July 21, 1934-Nov. 22, 2013
TRACY - Mass of Catholic Burial for Bernard John Van Moer, 79, of Tracy will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., today at the Tracy Area Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery following the funeral. Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
He died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at his farm.
Bernard "Bernie" Van Moer was born July 21, 1934, in Tracy. He graduated from Tracy High School in 1952. Following high school he enlisted in the National Guard and then the United States Army achieving the rank of sergeant. He reflected often on his time spent stationed in Germany. He noted he was a lucky man to serve during peace time and was honorably discharged in 1957. On June 17, 1959, he was united in marriage to Louise Prairie at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. Bernie and Louise began farming in the Milroy area eventually purchasing the family farm in rural Amiret from his father in 1970. He was blessed to witness his final harvest this fall. Bernie continued to be a man of service, serving many years on the Amiret Town Board, St. Mary's School board and parish council and Knights of Columbus. He took the most pride in service to family. He and Louise had nine children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to time with family he enjoyed reading, checking the crops, following the markets, and his daily "drive around the block."
Bernie is survived by his loving wife, Louise of 54 years; children, Mary (Ken) Schimnich, Joseph (Kathy), John (Theresa), Nancy (Tim) Cameron, Stephanie (Mike) Thomas, Kristen, Allison (Jamie) Stegeman, and Susan Vickerman; grandchildren, Craig (Maureen) and Amy Schimnich, Andrea (Josh) Schreier, Bernard "Ben" and Gavin Van Moer, Timothy (Mercy) Van Moer, Jacki (Troy Olson), Kristina Van Moer, Nathan and Sarah Cameron, Lydia and John Thomas, Seyla, Maesa, and Nora Stegeman and Anna Vickerman; great-grandchildren, Ethan Schreier, Elijah Van Moer, and Kieran Schimnich; siblings, Mary Jo Christopherson, Joseph "Buzz" Van Moer, Frances Forsman, Dorothy (Tom) Wilson, and Barbara (Marion) Welch.
He is preceded in death by infant daughter, Mary Louise; parents, Joseph and Helen Van Moer; mother-in-law, Louise Prairie; in-laws, Rollie Moore, Robert Christopherson, Jay Forsman, Rose Van Moer, and Delores Wegele.