Bernard "Bernie" Anthony Feauto, 88, of Sioux City, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at a local care facility. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2023 at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, with a Rosary at 6:45 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be directed to www.meyerbroschapels.com.
Bernie was born on March 22, 1935 in Westfield, Iowa, to Ulysses "Ray" and Marie (Knittel) Feauto. On September 3, 1955 he married Marilyn Diane Shelton of Sioux City. Bernie and Marilyn lived in Sioux City most of his life until moving to Dakota Dunes, SD, where they resided for seven years. They returned to Sioux City about three years ago.
After Bernie retired as Chief Master Sergeant for the Air National Guard 185th, he enjoyed working part-time at Hy-Vee, where he delivered flowers for 15 years.
Bernie was an active member of St. Boniface and Sacred Heart parishes in Sioux City. While at St. Boniface, he served as Eucharistic minister, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and bingo director.
He was at one time the President of the Kids Baseball Association. He was also instrumental in starting T-Ball in the Sioux City area, along with several of his friends. Coaching Little League teams was something he really enjoyed. He received numerous awards and recognition from the 185th Tactical Fighter Group, and was also a member of the Boys of ’68 and the American Legion Post #662.
Bernie was a huge fan of Heelan Crusaders sports, even after all his children had long since graduated. Up until the last few years, you would have seen him and Marilyn at the Heelan football and basketball games with their friends. Bernie followed Notre Dame football, making several trips to South Bend to cheer on the Irish. He also played in a golf league for many years and loved getting together with friends and family, playing cards and cribbage.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn (Shelton) Feauto of Sioux City; his children: Theresa Zellers (Rande) of Orlando, FL, Michael Feauto (Deb) of Madison, NE, Mark Feauto (Kristin) of Sioux City, Mary Jo Hamel (Paul) of Mequite, TX, and Julie Swartz (Ray) of Marshalltown, IA; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Doug, Earl, and Robert Feauto; and one sister: Shirley Matt.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Ray and Marie Feauto; brothers: Armond, Leo, Dick, Gene, Ed, and Donald Feauto; and one great-grandchild: Owen Gene Linder.
Pallbearers will be Bernard's grandsons: Kasey, Tony, and Ryan Feauto, Johnathon and Eric Hamel, Zachary, Jacob, and William Swartz.
In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to St. Croix Hospice or the Wounded Warrior Project, in honor of Bernard Feauto.
The Feauto family extends their deep appreciation to the wonderful staff at Sunrise Retirement Community and La Croix Hospice for taking such loving care of Bernard.