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Josephine I. "Jo" Bernard

Josephine I. Bernard    â€œbeloved mother and grandmother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA----Josephine I. “Jo” Bernard, 84, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, following a long illness.
     Born July 27, 1930 in West Clarksville, NY, she was a daughter of Cleo F. and Mildred I. Ferrington Fisk.   On October 29, 1951 in Olean, NY, she married John A. Bernard, who passed away on April 26, 1985.
     Jo was a graduate of Bolivar High School.  She was employed as a nurse’s aide at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse and was also a caregiver for area families.  Jo retired as a housekeeper from the former St. Francis Hospital in Olean.
     Jo was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse. She was a “Jill of all trades”.  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word search puzzles, and feeding the birds.  She was a loving wife and mother, always making sure her family was cared for, since her greatest love was her family.
     Surviving are four sons, Christopher (Brenda) Bernard of Powhantan, Va., Steve (Carol) Bernard of Coudersport, Gary (Wendy) Bernard of Shinglehouse, and Paul (Michelle) Bernard of Gasport, N.Y.; two daughters, Cynthia (Bill) Ryan of Wellsville, N.Y. and Linda Bernard of Ceres, N.Y.; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth F. Lowe of Olean, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
     In addition to her parents and husband, Jo was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah L. “Deb” Pearsall, who passed away on April 2, 2015; two brothers; and four sisters.
     Friends may call on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 with the Rev. Thomas E. Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.


I am so sorry to hear about your mom and sister. I knew and grew up with you kids. For many yrs we were neighbors. May you all have many happy memories.

Deanna Hackett Owens Apr 25 2015 12:00 AM

Praying for you all, may GOD be with you and lift you up and give you the strength to get through the hard times and make you smile when you think of all the great memories your family has made with each other.

Donna & Glenn Apr 13 2015 12:00 AM

Dear friends,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady,
she always had time to stop and chat. My mom always enjoyed it so much
when she would stop and talk when she would go by the house.
She will be missed by many. Hang on to the memories and know that
you will meet again. You all will be in my prayers.
God Bless You All.

Howard Wheeler Sr. Apr 11 2015 12:00 AM

Your family doesn't know me but my mother was Beverley Ferrington Richerson and she was born in the same town and went to the same school and was 2 yrs and 10 days older than your mom. I don't know if they were first cousins or not. Your mother looked just like my mother - all Ferrington! I was just reading the other condolences here and read that there were two tragedies close together. My aunt Evelyn Ferrington Benson died in Olean on Feb 8th and her 30 year old grand daughter died a few days later too. One of my great grandmothers lived in Shinglehouse also. So many similarities that I felt the need to write.  Bless you all, Yvonne Richerson- Hamburg, NY

D. Yvonne Richerson Apr 11 2015 12:00 AM

To the Bernard Family - Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all during your time of grief.  Mary & Laurie

Laurie Anderson & Mary Blanchard Apr 10 2015 12:00 AM

To the Bernard family, Kanda, & Matt,

I can't imagine the pain of losing two loved ones in less than a week!

Thank you all for your support given to Deb & me during her battle to live.  We know that we didn't take the journey alone.  You can take comfort knowing that they both are at peace together, with no more pain, no more suffering, and that they both loved all of you very much!

Wade Pearsall Apr 10 2015 12:00 AM

So very sorry to learn of another loss for you, especially so soon.  Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sadness.  God Bless.

Mike & Beth (Austin) Bell Apr 10 2015 12:00 AM

I can not begin to imagine how difficult it must be to have lost two loved ones so close together. My condolences.

Becky Austin Apr 10 2015 12:00 AM

Much love and sympathy to the entire Bernard family, this sure has been a tough month for you all. It was a pleasure to grow up as neighbors, classmates and friends....God Bless.

Cherry and Mike Apr 9 2015 12:00 AM

We are sad to hear of your mom's (Aunt Jo's) passing.  She was truly a very special person, so kind and caring to all.  I have many memories of visiting you all when we were young. I loved eating over especially when she made chili. Aunt Jo made the best chili!  Thinking of you all and sending love and prayers at this difficult time.

Karen & Rich Kittle Apr 9 2015 12:00 AM