Bernard A. Ellerbach

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Bernard A. Ellerbach, 94, of Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross and Guttenberg died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross and also one hour before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Noah Diehm.

Burial was in the Holy Cross Church Cemetery.

Bernard was born on April 7, 1922, in Holy Cross, the son of George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach. He married Margaret E. Freiburger on Nov. 23, 1943, in Rickardsville. Together they farmed northwest of Holy Cross for 34 years. His retirement began with the building of their new home on Thunder Road. He then kept busy gardening, helping his family with their farming endeavors, traveling, woodworking and bingo. He was a longtime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Holy Cross Catholic Church, and was involved in many other local organizations. His greatest joy was visiting with his friends and family.

Survivors include his seven children, Dale, Kenneth (Bea), and James (Karen) Ellerbach all of Holy Cross, Donna (John)Wagner of Luxemburg, Shirley (Van) Waggoner of Asbury, Judy (Steve) Brimeyer of Sherrill, and Randy Ellerbach of Guttenberg; 14 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren; a sister, Kay Daly of Bankston; a brother, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Modesta Koeperich of Dyersville; and a brother-in-law, Donald Cogan of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son, David; three brothers, Lawrence (Rose), Ernest and Bill (Gladys) Ellerbach; sister Bernice (Leander Steffen, Gilbert Honkomp); in-laws, Joan Ellerbach, James Daly, Emmett (Mildred) Freiburger, Irvin (Alberta) Freiburger, Louis (Marie) Freiburger, Irene (Larry) Adams, Rosemary (Francis) Ellerbach, Luella Cogan, and Rita (Ed Duster, Bob Weydert).

A Bernard A. Ellerbach Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to River Living Center and Oakcrest Manor for all they did to care for their dad. 

Information available and condolences accepted at

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