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Family-Placed Death Notice
John Robert Bieberstein died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the age of 74. John was born in Madison, WI; graduated from Central High School and St. Olaf College in 1956. He served 10 years in the Air Force as a T-33 and T-38 instructor pilot, check pilot, and standardization evaluation officer until 1965 when he became a pilot with Eastern Airlines. He flew with Eastern for 25 years retiring as Captain and check airman on the DC9 in 1990. He also served in the Alabama Air National Guard flying F-84's. John was a 10 year member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro where he taught Sunday School, was a member of the church choir and served on the Administrative Council. He was a dedicated volunteer developing and leading a neighborhood swim program, holding leadership positions in his community, working with Camp Fire both locally and nationally for more than 30 years. John took great pride in his marriage to his wife Mary (Casterton) Bieberstein celebrating 50 years together in September 8, 2007. He is survived by his wife, their two daughters, Janet Hutchins of Lawrenceville, and Jaci Sharitz and her husband T. J. Sharitz of Duluth, his sister, JoAnn Lange and her husband, Robert Lange, of Madison, WI, and his four grandchildren, Christopher Hutchins, Jennifer Hutchins, Rachel Sharitz, and Daniel Sharitz as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents Adolf Joseph Bieberstein and Amine Ella (Tanner) Kalhagen of Madison, WI and his half brother, Hans Bieberstein also of Madison, WI. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend. He was an inspiration to many throughout his life and will be greatly missed. The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, January 14, 2008, from 6-8 pm at McCommons Funeral Home, 109 West Broad Street, Greensboro, GA. A celebration of his life will take place at The First United Methodist Church of Greensboro, GA at 2 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church of Greensboro, P.O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642 for the South Campus choir room. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA., (706)453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 14, 2008