John William Bernadot
1945 - 2020
March 1, 1945
October 30, 2020

John William Bernadot

WINONA, Minn. -- John William Bernadot, 75, of Winona passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at the Whitewater Health Services in St. Charles, Minn.

He was born March 1, 1945, in Winona, to Elmer and Martha (Braatz) Bernadot, and was a graduate of Winona Senior High School.

John was well known throughout the area for his love of music, and he saw his music as a way to make people happy and bring a smile to their face. He especially enjoyed using his talent to help his community, whether it was a fundraiser for a good cause, or to bring joy and love to those in the local nursing homes.

He had a great love of the outdoors, where he enjoyed fishing, canoeing, and taking pictures. John loved Winona, and frequented its many coffee shops, often several times a day.

John is lovingly survived by his children, Kim (Mike) Gallagher, Yale Bernadotte, Lori Hasman, Jason Hasman, Christopher (Samantha) Bernadot, Alisa (Jay) Hornberg, and Kaity (Matthew) Gray; grandchildren, John, Sasha, Melissa, Gabi, Peyton, Katie, Grace, Esophia, Jami, and Branden; three great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Joan Bernadot; daughter, Tara Bernadot; granddaughter, Katie Hornberg; his parents; and a brother, Robert Bernadot.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, 376 East Sarnia St. Those attending will be required to wear a mask and to follow social distancing guidelines.

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 13, 2020.
10:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home - Winona
376 East Sarnia Street PO Box 1127, Winona, MN 55987
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John sang at our Senior Dining in La Crescent several times, entertaining one and all with his stories and songs.......original or made up. Some times I got to sing with him. He also entertained at Nutbush for the Applegrowers who met there every Saturday morning to promote their businesses.
Carol Leidel
November 14, 2020
John was a good friend and musical companion thru the years! From the 1960's thru the Thanksgiving Dinners and in the Nursing Home circuit - we always had time to sing a song together. He brightened so many people's days with his ability to remember all the old, good songs of the past. Rest in peace Johnny boy! Love you always, Linda
Linda Hall Kuehl
November 13, 2020
Dayton and I offer our deepest sympathy to his family. He was the greatest when my father had a brain aneurysm John drove 100 miles to play music for him and sang Home on the Range together. Huge loss of a wonderful man.
November 13, 2020
I Dearly Loved this Man! Always Fun and Encouraging and Kind. AND MUSIC....He didn't "Play"----He breathed and smiled and exuded music---and extended his Energy and Love to all who were Lucky Enough to be near him. He changed my Life and I will miss him FOREVER! I Love You, John!! Apple Annie 1992
Louise Keenan
November 13, 2020