The Obit For Bernie St. Peter

Bernard V. St. Peter

Published in Pioneer Press from October 30 to November 1, 2011

Beloved Father, Grandpa & Great-grandpa Age 85, of South St. Paul. Passed away peacefully on October 28, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Preceded in death by his wife Audrey. Bernie will be deeply missed by his children, Pat (Tom Darden), Tom (Patrice), Gerri Weber (Frank), Leigh Ann Comb (Dave), Mark (Lisa); his grandchildren, Natalie, Sara and Ali Weber; Joe, Jim (Josie), and Tom St. Peter; Jon and Sam St. Peter; and Claire Darden; and his great-grandchild Averi St. Peter.

Bernie graduated from Cretin High School in 1943. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bernie graduated from St. Thomas College with a Social Studies degree and joined the Toni Company, which later became Gillette.

Bernie served on the So. St. Paul School Board, and was a member of the boards of District Energy St. Paul and the Building Owners and Managers Association. He retired after 35 years with Gillette and then began a new chapter of his life in 1984 as a volunteer serving as the first President of the newly-established South St. Paul Educational Foundation, which, as a result of the commitment of Bernie and many others, has given over $3,100,000 in academic scholarships to over 2,100 graduating seniors from So. St. Paul High School since the Foundation's inception.

Bernie will be remembered for the role he played in building the Foundation and for the difference he has made in the lives of many students who were able to go on to get a post-high school education.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of Allina Hospice, as well as many family members and family friend Cookie Funk Unger who provided care to Bernie in the last months of Bernie's life.

Bernie was blessed with a sharp mind, quick wit, and positive attitude filled with dignity which he demonstrated up through the last day of his life.

Bernie will be dearly missed by all.

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 19th Avenue North @ Bromley St., SSP. Visitation Tuesday 4:00-8:00 p.m. at ENGLISH-MEEKER & KANDT FUNERAL HOME, 140 8th Avenue North, SSP and Visitation Wednesday 10-11 a.m. at Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

A special thanks to Dr. James Wiberg and Dr. Craig Howe & staff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bernie's memory may be made to the So. St. Paul Educational Foundation or donor's choice. 651-455-5352