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Joan F. Berne


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Joan F. Berne Obituary
May 8, 1922 - May 10, 2016 Joan F. Berne passed away at home on May 10, 2016. As she herself acknowledged, she lived a wonderful life. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Joan ventured to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and fell in love with the city. When safety concerns during World War II took her back to Ohio, it gave her the opportunity to meet the love of her life. She married Frederick Berne in 1946 and his work took them to Detroit, Philadelphia and Cleveland. In a stroke of fate they were asked to move to Los Angeles to run the company's office there. By then she had a daughter Paddy and son Fred Jr. and she knew she wanted to live in Beverly Hills because of the outstanding schools. After some searching they bought a house that she lived in for 63 years. Her life was filled with raising her children, volunteer work at Cedars -Sinai, working with the family business and mahjong. When Fred Jr. left for college Joan and Fred joined Hillcrest Country Club and Joan took up golf; a good reason to shop for chic outfits, with matching shoes. Joan and Fred enjoyed traveling and lived busy lives with involvement in numerous charitable organizations.That phase of her life ended unexpectedly in 1982 when Fred passed away. A new chapter began marked by her connection to her children and later grandchildren, Nicole and Jacob. Joan believed that everyone should have someone in their life who believes they are perfect. She was going to be that person for her grandchildren and she was a master. She became famous for the "Grandma Lunch", usually a hot fudge sundae or a root beer float. She loved road trips with Fred Jr. and his wife Peri Ellen to Las Vegas, her Disneyland, or Northern California to see Paddy and her husband Horst. She loved trying new restaurants despite having the appetite of a sparrow and she kept Ferragamo in the black for decades. She loved her life and even in her later years, battling illness, she was upbeat and positive. She will be missed and remembered most lovingly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Frederick Berne library at Cedars-Sinai.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 11 to May 12, 2016
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