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Bernadette “Bernie” Cekalla, 67 year old resident of Royalton died Saturday, May 19 with her loving family by her side. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 25 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton with Father Roger Klassen officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. and from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of the service on Friday at the church in Royalton.
Bernadette (Kaiser) Cekalla was born on June 28, 1950 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls to the late Al and Lucille (Opatz) Kaiser. She lived in Royalton where she attended school and graduated from Royalton High School with the class of 1968. She was united in marriage to Dennis “Denny” Cekalla on January 24, 1970 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. The couple made their home in Royalton. Bernie worked for CHI St. Gabriel’s Health in Little Falls for 43 years. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton and a local book club. She looked forward to shoe shopping at the start of every school year with her grandkids, Zackary, Noah, Rachel, Kendra and Nathan. Bernie enjoyed gardening, attending the grandchildren’s ball games, concerts and activities. The couple enjoyed traveling together especially trips to Jamaica, Cozumel and bus trips to various locations. Time away with her girlfriends always resulted in great laughs and many memories made. Bernie and her family enjoyed 15 years together going to Lake Edward near Breezy Point.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dennis “Denny” Cekalla of Royalton; sons, Mark (Jill) Cekalla of Royalton, Paul (Amber) Cekalla of Pierz; grandchildren, Noah, Kendra, Nathan, Zackary and Rachel Cekalla; siblings, Allen Kaiser of Little Falls, Patricia Sowada of Little Falls, Joyce (Tom) LaFond of Little Falls, Charles "Chuck" (Donna) Kaiser of Jordan, Terri (Wayne) Enger of Perham, Colette (Paul) Cameron of Little Falls, and Daniel (Melanie) Kaiser of Royalton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane (Susan) Cekalla of Rice, Marv Cekalla of Little Falls, Arnie (Alice) Cekalla of Hinckley, LeRoy (Hetti) Cekalla of Rapid City, SD, Suzanne Cekalla of Bowlus and Ron (Jayne) of Little Falls and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, Al (November 30, 2007) and Lucille Kaiser (May 13, 2003); father and mother-in-law, Ray (Lucille) Cekalla; sister-in-law, Betty Maurer; brother-in-law, Bob Sowada.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to CHI Hospice in Little Falls.