Bertus DeMaris

Bertus Eugene DeMaris was born May 2, 1928, in Hubbard County, Minn., to Henry and Ethel (Stanley) DeMaris.

He attended country school through the eighth grade and then stayed home to work on his parent’s farm as his older brothers were leaving to go into the service.


He worked on several farms throughout Minnesota before he moved north to work in the iron mines. He retired from Reserve Mining company in Babbitt after having put in a total of 36 years.

He married th love of his life, Leona Torma, on Nov. 16, 1957. They were together almost 52 years before her passing in 2009. This marriage was blessed with 5 children: Robert (Catherine) DeMaris of Victoria; Renee (Bradley) Tostenson of Rockford; Bruce (Julie) DeMaris of Maple Grove; Darrel (Sue) DeMaris of Delano.

He was proceeded in death by his infant son Kurt. He loved his grandchildren very much: Benjamin DeMaris, Emma DeMaris, Tyler Tostenson, Brittany Howe, Dustin (Kelsey) DeMaris, Cassie DeMaris, Ryan (Ann) Meyer, and Nicole Limberis. His first great-grandchild is expected in July.

He is survived by his sisters: Joyce Bruhn of Hibbing; Patricia (Ike) George of Park Rapids; Marlen (Orlin) Anderson of Foley; Janice Hensel of Frazee. He will be terribly missed by his friend and companions Mary Lou Johnson and all of her children, especially Joe and sue Francis and Kathy Turner. Bert also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends. he was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ethel, and siblings Loren, Warren, Morris, Arnold, Donald, Leland, Morna, Floyd, James and Carol. He is survived by sisters-in-law Hazel Eskola of Ponsford, Hilma (Rueben) Tretbar of Ponsford, Joan Torma of Menegha, Shirley DeMaris of Babbitt. He was also preceded by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Bert grew up on a farm in rural Osage, Minnesota. He loved to farm and to this day would talk about his dreams have about farming. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, berry picking, gardening, playing bingo and watching his sons, and later his grandsons, in sports.

Funeral Services for Bertus Eugene DeMaris were Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastors John Rhodes and Bill Hillyer officiated.

Organist for the funeral service was Tammy Jarvi.

A visitation was also held at the church on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Casket Bearers were his eight grandchildren: Benjamin DeMaris, Tyler Tostenson, Dustin DeMaris, Ryan Meyer, Emma DeMaris, Brittany Howe, Cassie DeMaris and Nicole Limberis.

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