Bernard C. Kreye - Wabasha

Bernard Charles Kreye passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the Kindred Acute Care Hospital in Greenfield, Wis., surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Wabasha, to the late Henry and Mary (Loechler) Kreye. He was educated at Pepin Hill School and later attended high school in town. He then served in the US Army at the end of WWII. He married Marcine (Befort) on April 30, 1955, in Waukegan, Ill., where they started a family. They later resided in Beach Park, Ill. Bernie worked for the Waukegan Water Department and then he worked as a plumber for J. W. Peterson Plumbing and later for Krejci Plumbing in Skokie. He thoroughly enjoyed his profession. He worked in many hospitals and schools in northern Illinois.

He was a member of Plumbers Local Union 93. Ben loved children and served on the Cub Scout committee for Pack 68 and later was Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 79 in Beach Park, Ill. After he retired he enjoyed making wooden furniture for family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marcine; five sons, Jeffrey (Linda), John (Diane), Daniel (Sharon), Gregory (Debbie) and Charles (Cindy); and two daughters, Lori and Julie. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Rebecca, Matthew, Kimberly, Timothy, Karolyn, Katelyn, Jayna, Colton, Sarah, Amy, Jennifer, Tiffany and Andrew; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen (Robert) Robelia, Pepin, Wis., and Lavina Dilger, Mountain Home, Ark.; one brother, Richard "Cracky" (Cornetta) Kreye, Wabasha; three sisters-in-law, Margaret (Julius) Kreye, Plainview, Margaret (Joseph) Kreye, Durand, Wis., and Florence Roemer, Beach Park, Ill.; two brothers-in-law, Alvin (Myoko) Befort, Anchorage, Alaska and Anthony (Mary Lou) Befort, Arlington, Texas; many nieces and nephews. Six brothers, three sisters, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law preceded him in death.

Bernard will be deeply missed.


A Funeral Mass will be offered Monday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Felix Catholic Church, with the Reverend Thomas Cook officiating. Interment will be in St. Felix Cemetery. The Wabasha American Legion Post #50 and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post #4086 will perform military rites.

Family and friends may cal at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and at the church on Monday one hour before the service.

The Abbott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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