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Bernard Flerlage, Jr., 69, of Christopher, Illinois passed away April 17, 2017 at Christian Northeast Hospital in Florissant, Missouri. He was born January 31, 1948 in Saint Charles, Missouri to parents, Bernard J. Flerlage, Sr. and Mary (Trost) Flerlage. He married Elsie Kujawa on November 11, 1967 and she survives.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with The Very Reverend Father John Iffert officiating. A Full Military Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Saint Louis, Missouri.
A Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Bernard is survived by his mother, Mary Flerlage of Saint Charles, Missouri; wife, Elsie Flerlage of Mount Vernon, Illinois; children, Monica Laurent and husband David of Edwardsville, Illinois, Paula Rightnowar and husband Charlie of Mount Vernon, Illinios, CW4 Bernard Flerlage, III and wife Ginette Pena of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Renee Fuller and husband Mark of Highland, Illinois, and Sophia Rudd and husband Travarr of Mount Vernon, Illinois; seventeen grandchildren, Joshua Laurent, Jeremy Laurent, Emily Laurent, Rebecca Laurent, Rian Stewart and husband Matt, Joe Anna Connaway, Savannah Connaway and fiancé Joel Greatting, Jessica Connaway, Bernard Flerlage, IV, Christian Flerlage, Anthony Flerlage, Cassie Fuller, Kelly Fuller, Nici Rudd, Quantrelle Rudd, Autumn Rudd, and Summer Rudd; six great grandchildren; brother, David Flerlage of Saint Louis, Missouri; sister, Kathy Merrell and husband Mike of Saint Charles, Missouri; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.
His father and one brother, Dennis Flerlage preceded him in death.
Bernard served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict for two years as an Airborne Ranger. He saw action in coastal areas of the Gulf of Tonkin, in jungles close to the Demilitarized Zone, and on the Cambodian Border. Mr. Flerlage worked as an Animal Care Inspector for the United States Government and was an avid catfisherman. He was a State Commander for the Department of Illinois and a member and Commander of the Mount Vernon AMVETS Post 4. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Healing Of Our American Heroes (H.O.O.A.H.) and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on April 18, 2017
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