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Lawrence E. Berland

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Lawrence E. "Larry" Berland, 90, of Preston, a retired farmer, died June 3, 2003 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Larry was born Sept. 16, 1912, in Rushford, the son of Oscar and Anna (Isberg) Berland. He graduated from Preston High School in 1931 and then worked on the family farm. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Army, saw duty in the Pacific theater, worked in the motor pool and achieved the rank of master sergeant. On Aug. 28, 1946, he married Lennie Shepherd in Chatfield. They farmed on his family farm in rural Lanesboro until moving to Preston in 1984. The farm became Berwood Hill Inn in 1998. Mr. Berland was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston and held various offices. He was a member of the Preston American Legion and VFW, serving as a past commander and member of the rifle squad. He was a member of the Preston Lions Club and Garden Club, where he held several offices.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Fran (Marco) Scibora of St. Paul; a son, Larry (Vicki) of Decorah, Iowa; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Marie (Henry) Holman of rural Lanesboro. Four brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

The funeral was held June 6 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, with the Revs. Jennifer Graf and James Rushton officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston, with military graveside rites. Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

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