TOLUCA - John A. "Jack" Bernardi, 89, of Toluca died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 9:10 a.m. at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator, Ill., after suffering a fall at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Toluca, with Fr. Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ann's Cemetery, with full military rites. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, Toluca.
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He was born Feb. 12, 1925 in Streator, Ill., the first child of Nildo "Mona" and Mae Swartz Bernardi. He married Alma M. Biagini on Nov. 13, 1944, in Hays, Kan. She died Jan. 1, 2008.
They had three sons. Surviving are John (Suzanne) of Galena, Frederick of Pekin and Thomas (Renee) of Austin, Texas; three sisters, Joyce Ryan and Mary Ann Martynowski, both of Toluca, and Alice (Jan) Nellie of Springfield; and one brother, Michael (Cynthia) of Toluca; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife and one brother, Jerry (his surviving spouse Blanche).
Jack was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he returned to Toluca, where he worked in his father's businesses before taking over the Toluca Lanes, a four-lane bowling establishment that he built into a thriving operation, with league play seven nights a week and a sports bar second to none. After he sold his business in the late 1970s, he worked as a teller at the local bank until his retirement.
He was a member of the Toluca American Legion Post 440 and St. Ann's Catholic Church.
Jack had many friends from across the state and all walks of life. He cherished them all. He was a man's man and always the life of the party. He was proud to be the oldest living member of the Toluca Bernardi family. He had a long and full life and will be missed by all.
May he rest in God's peace and be reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Alma.