Mary Bernards
1927 - 2021

Bernards, Mary Louise (Simon)

WAUNAKEE - Mary Louise (Simon) Bernards, almost 94, of Waunakee, peacefully passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, surrounded by family at Agrace HospiceCare.

Mary was born on March 18, 1927, in Madison, Wis., to Walter and E. Louise (Kopp) Simon. She married the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Bernards, on Sept. 8, 1951. In 1953, they moved to Waunakee, into the house that Bob built for their family. Mary and Bob were married for 68 years before his passing in November 2019.

Throughout Mary's life, her family was her priority, and she loved spending time with them. They have many fond memories especially holiday gatherings, camping adventures and playing cards.

Mary was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Her faith was the source of her positive attitude. Whatever the situation, Mary said, "It happened for a reason," and found the silver lining in every cloud.

She volunteered at Meriter Hospital's Gift Shop, the Red Cross, USO and supported Bob in his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts and EMS. She also worked for 19 years at Waunakee High School in the principal's and guidance offices. Mary enjoyed her "500" card club which met regularly for 50 years. She was an avid reader and enthusiastic shopper.

Mary and Bob enjoyed traveling, starting on their 25th wedding anniversary and continuing every year to all parts of the world, including Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and throughout the U.S., including three trips to Alaska. She once submitted 36 postcards to enter a contest for a trip to Hawaii and an appearance on the Don Ho Show-and she won! A highlight of their travels was a safari in Kenya to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mary is survived by her brother, Robert (Sue) Simon, Sun Prairie; brother-in-law, Don (Sis) Bernards, Windsor; daughters, Sue (Tim) Kennedy of Minneapolis, Nancy (Dustin) Thompto of Madison, and Kathi (Ken) Busse of Sun Prairie; sons, Steve (Brenda) Bernards of Rhinelander, Dick (Vicky) Bernards of Waunakee and Tim Bernards (fiancée, Christina) of Phillips; grandchildren, Kelly (Steve) Linton, Robert (Amy) Kennedy, Brian (Kim) Bernards, Michelle (Aaron) Rohan, Kathryn (Matthew) McMurray, and Matt (Lea) Bernards; great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Jack Linton, Jaiden Romo, Madeline and Ava Kennedy, A.J., Micah, Logan, Titus, Shiloh and Ayla Rohan, David and Rachel McMurray, and two more expected in May; and nieces and nephews, Barb (Gary) Harris, Don (Deb) Bernards Jr., Gerry (Karen) Bernards, Jeff (Penny) Bernards, Dawn (Matt) Craven, Tammy (Phil) Williams, Peter (Jenny) Simon, Jon (Andrea) Simon and Beth (John) Heilmann.

Mary was welcomed to heaven by her savior, Jesus, along with her husband, Bob; parents, Walter and Louise; father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Barbara Bernards; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Keith Hohlstein; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at ST. JOHN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 209 South St., Waunakee. Monsignor James Gunn will officiate. The Mass will be livestreamed at at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Mary had a full, wonderful, life, and she felt very blessed by all she had. Her family is especially grateful for Dr. Mon Yun Yee for his many years of kindhearted care, Meriter Hospital, Waunakee EMS and Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care while helping her life's journey end peacefully. Special thanks also to Winn-Cress Funeral Home for their kindness and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for distribution to Mary's favorite charities. Please share your memories at


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Published by from Feb. 14 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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Mary was lovely lady , we were pleased to have known her. Our sympathy to all of the family
Ken and Sharon Diericks
February 22, 2021
Your NCCPAC AM family
February 18, 2021
Prayers and sympathy to their family's ---your mom & dad were a very special and caring couple.
JoAnn Buchanan-Rounds
February 18, 2021
Jim and Sandy McCarthy
February 15, 2021