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Dr. Bituin Tolentino Bernardo


1939 - 2019
Dr.  Bituin Tolentino Bernardo Obituary
Dr. Bituin Tolentino Bernardo

Dr. Bituin Tolentino Bernardo, 80, passed away peacefully with family gathered by her side on October 31, 2019 at Fresno Community Regional Medical Center. Surviving Dr. Bernardo are her husband Rodolfo, and her sons Robert and Rodney. She's also survived by her brother, Isagani and her two sisters, Elvi and Rose.

Bituin—which means "star" in the Philippine language—was born on February 16, 1939 to Vicente and Elena Tolentino in Manila, Philippines. She graduated from medical school at the Far Eastern University in Metro Manila. Dr. Bernardo emigrated to California in the 1970s with her family.

Dr. Bernardo specialized in anesthesia and practiced in California, New York, and Texas. After a brief retirement, she decided to go back to medicine and work in family practice. In 2007, she was recognized with a Congressional award for being a "top doctor" in America. When she wasn't with her colleagues and her patients, Dr. Bernardo enjoyed gardening and spending time with her dogs, Miley and Paco and her six turtles: King Richard, Ace, Elle, Touche, Crash, and Prince Kelly.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 15 from 2-4 p.m. at Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory located at 475 North Broadway Street in Fresno, CA 93701. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Bituin Bernardo to: Congregation B'nai David located at 1039 South Chinowth Street, Visalia, CA 93277.
Published in Visalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-Register from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2019
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