you and your family in my prayers....Read More »
2 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“HE WAS SUCH A PERFECT GENTLEMEN; HE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. ”
3 of 58 | Posted by: DOUG & KAREN DINGMANN - RUSKIN, FL

“Mary and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tom, Marianne,TJ & Sean Gosse ”
4 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Mary and Family,I served many wonderful presidents of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Assn., but none kinder, more compassionate, or with more...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Gary Larson - Outing, MN

“Mary and Family:I was shocked to hear that Bernard passed away when Alan called me yesterday. He was always such a pleasant guy always brightened my...Read More »
6 of 58 | Posted by: Dick Lindeke - Duluth, MN

“Dear Mary and the Schad family,We were so sorry to learn of Bernie's death. We remember having a wonderful visit with you and Bernie in Lanesboro...Read More »
7 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mary, We are so sorry to learn of Bernie's death. We know you will miss him dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers for God's comfort for...Read More »
8 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Mike - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ray & Dana Schlegel ”
9 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Mike,I just read of your fathers passing. John and I send our sympathy to you and your family. We are sorry for your loss. Donis and John Peters,...Read More »
10 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Joe - My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family in this difficult time.I will always remember standing next to your father, on the Missouri...Read More »
11 of 58 | Posted by: Scott Roe - Minneapolis, MN

“Mary and Family,Bernie was a great person. My mother, Jean Peterson, sang for many funerals in the Grey Eagle area which he directed. Bernie always...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: Gloria Moran & Family - MN

“Thanks for everything Bernie. Wish Pat and family the best always.The Bell's ”
13 of 58 | Posted by: Mike Bell

“Mary and Family,Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. We will miss Bernie a great deal, he was always someone you...Read More »
14 of 58 | Posted by: Joe and Alyssa Rosenberger - MN

“Mary and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bernie's death. He was such a wonderful man and an asset to the community. We are sorry we cannot be...Read More »
15 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Mike & Kerry and to the Schad family,So sorry to read about the passing of your dad. Want to send our deepest sympathy to you two and to your family...Read More »
16 of 58 | Posted by: Sue Paulsen - St Cloud, MN

“Bernie will greatly be missed by the communities that he has served for so many years. I am thankful for all that he did for the community and my...Read More »
17 of 58 | Posted by: Lisa (Inderrieden) Lahr

“My condolences to the Schad family. Forty years ago my infant daughter passed away. We were a young couple with no money. Bernie handled EVERYTHING...Read More »
18 of 58 | Posted by: Gene Deters

“My family and I thank you all for the wonderful words about my dad. This week has been so very, very hard, but keeping dad's smiling face in our...Read More »
19 of 58 | Posted by: Julie Schaefer - Melrose, MN

“Mary and family, my deepest sympathies. I only knew Bernie for a little over 5 years but I knew with in 5 minutes of meeting him I was his friend!...Read More »
20 of 58 | Posted by: Craig Lembcke - Lakeville Mn

“Mary & Family: My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sorrowful moment. Bernie will be remembered and sorely missed by all who knew him. ”
21 of 58 | Posted by: Roger Wiedl - New Ulm, MN

“Bernie was a wonderful & understanding man & will be missed by many in this area. You have our deepest sympathy ! ”
22 of 58 | Posted by: Art & Rosie Kerfeld - Melrose, MN

“So very sorry to hear of Bernie's death, our city has lost one of its GREATS he will be sadly missed by all that knew him or anyone who had any...Read More »
23 of 58 | Posted by: Brenda Berling

“Mary and Family I will always remember bernie for his kindness and compassion for others. every Sunday bring butch to church, always asking after the...Read More »
24 of 58 | Posted by: Joyce Rademacher

“Such a gentleman. Bernie will be missed by his friends and the community. ”
25 of 58 | Posted by: Mike Mathews - Minneapolis

“Our Prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. God Bless. ”
26 of 58 | Posted by: Charles Childs, Jr. - Chicago, IL

“I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Bernard( Bernie) Schad. He will be missed by His friends & family.Bernie Schad called me a couple weeks ago to...Read More »
27 of 58 | Posted by: John D. Meyer - St. Cloud,, MN

“Dear Mary & Family.I was so sorry to hear of Bernie's death. Remembering som of the nice times we had together at MFDA.Love and Prayers from AZ...Read More »
28 of 58 | Posted by: Howard Friedrich - Sioux Falls, SD

