Jerome Bernauer

May 1, 1921 ~ November 27, 2019 (age 98)


Jerome Bernauer passed from this world on Wed, Nov 27, at the age of 98. His visitation will be Sunday, 12/1, from 5:00-7:00 at St. Michael Catholic Church with rosary recitation at 7:00.  The funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. John O’Donnell, O.S.B., will be celebrated at 11:00 on 12/2, with burial at St. Michael Cemetery.

Mr. Bernauer was born in Florence on May 1, 1921 to L.J. and Catherine Bernauer.  When he was 4 years old, his family moved to St. Florian, where he resided for the rest of his life. He joined the Army and after basic training in Miami, returned home to marry Marianne Macke on Feb 19, 1944. A short time later he shipped out of Seattle and served on a Radar Maintenance Unit in Hawaii & Okinawa. After returning home in 1946, Jerome worked at L.J. Bernauer & Son General Store. He then worked with Allstate Insurance Company from 1957 until he retired.

Jerome was a caring and gentle man who was dearly loved by his family and friends. He was quiet and kind - always willing to help those in need without asking for recognition or gratitude. His family will always cherish his sense of humor and way of always knowing just what to say.

He’s preceded in death by his wife, parents, step-mother/aunt Minnie Bernauer, 5 siblings, Louis, Bea, Kate, Pat and Joe, and brother-in-law Bill Macke.

He is survived by his 3 children, Mary, Jay & wife Bonnie, and Beth; special cousin, Mary Evers; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Tejeda (Tomas), Jason Vermillion (Lyuda), Kim McCary, Gwen Zuendel (Andy), Jacob Bernauer (Christa), & Jeff Bernauer (Sabrina); 8 Great grandchildren Hayden & Addie McCary, Kaitlyn & Drew Zuendel, Ben, Mari Liz & Audrey Bernauer and Kadance; and loving nieces & nephews.

Serving as pallbearers: Jacob Bernauer , Jeff Bernauer , Michael Bernauer , Hayden McCary, Tony D’Ambrose, and Tim Macke.

A special thanks given to Dr. Lyman Mitchell for his many years of loving care, St. Michael Loaves & Fishes for delicious meals, Fr. John, Deacon Steve Kirkpatrick and David Locker, friends and our St. Michael Parish family for all the love and kindness.

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Recitation of the Rosary
December 1, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. Michael's Catholic Church
2751 County Road 30
Florence, AL 35634

Funeral Mass
December 2, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Michael's Catholic Church
2751 County Road 30
Florence, AL 35634


St. Michael's Cemetery
2751 County Road 30
Florence, AL 35634

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