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Bernard "Bernie" H. Clatanoff

Friday, November 5th, 1937 - Saturday, November 7th, 2020
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Private family services for Bernard "Bernie" H. Clatanoff age 83 of Beemer, NE will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the Beemer Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner, masks will be required while in attendance. The service will be found on the Minnick Funeral Service Facebook page (www.facebook.com/minnickfuneralserviceinc) on Monday.

Bernard Henry Clatanoff, 83, of Beemer, passed away on November 7, 2020. He was born November 5, 1937 to Gilbert and Emma (Harder) Clatanoff on the rural, Wisner farm where he would later raise his three daughters. He was baptized at Zion’s Lutheran Church, Wisner, and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howells. Always intellectually inclined, he graduated from Howells High School in 1954 at the age of 16. After high school he worked for his father and uncles, until he was drafted in 1956. At completion of his service, he returned to the family farm, and enjoyed pitching for Junior Legion Ball, driving his Thunderbird convertible, and evenings at the local dance halls. At the Beemer Ballroom, he took Sharlene Nellor for a twirl on the dancefloor, leading to marriage in 1962 at the Beemer Methodist Church.

He served 9 years as a councilman at Christ Lutheran Church, and taught Sunday School and Bible Study for 25 years. He was a director of the Cuming County Feeder Association, and President of the Rural School District #9 of Wisner. Education was important to Bernie, and he took much pride in sending his girls to excellent colleges, and watching the many academic accomplishments of his grandchildren. In his later years he farmed and fed cattle north of Beemer, where his cow and calf herd held a special place in his heart. He and Sharlene spent many peaceful nights together riding the four-wheeler to check the pasture.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Sharlene; his daughters Amy (Russell) Clatanoff-Brown, Sarah (Brian) Williams, and Nancy (Michael) Glaubius; Grandchildren: Jacob and Lucas Brown, Emma Good, and Sophie and Audrey Glaubius; Former Son-in-law and Friend, John Good; Sister, Marie (Jim) Nelson; Sister-in-law, Nancy (Joe) McDonald; and Brother-in-law, Howard Nellor; and his aunt Marcy Tonjes of Pender. He was preceded in Death by his parents and two brothers, Edward and Frederick.

Memorials may be given to the Beemer Volunteer Fire Department or the Wisner-Pilger Community Schools Foundation.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 8th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, November 8th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Minnick Funeral Home-Wisner
    1320 Ave. E
    WISNER, NE 68791
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    The wearing of masks will be required while in attendance.
  • Interment

    Beemer Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Beemer, NE
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Erilla Mitchell and Your WMS 7th grade team sent flowers to the family of Bernard "Bernie" H. Clatanoff.
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Bev Wilcox

Posted at 05:40pm
The graveside service was very special and intimate as Bernie wished. Thanks for sharing. You have done wonderful memories! Gaylord and Bev

Bruce Linafelter

Posted at 06:41pm
I am saddened to learn of Bernie's passing. We spent many nights playing racquetball during our few years in Wisner. I don't think I ever won a single game but always enjoyed our discussions before and after. He was a proud dad and always interested in his girl's education. While this is a sad time, may your family be strengthened and blessed knowing that Bernie touched those around him in a positive way and made the world a better place

Bruce Linafelter, Loveland, CO

Dennis Schlickbernd

Posted at 10:57am
When working with Bernie his humor made the hardest work bearable. Every 4th of July I am reminded how hot it was when we were shingling your house. Dad Bernie and I had to take a break every 20 minutes, and put old carpet down to protect the shingles.

Zelan Heller

Posted at 06:19pm
Bernie was the best neighbor anyone could ask for and Sharlene and the girls were also always so kind to Sarah and I and our family. Bernie took me on my first long canoe ride down the Elkhorn River. It was and still is a great memory. Condolences to Sharlene and the girls from Sarah and Ze.

Erilla Mitchell

Posted at 01:41pm
Dear Sharlene, with my sincere sympathies to you and your family. Bernie was the best.
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