John C. “Jack” Bernhard

John BernhardJohn C. “Jack” Bernhard, 84, of Frackville, passed away peacefully Thursday morning at Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Shenandoah Heights.

Born in Shenandoah, Nov. 13, 1930, he was a son of the late George and Anna Powell Bernhard.

John was a 1948 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School.

He was a decorated Army veteran of the Korean War. He received the Occupation Medal with Germany clasp and the National Defense Service Medal.

He first worked as a milkman for the former Brokhoff’s Dairy, Shenandoah, and then worked and retired from the former Zapata Industries, Frackville, as an inspector.

On Sept. 11, 1955, at the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Frackville, he married his wife, the former Anna Mae Houser, who survives.

BeagleJohn was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Friendship Fire Company and Frackville Senior Citizens, all of Frackville; and AMVETS Post 7 and the Rescue Hook and Ladder Fire Company, both of Shenandoah. He was a member of the board of directors and the treasurer of Odd Fellows Cemetery Association, Shenandoah, and he was also the treasurer and past Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge 591, Shenandoah. John was also a member of the Schuylkill County Firefighters Association.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting, especially with his beagles. He took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren and family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Sukana.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 59 years, are three daughters, Patti, wife of Melvin Johnson, Fountain Springs, Ashland, Lynda, wife of George Rittle, Ringtown, and Bonnie Bernhard Sukana and her husband, Andrew, Frackville; six grandchildren, Brandi and Christopher Johnson, Sara Bloschock and Stephen, Rebecca and John Rittle; a brother, Ronald Bernhard and his wife, Margaret, Shenandoah Heights; nieces and nephews.

US FlagFuneral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Frackville. The Rev. Gene Stevenson, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 56 N. Balliet St., Frackville, PA 17931.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

John C. “Jack” Bernhard Has 4 Condolences Posted:

  1. Edith and Bill Conrad says:

    Sending sincere sympathy and prayers , in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by many that knew him. He was a kind soul!

  2. Megan Gearhart says:

    So sorry to hear about Jackie. He was always kind to me. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

  3. Marian Drasher says:

    Dear Bonnie,

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


    Marian Drasher

  4. Donna Ellis says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was a very nice man….really liked him a lot. I know you have many great memories – he’ll always be missed but remembered fondly.