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Saler, Bernard W. Passed away peacefully in the arms of family on April 24, 2014, at age 95. Preceded in death by Clara (nee Paskowicz) Saler, his wife of 66 years, and daughter Judith (Saler) Morris. Also preceded in death by parents John and Rose (nee Mehleis) Saler and brothers Lawrence and Robert. Dear father of Richard Saler and Thomas Saler (Mary Dykstra). Also survived by sister Betty Foley of Portland, Oregon. A child of the Great Depression, young Bernard grew into a self-made man. He spent the summers of his youth at his grandparent's farm near Glenwood City, and for the rest of his days would delight in replaying what were clearly among the happiest times of his life. After attending Marquette University on a track scholarship, he served as city assessor for South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa for 30 years. In 1977, he created the real estate appraisal program for Waukesha County Technical College, where he taught until his retirement in 1997. He also taught property appraisal classes at colleges and universities around the country. He was a proud member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), which bestowed on him its Presidential Citation and Most Valuable Member award in 1976. Bernard was named the IAAO's Professional Designee of the Year in 1982, and in 2006 was honored at the Association's national convention for 60 years of service. On one of those summer days on the farm near Glenwood City, Bernard found an old trombone lying in a closet. The discovery changed his life. Bernard would meet his beloved wife Clara in the South Milwaukee High School Band, and the couple would pass along their love of music to their daughter and sons. For many years, Bernard was a judge for the All American Drum and Bugle Corps Association. He played in the Wauwatosa Civic Band until he was nearly 90 years old. In addition to his musical talents, Bernard was a gifted athlete, winning numerous awards in his youth for high jumping, pole-vaulting, and ice-skating. But such accomplishments do not tell the real story of Bernard William Saler. Bernard was a man of rare generosity who provided for his family at great personal sacrifice. His efforts to furnish the tools and training that would foster the level of artistry his children desired went well beyond what any father could reasonably be expected to do. Except for those halcyon days on the farm, he rarely talked about himself. For all the countless classes he taught and lives he touched over the generations, Bernard's selflessness is the lesson that will endure. Visitation will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 12130 West Center Street, Wauwatosa, on Wednesday, April 30 at 10 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Joseph Congregation.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 27, 2014
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