Larry Gene Bernabei
1941 - 2021
Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home
1601 East Norris Drive
Ottawa, IL
Larry Gene Bernabei
Born: February 22, 1941Died: December 18, 2021
Larry Gene Bernabei, age 80, of Ottawa, passed away December 18, 2021 following a courageous battle with Covid.
Larry was born February 22, 1941 at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley, Illinois, a son of Geno and Olympia (Brasi) Bernabei. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Benya) Bernabei; sons, Mark (Jessica Davis) Bernabei and Matt (Beth Grooms) Bernabei all of Ottawa; grandchildren, Joe, Lilliana, Mario, Ella and Margaret Bernabei all of Ottawa; and a brother, Gerald Bernabei of Oglesby. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Joseph Bernabei.
A Memorial Mass was held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 6th at St. Francis Church in Ottawa with Rev. David M. Kipfer officiating. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Granville. Pallbearers were Terry Mix, Ryan Holcman, Ben Dolder and Matt Penoyer. Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
Larry received his education at Standard Grade School, Hopkins High School in Granville, Illinois Valley Community College and Illinois State University. He was a man of deep faith who dearly loved his family, friends, neighbors and farming. Larry loved to travel, garden, raise livestock and preserving our environment. Many weekends would find Larry and his father doing concrete finishing for residents of Standard.
Larry was a professional accordionist from his youth. He worked at Moews Seed Company, Westclox and as a carpenter. Larry was an industrial engineer at Modern Collett in Oglesby and Sunstrand in LaSalle. He farmed for 50 years in Ottawa Township.
Larry was a member of the Illinois Valley Headers in Standard, was a member of the Star Dusters Band with Pete, Dave and Larry from Putnam County, served as a Standard Trustee, served on the Standard Fire Department. He was a member of St. Francis Church and St. Francis Men's Club in Ottawa, the National Machine Tool Builders Association, the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers and the LaSalle County Farm Bureau. Larry was the founder and director of Residents Against a Polluted Environment (RAPE). It was his wish that everyone would do something to preserve the environment. He would often say "It has been a great ride."
Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Francis Church Improvement Fund. To share a memory, please visit or Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home on Facebook.
1601 East Norris Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone (815) 433-0097

Published by Putnam County Record from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2022.
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Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Gladfelter Funeral Home
January 7, 2022
Our prayer are with you and your family
Peggy kehoe
January 6, 2022
My heartfelt condolences to Gerald and the rest of Larry´s family at this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.
David Mendriski
January 4, 2022
Our deepest sympathy to the Bernabei Family. I will always remember the hard working and kind family who lived a few blocks from me. May wonderful memories help you thru the difficult times. God Bless, Sherry & Lee (Vulcani) Boedigheimer
Sherry A Boedigheimer
January 4, 2022
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