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Anthony J. Bernardo "Dukie"

Anthony James "Dukie" Bernardo, 85 years old, of Wilmington, Delaware, died after a long struggle with several ailments including chronic heart failure on December 19 at Compassionate Care Hospice in Wilmington surrounded by his family. Anthony James Bernardo was born on July 9, 1930 in Wilmington, the son of Anthony and Mary Corsano Bernardo. He graduated from Salesianum School in 1948 and the University of Delaware in 1952. He entered the University of Pennsylvania and received a DDS degree in 1956. He served in the Army as a dentist and was present on Eniwetok Atoll for the last American above-ground nuclear bomb tests. While on the island, he amassed an extensive shell collection. He worked as a dentist from 1959 until his retirement in 2006. He was active for many years in the Wilmington Friends of Italian Culture and served as its president for a time. Art, tennis, and squash were among his many activities. Anthony Bernardo is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ann of 56 years, two sisters Carmela and Joanne, his children Anthony Jr., Loretta, Michael, Thomas, Nan, David, and Mary Catherine, and seven grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Wilmington Hospital and St. Francis Hospital for their kindness and support. In lieu of flowers a donations can be made to Nativity Prep. School c/o the Oblates of St. Francs de Sales, 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilm., DE. 19806 in his name. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, December 22, at 11am at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th & DuPont St. Wilm. where friends may call after 9:30 am. Interment is scheduled for 1:45pm at St. Patrick's Cemetery Hockessin, DE. To send an online condolence please visit

Published in The News Journal from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2015
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