“Bernie will be greatly missed by a lot of people. He and my dad (Clem) were great friends in those early days at melrose/new munich and they both...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: Maria (bielefeld) - Isle Mn

“Bernie was a wonderful man. He had a unique way of lifting your spirits everytime you would see him. He was a real treasure in Funeral Service. ”
30 of 58 | Posted by: Gregg & Gail Bright - Andover, MN

“We were vey saddened to hear from Pat that Bernie had passed away. A man both Andrea and I will never forget. The kindness and hospitality we...Read More »
31 of 58 | Posted by: Nathan & Andrea Grubb - Washburn, ND

“Mary, we offer our deepest sympathies and pray for your comfort and peace, in this, God's greatest mystery.Have never met a finer man. Have...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Alan and Karen Matchinsky - MN

“Bernie was just the nicest man. Not just nice, but also interesting, passionate about his interests such as sports and fishing, and a lot of fun. I...Read More »
33 of 58 | Posted by: Ann Wickstrom (Jung) - Prior Lake

“Your family is in my thoughts. ”
34 of 58 | Posted by: Diane Walz

“Joel and I have very heavy hearts...feeling the sadness for the Schad family that Bernie has passed away. We loved Bernie. We will never forget how...Read More »
35 of 58 | Posted by: Joel and Shannon LaCanne

“Mary and family - So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Always enjoyed talking to...Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: Wendy Schneider - Plainview, MN

“Countless families have experienced Bernie's compassion and professionalism during their time of sorrow. My Dad greatly admired Bernie &...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: Judy Moening - St. cloud, MN

“Julie & family,Our condolences to you all, I only met Bernie briefly, but felt very welcomed by him immediately - I know that he will be sadly missed. ”
38 of 58 | Posted by: Brenda Hornick - Brownton, MN

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Schad families. Bernie was one of those guys that you strive to be like. He always had a big hug, a huge smile...Read More »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Michael Schaber - St. Charles, MN

“Bernie~I will miss your stories. God's blessings to the Schad Family. ”
40 of 58 | Posted by: Tom Eickhoff

“Bernie touched so many lives when people were going through very difficult times. So many of us have a memory of Bernie's kind words and...Read More »
41 of 58 | Posted by: Robert & Joyce Hens

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. He will be missed. The Dave Bertram Family ”
42 of 58 | Posted by: Joyce Bertram - Melrose, MN

“Mary & family my heart weeps for you with the loss of your husband & father. He was a great man who had compassion and love for everyone he met. ”
43 of 58 | Posted by: Shirle Hiltner - Melrose, MN

“Bernie, was a wonderful person, with a kind soul, as I saw this, on the day of Rita Loxtercamp's funeral...We cried and hugged and he spoke so...Read More »
44 of 58 | Posted by: Melanie Loxtercamp - Ramsey, MN

“When I'd stop by the funeral home, Bernie was always welcoming, friendly and smiling! My heart goes out to Bernie's family, friends,...Read More »
45 of 58 | Posted by: Todd Carlson - Abilene, TX

“Bernie was always a kind and generous man. He was thought of highly through out the community and central MN. We send our condolences to Bernie's...Read More »
46 of 58 | Posted by: Joni (Bromen) Maleska - Melrose, MN

“We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Bernie. He was a great man, had a great smile and loved telling stories, that could go on for as...Read More »
47 of 58 | Posted by: Shelley Lano

“Everyone will miss Bernie Schad - his friendliness, professionalism, and his compassionate feelings to all in the Melrose area. My sympathy to...Read More »
48 of 58 | Posted by: Peggy Newberg - Grey Eagle, MN

“Bernie was a wonderful man. He always had a beautiful smile on his face that I will never forget. Such a kind, gentle, loving man. We will all...Read More »
49 of 58 | Posted by: Pam Carlson - Blaine, MN

“Mary and family,Our condolences to all of you.What a lost to the Melrose community.John and Shirley (Loecken) Adrian ”
50 of 58 | Posted by: John and Shirley Adrian - Albany, MN

“Mary & Kids; Sorry to hear about Bernie's passing and also to think Elmer passed away on the same day..They were two great people and will be...Read More »
51 of 58 | Posted by: Tom & Peg Herges - Scotland, SD

“Mary, Julie, Joe, Mike, Patrick and family,Bernie was such a special man, my sadness is with all of you. He was one of the kindest persons I will...Read More »
52 of 58 | Posted by: Diane Peterson - Lake Havasu City, AZ

