Bernard "Bernie" R. Drewelow

bernard drewelow
Bernie was born September 5, 1953 in New Hampton, IA the son of Lyle and Dorothy (Champion) Drewelow. He graduated from New Hampton High School in 1971. Following graduation he was married to Brenda Howell, to this union a daughter was born. Bernie joined the Army and volunteered for the 82nd Air Born in 1972. He served as a paratrooper in the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry “Blue Devils” and was nominated for the Green Beret. Following the military Bernie was reunited with his childhood sweetheart Mary Ann Roete and her three children. They were married July 13th 1985 at Boyd Church, in Boyd, IA to this union two children were born. He worked as line support at Sara Lee for 25 years. When Sara Lee closed their doors he went to Northeast Iowa Community College where he graduated with a CAD degree. Bernie and Mary Ann loved to spend time together with their family at their trailer in Waterville, MN. He also enjoyed spending time fishing, woodworking, riding motorcycles, reading Louis L’Amour books, collecting, social networking on the internet, cruising the clearance racks from store to store, but most of all Bernie enjoyed his grandchildren. Bernie is survived by his wife Mary Ann of New Hampton; children Teresa Laures of New Hampton, Dan (Christine) Venem of North Washington, IA, John (Alicia) Venem of Ionia, IA, Tia Drewelow of Indianapolis, IN, Tony (Jennifer) Drewelow of Waverly, IA, Tanya (Donny) Perkins of Cresco, IA; his brothers, James Drewelow of Lawler, IA and Les Drewelow of New Hampton, IA; grandchildren Shane, Beth, Sydney Laures; Ashton, Kale Venem; Sean Marshall, Jaxson, Arianna Venem; Brenda Lazo; Leelu, Nyko Drewelow; and one more on the way. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

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  1. I am sorry to see that Bernie passed on.
    My thoughts and prayers are with You all.
    I enjoyed meeting you and your family.
    Linda Mc Connell

  2. Mary Ann and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a good co-worker at Sara Lee. May his memories fill your hearts at this time. Take care, David and Jeanne Roder

  3. Mary Ann and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the memories you and Bernie have help guide you through this difficult time. Karen Rodemaker

  4. No heart breaks alone for God is always near. When a prayer is whispered God is always there to hear. When sorrow’s overwhelming, He comforts tenderly. A single tear never falls that he does not hear.(Psalms 65:2) Sorry for your loss.


  6. I so enjoyed working with and talking to Bernie while at Sara Lee. He was truly a good guy and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Please accept our sincere sympanthy.

  7. Mary Ann,
    We enjoyed working and talking with Bernie He will be sadly miss. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
    Jane and Jerry Hammel

  8. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the entire family….know your in my prayers and thoughts at this difficult time with the loss of your loved one.

  9. So sorry to hear about Bernard’s death. He was a great guy, another Sara Lee worker. Will be missed by many Sara Lee people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.

  10. Sending our deepest condolences for your family. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Bob and Joan Venem

  11. Our sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go out to MaryAnn and family for your loss. Another loss for the Sara Lee family.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  12. MaryAnn and family, was sad to learn of your loss of Bernie. My prayers and sympathy go out to all of you. He was a good guy and I’m glad I got to know him when we worked at Sara Lee. Marlene Sowers

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