Schallenberg, Bernie Eugene

Date: Friday, January 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. John United Church of Christ, 920 E. Gravois Road, St. Clair, MO

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
St. John United Church of Christ, 920 E. Gravois Rd., St. Clair, MO

Private committal at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to St. John United Church of Christ, St. Clair, MO


Bernie Eugene Schallenberg of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on January 8, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-six years, one month and seventeen days. Bernie was born in St. Clair on November 21, 1933, son of Forrest Edwin Schallenberg and Margaret Eunice Schallenberg nee Short. On July 8, 1956, he was united in marriage to Patsy Ann Baker and two children came to bless this union.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Patsy Schallenberg of St. Clair, MO; by his son, Dolph Schallenberg and wife, Cindy, of Washington, MO; by his daughter, Susie Anson and fiancé, Jerry Stieffermann, of St. Clair; by six grandchildren, Jenelle Richardson and husband, Zach, of St. Clair, Rachel Wideman and husband, Joe, of St. Clair, Emily Connerly and significant other, Bill, of Medford Lakes, NJ, David Schallenberg of Barnhart, MO, Joni Conley and significant other, Keith, of Wright City, MO, and Mike Conley of Washington; by ten great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Margaret Schallenberg; by his sisters, Judy Davis and June Tillmon, and by his brothers-in-law, Jay Tillmon and Bob Avery.

Bernie was a Christian and longtime member of St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair, MO. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the United States Navy, entering May 28, 1953 and receiving his honorable discharge on May 24, 1957. Bernie grew up and lived his entire life in St. Clair. He attended barber college and after he graduated, he began his career at Bernie’s Barber Shop on Main Street in St. Clair, retiring after over fifty years in business. Bernie was very civic minded and always an active member of the community. He was a member of St. Clair Elk’s Lodge 2651 and American Legion Post 347 of St. Clair. He was a past member of the St. Clair Lion’s Club, St. Clair Kiwanis Club, the St. Clair Baseball Association and bowling leagues at the St. Clair Bowling Alley. He was a charter member of the Franklin County Bowlers Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing, especially with his family. Above all else, Bernie loved people and enjoyed visiting with his many friends, sharing stories and making people laugh. His keen sense of humor will be missed by many. Bernie was truly a family man and nothing made him happier than the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO. Funeral services, with military honors, were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair with the Reverends John Pursley, Dick Hinson and Laura Mignerone officiating. Private committal at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ, St. Clair, MO.