Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cribbage Hall of Famer Joe Bernard: pegged out

From The Daily Herald:

"Joseph F. Bernard of Antioch: Joseph F. Bernard, 76, formerly of Libertyville, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Libertyville, to Charles and Anna Bernard. His father, for whom Lake Charles in Libertyville was named, died of mustard gas poisoning in World War I, before Joe was born. He was a Libertyville resident for most his life, residing in Antioch for the past 10 years. He was a 1950 graduate of Libertyville High School and attended Lake Forest College. He was a member of the Army and a volunteer fireman for the Libertyville Fire Department. He was an avid card player and was a life member of the American Cribbage Congress. Joe achieved the rank of Master 2 stars, was elected to the Cribbage Hall of Fame, and served as the Midwest Regional Manager. He was delighted to have recently won his favorite tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and made many dear friends while playing in the circuit. He also loved fishing with his sons, kidding with his grandchildren, Snapple peach ice tea, Klondike bars and word or number puzzles. "How will we survive without his delightful wit and sense of fun*" Surviving are is wife, Cynthia of Antioch; four children, Cheryl (Ran) Davis of Gurnee, Pam (Glenn) Diedrich of Winthrop Harbor, Stephen (Nancy) Bernard of Antioch and Chris (Jennifer) Bernard of Chicago; six grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Diedrich, Rebecca, Shaun and Leah Davis, and Ethan Bernard; one sister, Mary Ann (Jack) Meyers of Viroqua, Wis.; one brother, Charles "Jerry" (the late Ellie) Bernard of Mundelein; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, "Chick" Bernard. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. The funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at Ascension Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation. For information, 847-362-3009."

Original article here.

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