Ernest Berlin Apr. 5, 1916 - July 1, 2014 BERRIEN SPRINGS - Ernest Mario Berlin, 98, of Berrien Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in the Castelbuono Youth Chapel of Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University, with Pastor Don Dronen officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 3 p.m., and condolences may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com. On April 5, 1916, in Cantelupe, Italy, Ernie was the firstborn child of Thomas and Christina (Monaco) Berlin. He proudly served with the United States Navy during World War II. He became a Berrien Springs resident in 1966 when he moved from Chicago. He was a brick mason by trade, and he had been self-employed as well as working for Andrews University. Ernie served for 27 years as a greeter at Pioneer Memorial Church (where he was a member)a position he delighted in because he enjoyed talking to people, and it was said that he could make any baby smile. He also enjoyed bowling, a sport he embraced until he was 90 years old. Ernie is survived by three daughtersBonnie (Norm) Perry of Berrien Springs, Debbie Smith (Jerry) Blosser of Shepherd, Michigan, and Jane Takizawa of Japan; three sonsWilliam "Mario" of Berkeley, California, Robert of Grand Rapids, and Greg (Robin) of Mt. Pleasant; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sistersVirginia Ventura and Eleanor Johnson, both of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, in 1998; son-in-law, Hitoshi Takizawa; three sistersHelen Parise, Jean Nordberg, Mary Lyman; and a brother, Thomas.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 5, 2014