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Berhard "Bernie", "Bern" Bach


May 23, 2019

Berhard "Bernie", "Bern" Bach

BLACK EARTH-Berhard "Bernie", "Bern" Bach was born June 4, 1949, to Leo Bach and Emma Drews who were two young refugees living in Adenbuttel, Germany in the aftermath of World War II. In 1951, the young family applied for sponsorship to emigrate and did so via a Trans-Atlantic ship, the BeaverBrae, to Newfoundland and then to Alberta, Canada. In 1958, the family moved to Milwaukee. It is here Bernie grew up speaking Milwaukee Deutsch and English and attended school and graduated with the 1969 class of South Division High School. Although Bern was not a U.S. citizen, Uncle Sam did not forget him and sent him a draft notice in June 1969. Bernie served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in December 1971. When he returned home, he worked for the Falk Corp. in Milwaukee as a machine operator. It was on Oct. 7, 1973 (his mother's birthday) that he and friends went to small-town-Wisconsin to drive Jeeps on back country roads. This was the day he met his one and only; Jacolyn Rae Strang. He knew that day that this girl would someday be his wife. The two wed on May 3, 1975, and recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. The couple resided in Black Earth, Wisconsin, and Bern worked at various local businesses as a maintenance mechanic. In 1983, the couple had their only child, Taiya Renae. In 1990, Bern was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency which ultimately led to a long battle with emphysema. Unfortunately, in same year, the family experienced a tragic accident which left Jackie as a quadriplegic. Life took on a new normal. Bernie honored his wedding vows to love and cherish in sickness and health and went above and beyond in the care of his wife and daughter. Due to his own disability, he retired in 1992. Bern was known for keeping an immaculate home and manicured lawn. He had a love for all things Jeeps, Corvettes, camping, and his backyard "park" on the banks of the Black Earth Creek. He enjoyed nothing more than kicking back around a campfire with a few beers telling stories over and over. In 2004 Bern fulfilled a promise to himself and became a U.S. citizen so he could vote! In the last couple years, Bern slowed down as his body grew weary from his condition, and in the late hours on May 11, 2019, with his daughter and wife by his side, he drew his last breath and slipped away a month before his 70th birthday. Bern was preceded in death by his Mom and Dad; his in-laws, Millie and LaVerne Strang; and many other relatives and friends. We have no doubt that his good buddies, Rai Wenz, John Parkin and Joe Strang were waiting to welcome him home with a cold beer. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; his daughter, Taiya (Adam) Streiffer; and his two grand-babes Natan and Talia Dov of Madison who he adored; and his younger siblings, Al (Liz) Bach, of Waukesha, Monica (Dennis) Coleman of Arizona, Ruth (Dave) Penno of Arizona, Irene (Ted) Jaskowiak of California and Christine (Darryl) Toews of Alberta, Canada; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews. We would like to thank family and friends who helped during Bernie's time of need. Special thanks to Dr. Bilhorn, the special ladies at the Dean infusion clinics in Madison and Sauk Prairie, the palliative care team of St. Mary's, as well as Agrace Hospice who helped Bern keep his last promise, "I'm coming home". In honoring his request, a memorial service will be held at a later date. "We love you Daddy, now you can breathe easy and run with the wind. "

Berhard "Bernie", "Bern" Bach

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Camacho Black Earth Funeral and Cremation Care

1710 Center Street



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