Obituary for Bernard J. Mansheim, MD

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Dr. Bernard J. Mansheim, age 98, of LaCrosse, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
The youngest of five children, he was born on March 10, 1919 at Fort Madison, Iowa to Bernard and Marie (Wenke) Mansheim.
He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Fort Madison in June, 1935. He graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in December, 1943 with BA and MD degrees.
Dr. Mansheim interned at St. Francis Hospital in LaCrosse in 1944 where he met his future wife, Dorothy Seiler, who was a student nurse in her senior year. He entered active duty with the Army Medical Corps on October 1, 1944 at Carlisle Barracks, PA. He and Dorothy were married in Carlisle, PA on November 4, 1944. Dr. Mansheim was stationed at Crile Army General Hospital in Cleveland for two years. After discharge from the Army in November of 1946 he returned to LaCrosse to enter general practice with Doctors McLoone, Egan and Fox. Following Dr. McLoone’s tragic murder in November of 1947 Dr. Mansheim helped to establish the LaCrosse Clinic which was later joined by Drs. Gerrard Uhrich, Paul Phillips, Greg Egan and others.
Dr. Mansheim entered the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospital in June, 1950. After completing his Eye Residency in June, 1953 he was awarded a HEED Fellowship to do research in glaucoma at the Eye Institute in New York City and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The results of his glaucoma research were published in the Archives of Ophthalmology in 1953. Dr. Mansheim returned to LaCrosse in December of 1953 to rejoin the LaCrosse Clinic in the practice of Ophthalmology. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1954 and was appointed Chief of Staff at St. Francis Hospital in 1955.
Dr. Mansheim practiced Ophthalmology for over 30 years at St. Francis Hospital, retiring in 1987. He was a life-long member of the American Medical Association, the Academy of Ophthalmology and numerous professional societies. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his children, Dr. Paul (Renee), Dr. Bernard (Denise), Mary Naus (Dr. Peter), Nancy Formella (John), Dorothy Schaettle (Robert), 13 Grandchildren and 19 Great Grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Faith and Life Center at The Willows, 2555 So. 7th St. on Tuesday, August 22nd at 2:30 p.m. Monsignor Delbert Malin will officiate. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until time of services. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at
In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Dr. Bernard J. and Dorothy S. Mansheim Nursing Scholarship at Viterbo University or a charity of your choice.
Dr. Mansheim’s family would like to thank the staff of The Willows for their care and friendship over the past four years. The family would also like to thank the Mayo Hospice Service for the excellent support they provided over the past two months, which helped make Dr. Mansheim’s last days so peaceful.