Bernard J. "Bernie" Peterson
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AGE: 82 • Manchester
Beloved Husband, father, and grandfather, Bernard J. "Bernie" Peterson of Manchester passed away early Saturday morning. He was 82 years old. Bernie was born December 10, 1930 in Woodbridge, NJ, the youngest son of Anthony and Mary (Leahy) Peterson. A gifted athlete, Bernie excelled in several sports in high school and was named to the Woodbridge High School sports hall of fame. Bernie graduated from high school in 1948 and Fork Union Military Academy in 1951, and served with honor in the United States Air Force. He was a veteran of the Korean War on active duty from 1951-1955, and on active reserve until 1959. On May 24, 1952 Bernie married Helen Serdinsky at St. James R.C. Church in Woodbridge, NJ, and they enjoyed nearly 61 years of togetherness. In addition to his wife, Bernie is survived by his children: Bernard Jr. and Carol, of Bayville and their children Michael and Nicole; Christopher and Deborah, of Bayville and daughters, Jennifer and Jaclyn; Jean, of Pennsylvania; Gary and Amber of Delaware and their children Oriana and Drayson; and Theresa and partner George Potor, of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his brother Raymond and sister-in-law Dorothy, and an extremely large extended family. He is preceded in death by one brother, Anthony Francis.
Bernie believed in the positive power of civic engagement and was an active force in his community. He served on the Woodbridge Town Council for twenty years and was a member of numerous community service organizations. He was a member of Saint James R.C. Church, Woodbridge, and is now a member of St. John's R.C. Church in Manchester. A tireless advocate for fairness and the betterment of his community, he carried the mantle of personal integrity with him in all his activities and set a high standard for those around him to emulate.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, NY, NY 10018 or at www.pdf.org. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 pm on Tues. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester. A funeral service will be held at 4 pm, Tues. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date. To Post a tribute please visit the website at www.andersoncampbellmanchester.com
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 21, 2013