Friday, December 1, 2023

Lester N. Berscheit

Lester N. Berscheit


Lester N. Berscheit, 88, of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Aug. 17, 2022, at his home in Grey Eagle.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 22 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with the Rev. Doug Liebsch officiating and the Rev. Ron Dockendorf concelebrating. Interment  followed in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.  

Lester Nick Berscheit was born April 8, 1934, in Birchdale Township, Todd County, to Anthony and Helen (Van Heel) Berscheit. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Althoff June 26, 1961, at St. Mathias Catholic Church in St. Mathias. The couple took over the family farm west of Grey Eagle which later became a fourth generation century farm. Lester and Dorothy retired from farming in 1999 and moved to town. During retirement, Lester continued to help his sons on the family farm. He also volunteered as a driver for the Todd County Veterans Service Office. He enjoyed hunting, trapping and making “Grandpa Cookies.” 

Lester was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, Monsignor Lorsung Council 14616 Knights of Columbus, Catholic United Financial and Sauk Centre American Legion Post 67.

Survivors include his children, John (Denise) Berscheit of South Bend, Indiana, William (Julie) Berscheit of Grey Eagle, Peter (Rosemary) Berscheit of Grey Eagle, David (Holly) Berscheit of Melrose, James (Jane) Berscheit of Ghana, Mary (Mark) Freitag of Omaha, Nebraska, and Ruth Ann (Bruce) Tracey of Apple Valley; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; long-time friend Barbara Connors of Grey Eagle; and sister-in-law Doreen Berscheit of Long Prairie.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Berscheit Dec. 2, 2010; parents; and brothers and in-laws Bernard (Lourdine) Berscheit, Gordon Berscheit and Lloyd (Jeanette) Berscheit. 

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.