Lloyd David Berends, age 95, passed away the evening of February 23rd, 2018 surrounded by family in his home at Havenwood Assisted Living in Glenwood City, WI.
Lloyd was born January 19, 1923 to William and Mary (Draxler) Berends. He grew up as part of a hardworking farming family and moved to various farms within St. Croix County during his childhood. Lloyd was a good student and a talented athlete who enjoyed playing baseball and basketball, graduating from New Richmond High School in 1941. He spent the first half of his adult life farming in Glenwood City. Soon after graduating, Lloyd married Mary Charlotte Lundy who died following the birth of his first child, William. Lloyd later married Margaret Jane Hawkins and had 8 children — David, Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Ann, Peter, and Robert. Changing careers, Lloyd sold the family farm in Glenwood City and relocated to Rice Lake in order to earn his machinist certification. In 1967, the family moved to New Richmond where Lloyd worked at Doboy Packaging for 21 years. Jane passed away in 1972. Lloyd met Norma Jean Wood Rasmussen and they married in 1974. The pair moved to Cedar Falls in 1986 and upon retirement, they spent their winters in Mesa, AZ. Norma passed away in 2012 after 38 happy years together. Lloyd enjoyed time spent visiting with family and friends. He was always a jokester and loved to give everyone a hard time. His favorite pastime was watching a good horse pull.
Lloyd is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Mary Berends; his siblings, Ralph Berends, Harriet (Roy) Erickson, Mary Lou (Bob) Palewicz, Alice (Ed) Kaiser, and Duane Berends; children William Berends and David Berends; grandson Joseph Berends; and son-in-law Charles Hudson.
Lloyd is survived by his children Thomas (Nancy) Berends of Downing, John (Kathleen) Berends of New Richmond, Elizabeth Hudson of New Richmond, Kathleen Hansen of New Richmond, Ann (Byron) Bruggeman of River Falls, Peter (Catherine) Berends of Parker, CO, and Robert Berends of New Richmond; daughter-in-law Judith Berends of New Richmond; his step-children Douglas (Sylvie) Rasmussen of France, Sharon (Steven) Kahler of Emerald, Susan (Richard) McKeever of Stillwater, and Gayla (Daniel) Hanson of Eleva; sister-in-law Rachel Berends and Barbara Berends; many special grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation to be held at 9:00AM at Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on March 10, 2018 with a prayer service beginning at 11:30AM. Join the family for a meal at the Glenwood City Community Center to reminisce Lloyd’s legacy following the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Lloyd’s memory. The Berends family would like to thank the compassionate staff at Havenwood for the attentive care that was provided in his time there.