Barry K. Bertelsen

BarryBertelsenHeadShotBarry Knute Bertelsen, 72, of Holmen, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 7, 2013. He was born April 21, 1940, to Knute and Ethel (Johnson) Bertelsen. He graduated from Holmen High School in 1958. On April 21, 1962, he married Marion Holthaus at Zion Lutheran Church in Galesville. He worked for the majority of his professional life at Park Bank, previously Bank of Holmen, from 1969 until his retirement in 2002.

Barry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marion; his children, Brenda (Patrick) Burke of Madison, Wis., Kristine (Daniel) Patterson of Middleton, Wis., and Brian (Sheila) Bertelsen of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Patrick Burke, Margaret, Katherine and Elleanor Patterson, and Bailey and Megan Bertelsen.  He is also survived by sisters Kay (Rollo) Taylor and Alice (Michael Drew) Hanson-Drew; and brothers Ronald (Janet) Bertelsen, Michael (Cynthia) Bertelsen and David (Maureen) Bertelsen; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Robert Michael Patterson; his parents; and his parents-in-law, James and Marie Holthaus.

Barry was a busy Holmen booster all his life. He was an active member of the Holmen Lion’s Club since the 1960s and received the Melvin Jones Fellow award for his humanitarian service. He coordinated the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign since the early 1970s. Barry was active in bringing a branch of the La Crosse County Library to Holmen. He spearheaded the campaign to create the Holmen-Halfway Creek bike trail. He received the Holmen Viking Alumni Award in 2002. Barry was a long-time member of Holmen Lutheran Church and served the congregation in various capacities, including president of the congregation. All of his activities helped make the Holmen community a better place.

Barry enjoyed golfing, curling, and going for T-Bird rides with Marion among many other pastimes. His grandchildren were one of the great joys of his life.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 11 at Holmen Lutheran Church, Holmen. Pastor Matt Toso and Pastor Dan Henderson will officiate and burial will follow at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, March 10, from 5-8 p.m. at Holmen Lutheran Church and again on Monday, March 11, at the church from 9 a.m. until the time service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Barry Bertelsen Memorial Fund.

Barry’s family is thankful for the wonderful care he received from the staff of Gundersen-Lutheran At Home Hospice, for the support from the Holmen Lutheran Church family, especially Pastor Matt, Pastor Dan and the Food Ministry, and for the many cards, letters of support and hugs he and they received throughout this difficult time.

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15 Responses to Barry K. Bertelsen

  1. Hon. John Petter Anderson says:

    It is with my deepest sympathies I write this note. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Sigurd Hanson, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Barry. I know how difficult this must be for his family and friends. Barry was always a pillar of strength for everyone…a special beacon representing humanity for the community. I always appreciated the inspiring kindness he would share everytime I would meet him at the bank or community functions when I would visit Wisconsin. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God’s strength and blessings during this time and always.

  3. Carol Peterson, Onalaska says:

    Marion, my deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. May you be wrapped in the love of Jesus and strengthened by God’s peace.

  4. Don Heidel says:

    Barry was well known for being the person who would step to the plate when needed. A go-to guy that would always work hard to complete a task, use his connections , and be the wholesome example to all of us. He and Marion proved that a loving relationship could be made of mutual consideration– along with hard work.

    Barry will be missed by many people in many ways.

  5. Nancy (Roberts) Erickson says:

    We, the class of ’58, will miss Barry, one we claim as ours. While many of us scattered here and there, we left our best for you, Holmen! We thank his wife and family for sharing his time for the betterment of the community. Our sympathy and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, ’58 Vikings

  6. Glenn Gossfeld says:

    My deepest sympathies to Barry’s family. I hadn’t seen him for a number of years, but remember him very well. I think of his far-reaching family often and the many connections. My prayers are with you. Hope to see you sometime soon in La Crosse, or Brenda in Madison! === GOOSE, Brookfield, WI

  7. Louise Sedevie-Lawrynk says:

    My sympathy goes out to Barry’s family. I taught with Kay the last 12 years of her career so although I did not know Barry or his immediate family personally I feel I knew him as a great person because of Kay. We shared so much over our years of teaching and beyond that I have heard so many wonderful things about Kay’s side of her family and how close you all have been as well as all the good times you have shared. Hopefully all your wonderful memories will help you through this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Kay, Rollo and family, please know you have my sincere sympathy.

  8. Egloff family says:

    The Holmen area has lost a good one…Barry has always been one to help when needed.l Hopefully the mold was not broken because the world could use a lot more like Barry.Sympathy goess out to Marion and family.

  9. Dave Johnson and Family says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Marion and the rest of the family. May he rest in peace.

  10. steven pollack says:

    steve pollack says a great loss and will miss his friendship alot rest in peace

  11. Always a smile. Never an unkind word to or about any one. Always a listening ear and a word of encouragement. The world has lost a good man and a kind soul. Barry you always inspired me to battle on. thank you. I will always remember you and what you said to me. Pam.

  12. Tom and Viola (Hoff) Skogen says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of the Bertelsen family. I was in 4-H with Barry.

  13. Ben Krueger says:

    I am a better person for having known Barry. His participation and influence with the Boy Scouts where I was a scout with his son Brian created many good memories for me. My thoughts and prayers are with Marion and his family.

  14. Our thoughts & prayers are with Marion and the rest of the family. Barry was a huge influence on our club helping us achieve our many goals. As our Zone Chairman, he was a great leader and inspired all of us – Reaching, Touching & Improving Lives! Thank You Barry!

  15. Ellen Hesselberg says:

    Dear Marion, Brenda, Kristine, and Brian,
    Barry was a kind gentleman, always ready to volunteer, greet a person by name,
    and share a smile with a pat on the shoulder. I will remember him from church and around town.
    Thank you for the uplifting funeral service! We are all still talking about how meaningful it was. The lunch at Drugan’s was delightful. Vanilla ice cream for desert was a very special touch.
    Blessings to your family,
    Ellen Hesselberg

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