Pearl Elizabeth Czerniak
1924 - 2014
Pearl Czerniak, a long-time resident of the Inland Empire was born and grew up in Sydney, Australia. During the later years of World War II she met a young U.S. sailor serving in the Pacific. After the war Pearl rejoined that sailor Albin (Al) Czerniak, while he was stationed in San Diego and they were married in Al's birthplace in Ohio where they lived for a short time. But the call of West was strong and they soon set out to drive to California. A flat tire in Colton, lead to a residence there that lasted the remainder of both their lifetimes. Together they built the house that became Pearl's home for more than sixty years and together they raised a family of three daughters, Linda, Tina and Sandra. During the Korean War, Al returned to active duty with the navy, and was stationed in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, for the duration of the conflict, where Pearl and the new-born Linda joined him. Following the Korean War, Al with Pearl's help, established a highly esteemed case-work business also located in Colton. Al died in 1989, and Pearl continued running the business for several years.
Pearl passed away on August 1 at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center of heart failure. She had been in poor health for some months following a stroke suffered earlier this year, but her strong character and independent nature helped her return to her home for all but the last few days of her life. Pearl is survived by daughters Linda Donson, Tina Rodgerson, and Sandra Bye; granddaughter MacKenna Bye; and sons-in-law Glenn Donson, Denis Rodgerson and Cork Bye.
A memorial service will be held at Greenacres Memorial Park, 11715 Cedar Avenue, Bloomington, California, at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Aug. 9, 2014