Robert A. Berles Jenison Robert A. Berles of Jenison, age 89, died on Wednesday December 5, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife Gerrie (1974), and their babies, Joseph, Robert and Mary, and by his twin sisters Betty (Richard) Brandstatter and Peggy Berles. He is survived by his daughter Patricia Treanor, his granddaughters Annemarie (Antonio) Becerril-Nuding, Theresa (Curt) Daggett and Christina Treanor, and great grandchildren Justin, Alexis, Garrett and Paige, all of the Lansing area. He is also survived by his sister Mary (Richard) Knape, his brothers Jerry (Patricia), C. William, Frank (Martha), and twenty three favorite nephews and nieces and their spouses and children. Bob was a naval officer during WWII, who served in combat aboard the USS War Hawk, an attack transport. Bob was a graduate of Aquinas College (where in later years he taught courses in Corrections) and the Catholic University of America (MSW). He was a caseworker for Catholic Social Services for 5 years before joining the Michigan Department of Corrections where he held a variety of positions until he retired after 30 years in 1984 as its treatment director. He was a volunteer counselor for many years at the Polk Correctional Facility, a prison near his winter home in Florida. Bob was a longtime member of Sunnybrook Country Club. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus. A classical music buff, Bob enjoyed singing in choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing, in St. Joseph's Church in Winter Haven, Florida, and in St. Mary's Church, 423 First Street, in Grand Rapids, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 am, where he will repose one hour prior. His family will receive visitors Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance NW, a Vigil Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to St. John's Home or Friends of St. Mary's Church will be appreciated. Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary www.arsulowiczbrothers.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 8, 2012