Avalo A. “Al” Berns

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Avalo A. “Al” Berns, 82, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at his home following a brief illness.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 5, at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien, conducted by Msgr. Charles Stoetzel. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Garnavillo with military honors.

Arrangements were handled by The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien.

Al was born Sept. 13, 1938, on the farm near Tilston, Manitoba, the son of Clarence and Alvina (Uriell) Berns. He graduated from Garnavillo High School in Garnavillo before serving in the United States Air Force during both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served as an Air Force plane mechanic and crew chief in TAC command primarily working on C-130 aircraft. He married Lucille Sperfslage on Nov. 26, 1965. Together, they ran a machine shop in Earlville for five years and a jewelry store in Manchester for 12 years before moving to Prairie du Chien where they owned and operated a flower shop (Garden City) and a gift shop (Avalo Designs) for 27 years until retirement. Al was a devoted father, a loving husband, and a devout Catholic. He was known for his quick wit and his mechanical and artistic talent. 

He is survived by his daughter, Ann Berns; sister, Gwenneth Maass; brother-in-law, Herbert (Theresia) Sperfslage; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years and his sister, Mary Mardel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prairie Catholic Schools.

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