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5/10/2014 6:00:00 AM
Bernard 'Bernie' Henkel
Mr. Henkel
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Mr. Henkel

Bernard A. “Bernie” Henkel, 53, of La Salle died unexpectedly May 8, 2014.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mendota, with the Rev. Thomas Otto officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Senica’s Oak Ridge, La Salle. Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle is handling arrangements for his family. There will not be any visitation on Tuesday morning.
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 La Salle. 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 La Salle; four daughters, Adrianne Henkel of Peru, Olivia Henkel of La Salle, Patty Cannon of Denver, Colo., and Liz Cannon of La Salle; one son, Brian Cannon of Peru; two grandsons, Jack and Jameson; two sisters, Janet (Bill) Politsch of Princeton and Linda Kasprak of La Salle; two brothers, Kenneth Henkel and Ron (Linda) Henkel, both of Mendota; his mother-in-law Marion Senica of La Salle; longtime friend Bernie Beetz of Mendota, nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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