March 28, 2019

Bernard “Ben” Nickolas Ertl, 96, of Litchfield, passed away Thursday, March 28, at Meeker Manor Rehabilitation Center in Litchfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Litchfield. The Rev. Jeff Horejsi will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, both at St. Phillip Catholic Church. Parish prayers will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church followed by Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements are with Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service.

Bernard “Ben” Ertl was born April 9, 1922, at Watkins, to Theodore and Katharine (Heinrichs) Ertl. He grew up and received his education at District 44 school in rural Watkins. On Sept. 14, 1950, Ben was united in marriage to Marion “June” Fisher at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Forest City. They resided at Litchfield. Ben worked at Woolen Mills for a short time. He was then employed at Dahl Tire for 32 years. After retirement, Ben worked as a custodian at Litchfield High School for 16 years.

Ben was a member of St. Phillip Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included woodworking.

Ben is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marion Ertl of Litchfield; children, Loretta Ertl of St. Cloud, Vince (Debbie) Ertl of Marshall, Vern Ertl of Alachua, Florida, Erv (Kathy) Ertl of Apple Valley, Greg Ertl of Minneapolis and Jeff (Denise) Ertl of Cokato; five granddaughters, one grandson, three stepgrandsons, five stepgreat-grandchildren; and special family friend Mary Stenger of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Anthony, Mathias, Joseph and Esadore Ertl; and sisters, Alvina Ertl and Elizabeth Zumach.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Meeker Memorial Hospital, Meeker Manor Rehabilitation Center and Dr. Richard Searl for the excellent care given to Ben.

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