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Our beloved Arturo J. (Babe) Bernal, age 93, entered eternal life on June 26, 2013. Babe was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 13, 1920 and lived and worked in San Antonio throughout his entire life. He was preceded in death by his mother, Antonia Juarez Bernal and father Jose Maria Bernal, and brothers, Edward, Robert, Alex, Ramiro, and Gilbert. Babe is survived by his brother Joe J. Bernal (Mary Esther) and two sisters, Celia Hernandez (Cleofas) and Margie Paniagua (Fred) and numerous nieces and nephews. Arturo died quietly in his sleep after being overcome by dementia over several years.
For a brief period of his life Babe, along with Robert worked in one of President Roosevelt's federal work programs restoring old Parks in Texas. However the happiest days of his life were managing the old Progreso Drug Store on the corner of Guadalupe and Brazos Streets back in the late 1940s and 1950s. He made friends with all customers but especially with children who never left the drug store without a smile on their face after getting a small pilon candy. Babe, while not being a registered pharmacist, knew the name of every medicine he sold and what its label said it did. He loved sports and followed Lanier High School's basketball and football scheduled program. But his favorite break away from work was fishing in the Corpus Christi coastal area, which he did whenever time permitted. He had a closet full of every conceivable type of fishing equipment.
After the closing of the drug store he went to work for the state as an assistant to the pharmacists at the Texas State Hospital and eventually retired after serving there for over 15 years.
"Babe," according to his brother Joe, "was a person who was happy with his life. He had a quiet disposition and spoke in soft tones. In the many years of interacting with him, I never heard him raise his voice nor speak harshly about any one. a perfectly gentle person."
Babe lived and was cared for by his sister Margie and her husband Fred in their home for several years before he moved to his own apartment. The three of them would go on vacations together during those special and happy years he lived with them.
Arturo's family wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the many friends he made at the Oak Knoll Villa Senior Citizens Apartments, for the daily familiar visits by cousin Edward Juarez, and most especially for the kind services provided by the Girling Nursing Care staff, and Dr. Carlos Roldan and the Odyssy Hospice Staff.
Visitation will begin Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at Trevino Funeral Home, 226 Cupples Rd. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. that same evening. A procession will depart the funeral home Wednesday, July 03, 2013 at 8:30A.M. for a 9:00A.M. Mass of Resurrection at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with interment to follow in San Fernando Cemetery II.
Published in Express-News from July 2 to July 3, 2013