The Obit For Bill Bendsen

William J. Berndsen
(1932 - 2010)

Published in Belleville News-Democrat from May 16 to May 17, 2010

William J. "Bill" Berndsen, 77, of Breese, Ill., born Oct. 30, 1932, in Breese, Ill., died Friday, May 14, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese, Ill.

Mr. Berndsen was a budget analyst for Troscom (Troop Support Command) in St. Louis, Mo. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War era. He was a member of St. Dominic Parish, the American Legion Post 252 and received a 50 year membership award on March 15, 2005. He was also a long-time member and former president of the Breese Library. He graduated from St. Dominic High School and went on to study at Notre Dame. He then played baseball for the Fresno Cardinals, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. He was then drafted into the military, later married and then received his bachelor of science degree from McKendree College and his MBA from Webster University. He enjoyed golf, baseball and watching his grandchildren's sporting events.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elizabeth, nee Hagen, Berndsen; a grandson, Nicholas Berndsen; three sisters, Eleanor Berndsen, Antoinette Berndsen and Jane Koch; and a brother-in-law, Norb Feltrop.

Surviving are his wife, DeEtta F. "De," nee Steinmann, Berndsen of Breese, Ill., whom he married on Nov. 30, 1957, in Breese, Ill.;, son, Mark (Barb) Berndsen and their children, Phillip and Drew of Breese, Ill.; one daughter, Michelle (Robert) Brandkamp and their children, Alicia and Jenna of Spokane, Wash.; and one sister, Vera Feltrop of Breese, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010, and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Hempen Funeral Home in Breese, Ill. The American Legion will visit the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, Ill., with the Rev. Patrick Peter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese, Ill.