The Winona Paper; The Lake City Graphic – Bernard “Ben” Tibesar, 78, died Oct. 18, 1993 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester (Minnesota). He was born March 15, 1915, in Minneiska, Minn., the son of Nicholas and Magdelene (Wieser) Tibesar. A graduate of St. Felix High School in Wabasha, he attended the University of Minnesota.He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1941-45. He received the Presidential Unit Citation and served on the U.S.S. Bronstein. He married Carmena Costello June 24, 1943 in Kellogg (St. Agnes Catholic Church) and they lived in Lake City. He owned and operated Tibesar Construction for 25 years until retiring in 1972. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Cemetery Board.
He is survived by his wife, Carmena; two daughters, Jeanne Marie (Douglas) Jensen of Hopkins, Minn., and Mary Katherine Riley of Chaska, Minn., one son, James Bernard (Cheryl) of Plymouth, Minn., six grandchildren; three brothers, Leo (Mae) of Rollingstone, Minn., Henry (Lorraine) of Rochester and Cletus of Huntley, Mont.; and two sisters, Sister Cephas Tibesar (O.S.F.) of Rochester and Suzanna Hickey of Springfield, Ill.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday (10:30) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake City with Rev. Donald Leary officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Elden Miller, Joe Ryan, Glenn Dwelle Sr., Harold Schreck, Ed Bauman, Richard Barry.
Anderson-Peterson-Mahn are in charge of arrangements.
(Note: Rev. Leo Tibesar, Jr. attended the service.)
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Presidential Unit Citation to the
for service set forth in the following:
“For exceptionally meritorious achievement in the performance of outstanding combat service against enemy forces in the Atlantic Ocean area from 29 February to 17 March 1944. While operating as part of an anti-submarine task group on the night of 29 February, the U.S.S. Bronstein engaged three German submarines during a four and one-half hour period and struck heavily and effectively throughout the concentrated action to score decisive victories. Vigilant and determined, this intrepid ship took U-441 under gunfire, successfully preventing a surface torpedo attack on two friendly escorts and, after the enemy vessel submerged, proceeded to launch an underwater weapons attack which inflicted extensive damage upon the U-boat and forced its return to a repair base. Encountering U-709 by sonar contact, the BRONSTEIN succeeded in sinking this submarine with the assistance of two other vessels and, in the final action of the night, gain sonar contact on U-603, which was making an approach on a friendly aircraft carrier. In the ensuing engagement, the BRONSTEIN skillfully maneuvered into position and sank the enemy submarine unassisted, although temporarily disabled by the explosion of an acoustic torpedo in her wake. Sixteen days later, the BRONSTEIN, together with another escort, sank a third U-boat and captured prisoners from the ill-fated submarine. Consistently maintaining a superior degree of efficiency in the performance of her assigned missions, this gallant ship established an optimum level of anti-submarine effectiveness for escort vessels during World War II. By her readiness for combat, and the skill, courage and determination of her valiant officers and men, the U.S.S. BRONSTEIN rendered invaluable service in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”