James J. Bernardy

Mass of the Resurrection was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Munich for James J. Bernardy, 88 of Fargo and a life-long Munich farmer.


Posted on 7/1/16

He died Friday, June 24, 2016 at his daughter’s home in the loving care of his family.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake.

James Joseph was born on September 4, 1927, the youngest of seven children born to Peter and Julia (Kraus) Bernardy. He was born on the family farm in Cavalier County, rural Munich and would live almost his entire life on this farm.  He attended Trier Township School and also Munich High School. He began farming with his Dad at an early age, and would continue that passion the rest of his life. He was united in marriage to Joellyn M. Thielen on September 19, 1950 at Calio. They lived, worked and together raised their daughter on the family farm, making it their home even after retirement. From February of 1952 to January of 1954, he was called to active duty with the United States Army and served his country in Germany with the 4th Infantry Division, 8th Infantry Regiment. He remained in the US Army Reserves until March of 1960. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. Along with the farming, he worked many winters at the Munich Standard Oil Station and for many years was a substitute rural mail carrier out of the Munich Post Office. He was also very active in his community and church as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and life member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the Trier Township Board and the ASCS Board out of Langdon. He also enjoyed membership in the Langdon American Legion and Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars. He treasured life with Joellyn until her death on July 16, 1999 and was so thankful for the last two years in the loving care of his daughter and her family.

James is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Leslie and Vaughn Thorstad, granddaughters Lindsey, Marissa and Taryn Thorstad and great grandchildren Elaina and Silas all of Fargo; brothers-in-law Harold Berg, Devils Lake, Lawrence Thielen, Mandan and Roman Michels, Langdon and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joellyn; brother Hilary Bernardy; and sisters: Pauline Ballweg, Clara Michels, Eleanor Mueller, Delores Berg and Geraldine Berg.

Gilbertson Funeral Home of Devils Lake was in charge of arrangements.