Agnes M. Bernal

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Agnes M. Bernal

Des Moines

Agnes Bernal was born into eternal life on Friday night, August 8, 2014 with her family beside her, surrounding her with love. Agnes was born on February 1, 1923 in Horton, KS, to Julius and Martha (Morado) Vallejo.

Agnes wasn't a lady based in words, she was one who enacted every part of the word "love". She had a powerful, never ending work ethic and an incredible gift of making each child, grandchild and great-grandchild feel like they were most special to her. When her loved ones were broken, she fixed them. When they were mended, she lifted them. When they soared, her pride was so evident that you could see it in the twinkle of her eyes.

Agnes married Nazario Bernal in 1945 and together they raised five children. During WW II, she worked at the Ordinance Plant testing ammunition. She retired after 30+ years from Meredith as a bookbinder in 1985. Agnes was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and God's light in her, proved that church wasn't simply a thing to attend, but a witness to be lived and shared with the world around her. She was also a member of Ladies Auxilary VFW Post 532. She Agnes enjoyed camping, reading, crocheting, listening to Elvis, dancing and singing.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Julius (Louise) Bernal, Rosemary (John) Soto, Rita (Jack) Simpson, Diana (Mike) Meyers and Linda (Tom) McIlhon; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Lopez, Margaret Diaz, Florence Terronez, Dorothy Luke, Benita Cacari and Linda (Bob) Patton; a host of nieces, nephews and other family and beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nazario; sister, Josie Knight and brothers, Felix, Salvador and Jimmy Vallejo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Road. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Glendale cemetery. Family will greet visitors from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014 with a rosary to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street.

On-line condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW Ninth Street Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 285-3911
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Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 10, 2014
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