“Julie and Family, My deepest sympathy is with you and your family. Donna Witucki-Fruth ”
53 of 58 | Posted by: Donna Witucki-Fruth - Sauk Rapids, MN

“Julie and Family, Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family. ”
54 of 58 | Posted by: Corrine and Jim Dykstra - Eagan, MN

“My condolences to the family.I only knew Bernie through his handling of the losses in my family.I found him to be incredibly patient, insightful,...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Debra Matchinsky - Minneapolis, MN

“He was a wonderful man who was well respected in the area. May God bless him and his family and friends during this time. ”
56 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss.Julie his daughter I knew well. Am so sorry for your loss Julie. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
57 of 58 | Posted by: Rita Scherping-Arendt - St.Cloud, MN

“Mary and family, With both Russ and I being in Madison, WI at this time of mourning for a great man....we are sending you these thoughts via this...Read More »
58 of 58 | Posted by: Mary and Russ Sieben - Melrose, MN


Bernard J. "Bernie" Schad, age 80 of Melrose, died unexpectedly following a massive heart attack Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 10 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Marvin Enneking will officiate with interment following in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

Bernie Schad was born September 30, 1931 in Rochester, Minnesota to Christian and Catherine (Schneider) Schad. He grew up on a farm near Plainview and was a 1949 graduate of Plainview High School. He served in the U.S. Army and then attended St. Cloud State University, where he met Mary Lano. They were married on September 27, 1958 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale, Minnesota. The couple resided in Maple Lake and he worked and attended college. He commuted to the University of Minnesota for his senior year and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. He began work as a funeral director at Werness Brothers Funeral Home in south Minneapolis and then Evans-Nordby Funeral Home in Osseo. In 1966 they moved to Melrose and he began serving the community and surrounding areas as their funeral director. He later expanded Schad Funeral Homes to include the funeral homes in Grey Eagle, Sauk Centre, and Freeport. In 1993 the funeral homes were sold to Pat and Sue Patton of Sauk Centre and Bernie continued to work until his retirement from full-time funeral directing in 1995. Over the past 16 years he had continued to work at the funeral home whenever he was needed, which included participating in the Annual Service of Remembrance held just the day before his death.

Bernie was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he was a lector and usher. He was a former member of the Melrose Lions Club, Melrose Knights of Columbus, and Melrose Jaycees. He was a past president of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and a past president of Meadowlark Country Club.There was no one more proud of his community than Bernie Schad. He was instrumental in recruiting and hiring four doctors for the Melrose Clinic and Hospital. He was known as the Dutchmen Superfan for his long-time support of all athletic events at Melrose High School and was instrumental in the formation of the 740 Club. He was involved in planning the Melrose Centennial Celebration in 1972, was the emcee of the Miss Melrose Pageant for many years, was named an honorary Mpls. Aquatennial Commodore, and led the drive to raise funds for a grand piano for the new high school auditorium. Over the years he mentored many young people in the community and in his profession. He was a long-time member of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA), serving as president in 1986-87, and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).

Survivors include his wife, Mary Schad of Melrose; four children, Julie (Mel) Schaefer of Melrose, Joe (Angela) Schad of Maple Grove, Mike (Kerry) Schad of West Yellowstone, Montana, and Patrick (Teresa) Schad of Melrose; ten grandchildren, Ben (Lane) Schaefer of Sauk Centre, Jillian (J.J.) Megge of South Lyon, Michigan, Jon (Jessica) Schaefer of St. Cloud, Joey (friend, Jenna Burns) Schaefer of St. Cloud, Tucker Landis of Minneapolis, Samantha Schad of Maple Grove, Mandy Lakso of Superior, Wisconsin, Kanika Lakso of West Yellowstone, Montana, Gracie and Logan Schad of Melrose; two great-grandsons, Jordan Schaefer and Tyson Lakso; six brothers and sisters, Mike (Marge) Schad of Grove City, Ohio, Jeanine Ryan of Rochester, Virginia (Dave) Carlson of St. Michael, Suzanne (Jim) Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tom Schad of Burnsville, Loretta (John Hendrickson) Gosse of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Christian; sisters, Marilyn Muller and Kate Schaber; brothers, Chris and John Schad.

Serving as casket bearers will be Ben, Jon and Joey Schaefer, Jillian Megge, Tucker Landis, Joe Leach, Santo and Tomas Cruz. Cross bearer will be Patrick Patton and scripture bearer will be Joanne Cruz.