Willard Edward Estrem

Willard Edward Estrem

  • Funeral Date: 6/20/15
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Date of Birth: 6/08/25
  • Date of Death: 6/15/15
  • Funeral Location: Church of St. Dominic, Northfield

Willard Edward Estrem, age 90, of rural Nerstrand, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 – 7 PM on Friday, June 19, 2015 and will continue for one hour prior to the service, all at church.

Willard was born on June 8, 1925 in Northfield to Helmer and Elsie (Smith) Estrem. He received his education at the Fagen Country School. He then began working alongside his dad on the family farm.

On September 14, 1946 he was united in marriage to Bernice Klahr at The Church of St. Dominic. Their marriage was blessed with 6 children. Willard and Bernice resided for 2 years on a farm in rural Dennison before moving to a farm in rural Nerstrand. They farmed here for many years until him and Bernice moved to the farm site where he spent the remainder of his years. Throughout his life Willard and Bernice raised various crops and operated a family dairy farm. Willard retired from farming in 1990, but continued to help his sons up until 2010.

Willard was very active in the community. He was Northfield Township Supervisor for 36 years, lifelong member of Knights of Columbus and Rice County Farm Bureau member for 30 years. He served on numerous boards including: Planning and Zoning, Rice County Variance, FMHA, and St. Dominics Church Council. Most recently Willard and Bernice were named Farm Family of the year.

Willard enjoyed dancing every Saturday night at the Northfield Ballroom, he loved to play cards with family and friends and mowing lawn along with the love of his wife, Bernice. Willard and Bernice enjoyed traveling with all of their friends, especially to Florida during the winter.

Willard is survived by his wife of 68 years Bernice; sons, Jim (former spouse Gretchen) of Northfield, Mark (Jeanne), Steve (Lorie), David (Renee), and Kevin (Leanne) all of Nerstrand; daughter, Lisa Riemenschneider of New Richmond, WI; grandchildren, Clarice (Pat) DeGrood, Crystal (Tim) Pieper, Matt (Melissa) Estrem, Andrew (Belinda) Estrem, Nick Estrem, Marcia (Lee) Cronce, Lynnette (Nick) Erickson, Travis (Alyssa) Estrem, Derek Estrem, Michael Estrem, Madeline Riemenschneider and Grant Riemenschneider; great grandchildren, Breanna and Karlie Jo DeGrood, Allison Estrem, Braden and Anna Cronce, and Aaden and Collin Estrem; sisters, Elouise (Milo) Quinnell, Beldora Quinnell, and Janet (James) Topp; brother-in-law, Owen Chavie; sister-in-law, Maxine Halverson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Edwin, Barb, Lorraine, and Helmer in infancy.

Memorials Preferred to Northfield Hospice or the Church of St. Dominic.

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