Bernard E. "Bernie" Dahlin
1941 - 2020
BORN
1941
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Lyndahl Funeral Home
1350 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI
Dahlin, Bernard E.
Bernard "Bernie" E. Dahlin passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, from natural causes. He was born on October 12, 1941, to Bernard "Dutch" Dahlin and Edestein (Jantz) Dahlin. From an early age, he was an entrepreneur. From cutting grass to shoveling snow, Bernie always had the drive to achieve.
After graduating from Green Bay West High School in 1960, Bernie attended University of Wisconsin Whitewater for one year where his thirst for knowledge was too much for him to stay. Shortly after that, he joined the Army and was placed at Fort Knox where he worked in finance. From there, he worked for Loch Homes. It was while working at Loch Homes that he met the love of his life, Alyce (Germain) Dahlin from the blessing of losing a bet. The relationship got off to a rocky start with Bernie getting cold feet and having an explosion forced him to wed his beautiful bride of 53 years at St. Mary's hospital on February 4, 1967.
In 1972, he started his first company, Bilt -Well Components, Inc. He took his knowledge of business to the home building community. For his hard work, he was awarded the Associate of the Year for the Wisconsin Builders Association in 1979.
Bernie busted out into the paper industry in 1981 by beginning as a general manager for Nichols Paper Products Company, Inc, and eventually buying the company in 1982. It was here where Bernie's talents really shined. He eventually purchased Shapes Unlimited, Inc. in 1995, and Hi-Tech Plastics, Inc in 1999.
Bernie loved the Green Bay community where he lived his entire life. He and Alyce supported many community initiatives. He had a passion for education especially UWGB. He and Alyce were honored with the Chancellor's Award from UWGB in 2007. Bernie had the privilege of being on several boards including Phoenix Fund Board, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, and the honor of being on the Chancellor's Council of Trustees at UWGB which he was most proud of even though he never earned a college degree.
Bernie is survived by his loving and doting wife Alyce, his four loving children, Bernard "Chip" (Mindy) Dahlin III, Brian (Amy) Dahlin, Stacy (Rick) Karle, and Stephanie (Joe) Giannunzio. A plethora of grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Bernard IV (Gus) (fiancé Breigh Pierquet), Max, Lex, and Edestein Dahlin; Brysson, Drew, and Blake Dahlin; Elijah and Micah Karle; Hutson and Josephine Giannunzio, and step-grandchildren Cassie, Zak, and Noah Kubale. Two brothers, Gene (Carol) Dahlin and David (Jacque) Dahlin, two sisters-in-law Kathy Germain and Lila (Dennis) Barlament, one brother-in-law, Ralph (Sharon) Germain, and several nieces and nephews.
Bernie is preceded in death by parents, Bernard "Dutch" and Edestein Dahlin, his father and mother in-law, Rodney and Grace Germain, and a brother-in-law, Dale Germain.
Bernie was a long-time member of Calvary Lutheran Church. He loved his family dearly. He had a love of listening to people's stories. He would always take the time to engage in conversation with anyone he met. Bernie will be missed by all who had the chance to cross his path.
Thank you to the kind and caring nurses and doctors who took care of Bernie at both St. Mary's and St. Vincent Hospitals especially during this difficult time.
A small private service was held for the immediate family members. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared with Bernie's family on his tribute page. A link will also be available for relatives and friends to view his church services and graveside military honors at www.lyndahl.com.
Memorials in honor of Bernie can be made to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or UWGB Foundation.
Published by The Press Times from Jun. 3 to Jun. 12, 2020.
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June B Rifleman
June 5, 2020
Reading the paper , I was sorry to see that Bernie passed. I knew Bernie when we were kids. Our families spent time together. My dad, Albert was a first cousin to Bernie's mom, Edestein. We really never kept in touch as we grew up, but followed his life via the news. It sounds like he had a great life and wonderful family who I'm sure are very proud of their Dad's accomplishments. My sympathy to all.
Ginny (Kusch) Peters
June 2, 2020
Edward Holland
June 2, 2020
Brian, Family and For all of those who new Bernie. Please accept our condolences on his passing. It was an honor to have known such a great, honest and accomplished businessman and person. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.
Dura-Fibre Team
Acquaintance
June 1, 2020
My sympathies to the Dahlin family. A church friend of David and Jacque.
Connie Shaw
June 1, 2020
I was a small customer of Bernie's with a couple different companies. Despite not being a large customer, I was always impressed with his knowledge, but, more importantly, his honesty. My thoughts are with the family.
Todd Stevenson
June 1, 2020
Dear Alyce and family, We are so sorry to hear about Bernie. He was a wonderful, kind man who will be remembered and missed by so many people. He was a great husband and father who showed his love not only to his family but also his community with his generous giving to others. Sending our sympathy, prayers and love to you all, Dianne & Tom Paplham
Dianne Paplham
Friend
May 31, 2020
My sincere condolences to Bernies family and friends. I have fond memories of our early years.
Jim Hayden
Friend
May 31, 2020
Hi Alyce, we were so sorry to hear that Bernie died. When we met up a few years ago at Maiden Lake after many years, it is such a nice thing to remember. Bernie was so congenial and generous. It was easy to see how much you two loved each other. I've been thinking of you and praying for you and will continue to do so. God bless you with His strength and peace. Marti and Jim Schoenwalder
Marti Schoenwalder
Friend
May 30, 2020
Alice, what can one say.. Bernie did so much for his Community and Country. He will be Forever Missed by all who ever met and had the opportunity to view up close his dedication and sincerity!
Best Wishes to All in his family & God Bless.
Randy Johnson
Acquaintance
May 30, 2020
For all you have done for the community, thank you! Your generosity of spirit will be profoundly missed.
Don & Rosanna Elder
Friend
May 30, 2020
Dear Chip, We offer you our sympathy and prayers on your loss. Blessings, Judy and Russ Charles (your old Rolling Green Neighbors.)
Judy and Russ Charles
Friend
May 30, 2020
Alice & family, deepest sympathy to you.
Ou r thoughts and prayers with you at this very difficult time.
Dawn Dwyer (chartier)
Classmate
May 29, 2020
So sorry for your loss! We are thinking of all of you at this time!
Mark and Debbie Giannunzio
May 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Bernie was a great guy❤
Jodi Schultz - Hi-Tech
May 28, 2020
Alyce - so sorry to hear about Bernie. He was quite the guy and will be forever remembered for his (and your) generosity in the community. The two of you have helped out many less fortunate.
Mark Kasper
Acquaintance
May 28, 2020
Alyce and family,so very sorry for your loss. Bernie was a fantastic person,and always remembered names,even people he hadn't seen for years. He was a real pillar of a person to his family,friends, and to Green Bay. He will be missed by all. Prayers to you.
Karen Pecard
May 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss Chip, Mindy and family. Adding you in our prayers. Nancy and Andy Lison.
Andy Lison
May 28, 2020
Sorry for your loss, Chip, Mindy and family.
Nancy and Andy Lison.
Andy Lison
May 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thomas Morse
May 28, 2020
Phyllis Laughlin
May 27, 2020
Alyce, we were so very sorry to see of Bernie's passing. We will miss his smiling face at Maiden Lake. He was such a nice man. Sending you a virtual hug at this difficult time. Pat & Patty
Patrick & Patricia Hennessey
May 27, 2020
Alice, we were so very sorry to see of Bernie's passing. We will miss his smiling face at Maiden Lake. He was such a nice man. Sending you a virtual hug at this difficult time. Pat & Patty
Patrick & Patricia Hennessey
May 27, 2020
So sorry for your loss.
Julie Titera
May 27, 2020
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