Bernard Andreas

Bernard Andreas

  • Funeral Date: 2/23/16
  • Funeral Time: 7:00 P.M.
  • Date of Birth: 10/03/42
  • Date of Death: 2/20/16
  • Funeral Location: Bierman Funeral Home

Bernard Gregory Andreas was born October 3, 1942, in Little Chicago, Minnesota, to Mike and Anna Mary (Malecha) Andreas. He was raised in Webster, attending both country school near Webster and grade school in Veseli. Bernie graduated from Nazareth Hall High School in St. Paul and went on to St. Paul Seminary. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Army and served in combat during Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Minnesota and attended computer programming school at Control Data. In 1969, Bernie graduated from the College of St. Thomas with a BA in Humanities.

On June 7, 1969, Bernard married Lorraine Theresa Malecha at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. After marriage they made their home in Prior Lake. Bernie worked for Control Data, with AIC Computer Science in Huntsville, Alabama, and with IBM in Rochester. In 1977, they moved into their home in Hazelwood, where they raised their children. Bernie worked for Dain Bosworth in Minneapolis until retiring in 2004.

Bernie had a marvelous sense of humor and was always ready to laugh. He was a quiet man and people listened when he spoke – knowing he would say something funny or interesting, and sometimes both. Bernie loved to take things apart and repair them. Along with his dad and brothers, he enjoyed tinkering with antique vehicles with Lorraine as the tool holder and bolt marker. Bernie and Lorraine owned ‘57 Ford Retractables’ and over the years drove them in many parades. For many years Bernie belonged to the Knights of Columbus, serving in the annual hamburger/hot dog booth at Defeat of Jesse James Days. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family. As his dementia progressed, Bernie continued to smile – moving to Three Links in 2010.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Lorraine; 5 children: Bernard (Kari) of Webster, Reed (Paula) of Northfield, Jessica (Scot) Beebe of Green Isle, Michelle (Tony) Splichal of Randolph, Steven (Tammy) of Dundas; 13 grandchildren: Katja, Troy, Kourtney, Johnathan and Alesha Andreas, Jordan Andreas, Rebecca, Collin, Wendy, Andrea, Daniel, Tyler and Julia Splichal; 3 sisters: Anne Marie (Joe) Michlovic of Pennsylvania, Alice Deutsch of Burnsville, Stephanie (Mark) Waletzko of North Branch; 3 brothers: Andy (Barb) of Rosemount, Michael (Gail) and James (Lori), both of Lakeville; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

With his family by his side, Bernie passed away Saturday morning, February 20, 2016, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, at the age of 73.

At 4:00PM on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, visitation will be at the Bierman Funeral Home, and will be preceded by Military Honors that will be held outside the funeral home. At 7:00PM there will be a service held to celebrate Bernard’s life.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home. www.biermanfuneralhome.com

6 comments

  1. Michael Andreas

    Bern will alway be my big brother – thank you for EVERYTHING Bern!

    Lorraine and Family, please know we are here for you…

  2. Susan Franek

    Sending prayers to all the family! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Paul and Kathy Flicek

    So very sorry to hear about your loss. Sending our thoughts and prayers! May your memories console you!

  4. Chad Mellies

    Sorry for your loss. Our deepest symphonies our with your family.

  5. So sorry for your loss. My sympathies to Lorraine. Love you.

  6. Brett Stadler

    I’m so sorry I was not able to make it to the wake and celebration of life today for Bernie. Please know my thoughts and sympathies are with the you all.