Bernard Dansart

Bernard R Dansart

Friday, June 2nd, 1933 - Saturday, September 14th, 2019
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Bernard R. “Bernie” Dansart, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, friends and an abundance of love, on September 14, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center, of pulmonary fibrosis. Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, September 16 at the Church of the Resurrection followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Bob Beck officiating. Bernie will have a natural burial as a Franciscan Associate.
Bernie was born on June 2, 1933 in Chicago, IL, son of Edmund J. Dansart, a postman and Angela M. (Davidson) Dansart, a homemaker. He grew up on the south side of Chicago, the fifth of seven children, and attended St. Gall Parish School and De La Salle High School, both in Chicago, IL.
In 1951 he entered the Christian Brothers Novitiate in Glencoe, Missouri. He earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree from St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN, in 1955 and 1962 respectively.
Beginning in 1955, Bernie taught biology a various Catholic high schools. In 1972, he earned a Doctorate in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
On April 14, 1973, Bernie married Marilyn Neubert at Christ the King Newman Center in DeKalb, IL. In 1974, Bernie and Marilyn moved to Dubuque, where Bernie was a Professor of Counselor Education at Loras College, until his retirement in 2000, after which he continued as Professor Emeritus. During his years at Loras College he trained students who went on to become school counselors throughout Northeastern Iowa.
Bernie enjoyed a lifelong love of reading. In his younger years, he was a tennis player and long-distance runner, having participated in many tri-state area road races over the years.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Dubuque; children, Ann (Ravi) Hirekatur of Madison, WI and Philip (Meggie Borboa) of El Segundo, CA; grandchildren, Melkiya and Zerihun Hirekatur; brother, David (Mary Anne) Dansart; and sisters, Joanne (Raymond) Wagner and Rita (Tom) Madeja; sister in law, Elaine (Bill) Yoakum of Sugar Grove, IL; and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edmund Dansart; sisters, Mary Jane Lehner and Patricia Cibach; and his dear lifelong friend, Joel Gorun in March of 2019.
Donations may be made to Christian Foundation for Children and Aging or the Sister Water Project.
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The family would like to thank Marilyn Gorun, the friends who visited and prayed for Bernie and hosted us, Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff of Hawkeye Care Center.
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Fr. Jim Bergin, SVD

Posted at 11:25am
My deepest sympathy to Marilyn and the whole family. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to be there for Bernie's funeral. I remembered him at the Eucharist, and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Fr. Jim Bergin, SVD

frank belcastro

Posted at 10:11pm
Bernie and I were sponsors of the same honorary education fraternity, his on the Loras College campus and mine on the University of Dubuque campus. We cooperated in presenting the best prospective educators. His gentle ways and smile will be missed by many.
Frank P Belcastro

Tom Draus

Posted at 08:26pm
Peace to all. I have but 1 memory of meeting Bernie, but it was a lasting peaceful encounter. When I was to Loras College in the early 1980's for their education program I was scared and felt lost. He was one of the counselors that helped get me on my feet and brought some calm and reassurance to make me feel I belonged. It is striking to think of how one small encounter can accomplish so much.

I later met a fellow student, Jack Wagner, who said Bernie was his uncle. When I told him of the influence his uncle had, he concurred that his uncle was always such a fine man.

I had forgotten much of this, but when they prayed for Bernie at Resurrection Parish this past Saturday I recalled all this.

My best to all his family.

Tom Draus

Adam MacDonald

Posted at 06:16pm
My sincere condolences to the Dansart family at this time of pain and loss! Please rest assured of my prayers and those of the entire Divine Word College community for the repose of Bernard's soul, and may you take comfort in knowing that he now shares fully in Christ's resurrection!

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