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January 27, 1961 – Thursday, December 22, 2011

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo
Friday, December 30, 2011
12:00 Noon

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo
Friday, December 30, 2011
9 AM – Noon

Clair “Pedro” Fertig, age 50, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011. He was born on January 27, 1961 in Hallock, MN, the son of Sheldon Sr. and Donna Mae (Holmgren) Fertig. He was welcomed into the family by brother Sheldon Jr.

Clair was blessed with one daughter, Amanda, that he loved dearly, and 2 granddaughters, Genevieve and Layla, that he cherished.

Clair enjoyed many things in his life. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was always willing to help others (though you never knew when he would get there, as his clock was different from everyone else). He loved fixing and tinkering on things, (nothing was junk to him) small engines, bikes, you name it, if it didn’t work he was willing to take a look. If you were getting rid of it, Clair would find a use for it. But he had no idea how to get his cell phone to work. He loved spending time in Canada, doing photography, and, as we all know… hated onions, loved animals, was unselfish, had no concept of time, was always late, (except to his meetings) loved coffee and chocolate, to him – that was a meal, loved making people happy, always checked in to make sure others were ok, had a huge heart , was very sentimental, which is the reason nothing ever left his possession, was sincere and had a tender touch. Clair had been sober for over 14 years, one of his greatest battles, and he was very proud of this achievement. Though the years before he gained control had many heartaches, Clair made amends and went on to help others. By telling of his battle, Clair changed the lives of many, helped to save a few and gained many close friends. He spent countless hours mentoring others, speaking at meetings or just being by your side. Helping others overcome their battle became one of Clair’s passions, and having lived it himself, he was very compassionate to those lives he touched and helped.

Clair was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Clair is survived by daughter, Amanda Finneman of Rockford; granddaughters, Genevieve and Layla, sisters, Michele (Daryl) Cardinal of Monticello; Jonay (Kevin) Krone of Monticello; sister-in-law Sharon Fertig of Buffalo; nieces and nephews, Sheldon Fertig III of Buffalo; Shane (Kristina) Fertig of Maple Lake; Devin Krone of Monticello; Ashley Cardinal of Monticello; Jacob Krone of Monticello; Jeremey Cardinal of Monticello and Cammey Cardinal of Monticello. Aunts, uncles, other family and friends.

Clair was proceeded in death by mother, Donna Mae Fertig; brother, Sheldon Fertig Jr.; father, Sheldon Fertig Sr. and grandparents.

Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the family.

Funeral Service held Friday December 30, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, 12PM with Gathering of friends and family at 9 AM at the Church.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kim Harvey

    Dearest Mandi, my sincere sympathies are for you. Just know that your friends are here to help you through the hurt you are feeling. Always remember your father will be with you and watching over you and loves you dearly.

  2. Shane, Kristina, Ryan & Madison Fertig

    Clair –
    We will miss you so much. Hope Christmas is beautiful in Heaven. Please give Dad/Grandpa a hug from us. We Love You!

  3. Jessica hogan

    Sorry to hear about the loss of a very special person with great words of wisdom. We will miss you, Pedro. RIP

  4. Bryan Georges

    Shane, sorry to hear about your uncle. Too many losses for the Fertig family in the last couple years.

  5. Todd Seidel

    Clair/Pedro was a neighbor and a friend. I am richer for having known him. We spoke and visited on numerous occasions and his stories and struggles gave me and many others hope and inspiration. I will think about him and miss him. My deepest condolences to his family.

  6. Seth klatt

    We had very good times as kids growing up, lots of memories at Buffalo Veneer and Plywood and at Buffalo High School. May you rest in peace my friend. You will always be in my mind.

  7. Anne Orvedahl

    I loved Clair/Pedro as a dear friend. He was a very devoted father/grandfather/friend. My condolences to his daughter and family.

  8. Robin Byers

    I am so sorry for your loss. Clair changed the life of many, it was apparent at his visitation! My thoughts and prayers are with your families at this difficult time and always.


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