Amber Lee Bernath, 28, passed away on January 11, 2013, with her loved ones by her side. Amber was born on March 5, 1984, at Rainbow, Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH.|
After moving to Ramona with her family at a young age, Amber quickly realized her one true love; animals. From dogs and chickens to pigs and dolphins, Amber never met an animal she didn't love (or own!). Her compassion was contagious.
Amber was a true original with a funky sense of style that was all her own. She considered shopping more than a hobby, but a means of self-expression. Amber had a knack for finding the perfect piece of jewelry and took great pride in her endless collection of charms. She loved sifting through vintage shops and reading about the latest fashion trends. Most recently, Amber discovered a love of cooking, a passion she shared with her mother. Testing out new recipes became a weekly routine and was something that Amber really enjoyed.
A graduate of the Institute for Effective Education, Amber was a genuine soul who devoted her life to helping others. Whether volunteering at the local shelter or spending time with the disabled, Amber had a heart that was forever open. She was sweet. She was kind. She was our Amber and she will be endlessly missed by all.
She is survived by her mother, Betty Mae Bernath; aunts and uncles, Sue and Kevin Chapman, Judy and Jim Besunder, Marilyn and Michael Lapidies and family and Arlene and Stanley Bernath; cousins, Ashley and Chris Chapman, Alexandria and Jonathan Hirko, Vera, Ed, Leah and Shawn Dunagan, the Rothensfeld family, Deby Schwartz and the Folkman family; and adorable yellow Labrador, Lucy. She is preceded in death by her father, Robert George Bernath; and grandparents, Eva and Charles Bernath and Gladys and Bernard Jacobson.
Memorial services are planned for Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the home of Janet Lenahan in Ramona, call 440-759-7851 for details.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Amber's name to PAWS San Diego, www.pawssandiego.org and to Congregation Etz Chaim, www.etzchaimramona.org, P.O. Box 1138, Ramona, CA 92065.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 17, 2013