Bernhard Ethan Emery

March 10, 1938 – Nov. 3, 2011

Bernhard Ethan Emery died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc. Bernie was born March 10, 1938, to Ethan and Agnes (nee Wenzel) Emery at Palmyra.

He grew up in the Palmyra area and graduated from Palmyra High School. After working for the local telephone company and serving in the National Guard during the Berlin crisis, Bernie moved to a farm south of Oconomowoc in 1970. For the next 25 years, he developed his herd of registered Ayrshire cattle. By the time he retired, his Bittersweet cattle were well-known throughout the Midwest. Bernie was exceedingly proud of his sons and their wives and was entertained and delighted by his grandchildren.

Bernie leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Patricia (nee Leonard); his sons, Michael (Anissa) of Appleton and Daniel (Teresa) of Norman, Okla.; and his grandchildren, Amelia Claire, Benjamin Ethan and Maeve Isabel. He is further survived by his sister, Pat Wallace; his brothers and their wives, Loren and Anita Emery of Waukesha and Ethan and Vicki Emery of Sullivan; as well as a host of relatives, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alice and Wilma; and a brother, Larry.

Bernie has donated his body to science. Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Bernie’s life from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1443 Pabst Farms Circle, Oconomowoc.

If desired, memorials may be given to a local food pantry or the Jefferson County Literacy Council, 218 S. Wisconsin Drive, Jefferson, WI 53549.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.