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Bernard Henkel

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 1:38 p.m. CDT

LASALLE — Bernard A. “Bernie” Henkel 53, of LaSalle died unexpectedly Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Bernie was born Sept. 27, 1960, in Spring Valley to Leo and Margaret(Funfsinn) Henkel. He worked at Meriden Grain and Sam Beetz and Sons in Mendota. He also owned Henkel Excavating in LaSalle. Bernie married Jennifer Cronin in 1984 and then married Sherry Senica on Sept. 15, 2001.

Bernie loved his family and friends. He was a good man with a big heart and would help everyone he could that needed it. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, outdoors and doing excavating. He was a member of Spring Valley Boat Club.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry of LaSalle; four daughters, Adrianne Henkel of Peru, Olivia Henkel of LaSalle, Patty Cannon of Denver, Colo., and Liz Cannon of LaSalle; one son, Brian Cannon of Peru; two grandsons, Jack and Jameson; two sisters, Janet (Bill) Politsch of Princeton and Linda Kasprak of LaSalle; two brothers, Kenneth Henkel and Ron (Linda) Henkel, both of Mendota; his mother-in-law, Marion Senica of LaSalle; a longtime friend, Bernie Beetz of Mendota; nieces and nephews; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mendota, with the Rev. Thomas Otto officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Mendota.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Senica’s Oak Ridge in LaSalle. There will not be any visitation on Tuesday morning.

The Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle is handling arrangements for his family. Online condolences may be viewed and remembrances shared at

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