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Published January 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

Francis "Frank" Bernhardt

Francis “Frank” Joseph Bernhardt, 71, Fargo, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Essentia Health in Fargo. He was born on September 6, 1941 in Strasburg, ND to Eugene and Maggie (Roehrich) Bernhardt. He spent his childhood in Fargo.

On May 25, 1963 he married Carol Brandvold at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead, MN. He worked as an estimator and buyer at Midwest Mechanical Inc. for many years, and in 1974 he was named Vice President of the sheet metal department. Frank later started his own company, Bernhardt Sheet Metal, Inc. and ran this business for 27 years.

Francis "Frank" Bernhardt

Francis “Frank” Joseph Bernhardt, 71, Fargo, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Essentia Health in Fargo. He was born on September 6, 1941 in Strasburg, ND to Eugene and Maggie (Roehrich) Bernhardt. He spent his childhood in Fargo.

On May 25, 1963 he married Carol Brandvold at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead, MN. He worked as an estimator and buyer at Midwest Mechanical Inc. for many years, and in 1974 he was named Vice President of the sheet metal department. Frank later started his own company, Bernhardt Sheet Metal, Inc. and ran this business for 27 years.

In his spare time, Frank was an avid hunter, loved watching NASCAR, and enjoyed restoring vintage vehicles. He was acclaimed for his hobby when he won a first place trophy from the World of Wheels for the restoration of at 1955 Chevy hard top he pulled from the Red River. Some of his favorite times were spent dancing at the Sheet Metal Union Hall.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons, Brad (Linda), Dave (Deb), Jeff (Cindy); sisters, Lillian Benesch, Rosemary Ramsett, and Marge (Roy) Klinger, Sandi (Rick) Andersen; brother, Gene; and four grandchildren, Bryce, Cody, Katie, and Amber.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Georgina Serio.

There will be a visitation from 2-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, followed by a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013 with a visitation one hour prior.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. To view the complete obituary and to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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