Jerome H. Berner

Jerome H. Berner

Jerome H. ‘Jerry’ Berner of Portage, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2007 in Florida. He is now with his Lord to join his wife Dorothy and his dog Fritz. Jerry was born July 22, 1935 in Mishawaka, IN, the son of Hillary and Mary Catherine (Ter-Bush) Berner. He was a 1953 graduate of Otsego High School. From 1954 to 1957, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps and was honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Quantico, Virginia. He was employed with KVP Sutherland and as a foreman at General Motors in Kalamazoo, retiring in 1999. Since his retirement, he had spent his winters in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Jerry loved being with his grandchildren and families and enjoyed being on the beach and fishing in Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on October 7, 2002 also 2 sisters, Rosemary Anson and Mary Catherine Folkert. Surviving are his daughter, Ann Berner of Fort Myers Beach, his son, Kevin (Michelle) Berner of Battle Creek; his step-daughter, Barbara (Chris) Madura of Grand Rapids; 6 grandchildren, Jason, Scott, Tiffany, Candace, Jarrett and Brooke; 3 brothers, William (Geraldine) Berner of Otsego, Philip (Joyce) Berner of Otsego, Frederick (Brenda) Berner of Kalamazoo; many nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by his friends and neighbors in Florida and Michigan and his cat Cally ‘Alley Cat’. Friends may meet the family on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM, Pastor Philip R. Griffin officiating. Interment of cremains will be at Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Kalamazoo.

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