Bernard F. LaValley
Bernard F. LaValley
Beloved father and grandfather, Bernard F LaValley, 86, of Superior, died on July 25, 2017, in a Duluth Hospital. He was born in Poplar, WI and was 4th out of 13 children born to George and Mary LaValley. During Bernie's youth, his family moved to Superior, where he resided for the remainder of his life. Bernie enlisted in the Army and served there for 27 years, with the majority of the time serving in the Wisconsin Army Natl Guard and as a civil servant therein. Afterwards, Bernie worked part time as a longshoreman in the Duluth/Superior area, and for the St. Francis Church in Superior.
Bernie participated in many sports during his youth, high school (Superior East), collegiate (UW-Superior), and post-graduate years, including football, baseball, and fast-pitch softball, among others. He twice earned All-Conference honors and once earned All-American honors while playing football for UW-Superior. He kicked the winning extra point in the football game where UWS beat UMD for the last time. After college, Bernie played fast-pitch softball for various Superior teams competing in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area and was widely recognized as an excellent home-run hitter.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and sisters, and his former wife - Betty J. LaValley (Griffin) - who was also from Superior.
Bernie is survived by his children, Bernard M., Annette, Anthony, Mary, Sharon, Alice, Colleen, and Andrew, which includes 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by six of his siblings, including Bill, Katie, Rosie, Patricia, Germaine, and Shirley.
In his later years, Bernie (nicknamed "THE BEAR" by his friends) wanted to thank all of his former sports teammates and competitors in the Wisconsin/Minnesota areas for their friendship and great challenges provided during his life, and wish all of them well.
Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Cemetery in Superior. Military Honors will be accorded by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post #435. Any and all are welcome to attend.