Joyce A. Bernson

Bernson, Joyce A. 91, passed from earth's restraints to the arms of his heavenly Father early Thursday morning, October 25, 2012 at Provena Mercy Hospital. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Born and raised on a farm in northern Wisconsin, he enjoyed the outdoors, had a natural and inventive gift with the mechanical, had a deep faith in Jesus Christ, was a loving husband, father and adoring grandfather. After graduating from high school, he briefly worked in product design for Trane Electronics and as an inspector in the Baltimore ship yards before enlisting in the Air Force. A World War II veteran, he served two years as Sergeant in the 15th Air Force in Fuggia, Italy. After the war, he attended and graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. An excellent dancer, a lovely gal caught his eye at a dance, and he married Linka Oleson in 1951, raising their family in Aurora. He worked in heating and air conditioning in the Aurora area for many years before coming to work for Aurora University where he made many life-long friends, retiring from there in 1986 after 17 years. He has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for over 60 years. Joyce is survived by his children: Sonja (Jack) Meyer, Joel (Tina Simmons) Bernson and Peter (Lynn) Bernson. He is admired by his grandchildren Michael, Adam and Zachary Meyer, Eric Bernson, and Hayley, Mia and Tess Bernson, having attended countless band concerts, movie and theater productions, softball games and dance recitals. He is also survived by sisters Bernadine Trumble, Ardys (Bill) Miller Knapp and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Linka (nee Oleson) in 1988, infant son Michael, infant granddaughter Amy, parents Arthur and Elizabeth Bernson, sister Martha Clerkin, in-laws David Trumble, William Clerkin, Esther and LaVern Weddige, Otto and Thelma Oleson, Paul and Maxine Oleson, Olaf Oleson, niece Diane Miller Armagh, and nephews Jim Clerkin and David Trumble. The family would like to thank the many family, friends, caregivers, nurses and doctors who gave us love, support and prayers and took such good care of Dad. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurora, or the . Family receiving guests Monday October 29, 2012 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Dieterle Memorial Home 1120 Broadway Montgomery, IL. Lying in state Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of his funeral service 10:00 AM at St Paul Lutheran Church 85 S. Constitution Aurora, IL 60506, Pastor Danny Tutwiler and Pastor Walter DeMoss officiating. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park Aurora, IL. For directions and guest book Dieterle Memorial Home (630) 897-1196

Published in Beacon News on Oct. 28, 2012