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Reverend Jasper Bernard "Bernie" Stymus

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Reverend  Jasper Bernard "Bernie" Stymus Obituary
Reverend Jasper Bernard
"Bernie" Stymus
April 23, 1918 – November 30, 2013
Well done, good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:21a
Jasper Bernard "Bernie" Stymus, 95, went home peacefully and joyfully to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the morning of November 30, 2013. He was surrounded by his two devoted daughters, Judy Thompson and Kathy Roemer, and a few close friends.
Bernie's Godly legacy will continue to be an encouragement throughout the next generations. Bernie's heart was filled with love, hope, and joy. He was warm and endearing, had quite the wit and a great sense of humor. Bernie had a way of making hard times seem lighter. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, pastor, teacher, and friend and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
Bernie was born in Greece, New York in 1918 to William and Bertha Stymus and spent most of his early years in New York. He had one brother, Edwin Eugene, and one nephew, Bill Stymus.
Bernie served for three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theater, serving as a radio operator in a mobile outfit with AACS in England, France, and Germany. He gladly returned home to the United States on the Queen Mary immediately following the surrender of Japan.
Bernie first heard the good news of Jesus Christ at age 19. Early after the war ended, he felt the call to serve the Lord as a pastor. Bernie attended California Baptist College, Biola University, and Talbot Theological Seminary, where he received his Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Divinity, and Masters of Theology earning a Th.B and Th.M.
Rev. Stymus served as pastor of the American Indian Mission Church of Los Angeles, Bell Gardens Baptist Church, and Calvary Baptist Church of Fontana. Following his pastorate, he began his role in active lay ministry as a member of Sunrise Church (formerly Rialto Community Baptist Church) where he taught Sunday School, lead small groups, men's groups, discipleship groups, as well individual mentoring. He was truly a servant, both in and out of church.
On February 1, 1948, Bernie married his precious sweetheart Adeline "Addie" Walheim. She was the faithful wife, companion, and mother of their two daughters, Judy Thompson and Kathy Roemer, as well as two grandchildren, twins Gregory and Jaime Roemer, and one great granddaughter, Mykayla. Addie went home to be with the Lord in 1972.
Bernie married his dear and sweet Sarah "Sally" Gibson in 1973, and became step-parent to two adult children, David Gibson and Sharon Lepore; four grandchildren: David, Kevin, Jennifer, and Steven; eight great grandchildren: and one great-great granddaughter.
J.B., as wife Addie liked to call him, very much enjoyed camping with his "girls"—at the beach, rivers, lakes, and in national parks. Bernie and Sally also took much pleasure from their many RV trips. An unforgettable family memory was that of sharing Thanksgiving feasts at Carpinteria State Beach.
It was the desire of Bernie's heart that everything he did would bring glory to Jesus, the Lord of his life. He desired that his life would influence many to come to know Him as Lord, and especially that his children and grandchildren would come to fully know God and His Word.
A celebration of Bernie's life will be held on Monday, December 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Sunrise Church, corner of Riverside and Ayala, Rialto, California. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Green Acres Cemetery in Bloomington, California.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be sent in memory of Jasper Bernard Stymus to the Billy Graham Association at: https://honor.billygraham.org/
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:4-5
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Dec. 6, 2013
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