October 28, 1917 ~ May 12, 2012
Dr. Bernard Berner, 94, died May 12, 2012 at Castle Point Veterans
Bernard Berner graduated high school at 14, the youngest that year
in 1932, in New York City. He entered the Navy in July 1940 as an
Apprentice Seaman. By the end of WWII, he had attained the rank of
Lieutenant Commander. He had served as a line officer on a battleship
and a heavy cruiser, The USS Tuscaloosa, which took part in the biggest
convoy battle of the war in the Arctic Ocean, PQ17. He was then given
command of The USS LST 317. He led this ship along campaigns in North
Africa and into the invasion of Sicily. Bernard received many medals
while in the service and has also had his war memoirs recently accepted
by the Library of Congress.
Thanks to the GI Bill, Bernard got his Master’s degree at Columbia
University and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at New York University.
Dr. Berner worked for the Veteran’s Administration for 31 years. This
included 22 years at the Yale University’s Medical School, and
professional assignments at Southern Connecticut State College and the
University of New Haven. President John F. Kennedy awarded him a citation
for his work with the underprivileged and the handicapped. Bernard was
also named Man of the Year for this work in New Haven, CT.
Bernard earned an Exempt Certificate for years as a Voluntary Fireman
and was a Past President of the Chelsea Fire Company. He also served
as Past President of the then Chelsea/Brockway School Board. Dr. Berner
also did volunteer work for the VFW and DAV for many years. During his
stay at the VA Castle Point Nursing Home, Bernard served on different
committees there until very recently.
Dr. Berner is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 70 years,
Isabelle. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters,
Patricia Barth of Shokan, NY, and Anita and her husband Nicholas
Donofrio of Ridgefield, CT, a son Joseph and his wife Karen Berner of
Potsdam, NY, six grandchildren, Terry Hockler, Nicholas Hockler,
Michael Donofrio, Nicole Donofrio, Valerie Berner, Jason Berner, and
five great-grandchildren, Lauren Hockler, Kristyn Hockler, Nicholas
Hockler, Edie Donofrio, and Lena Donofrio.
‘Bernie’ was a rare, wonderful man who loved his family and friends with
a pure, unconditional love. Everyone who knew him loved him in return.
Dr. Berner will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. There will
be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
‘Doctors Without Borders’ online at
or by sending directly to: Doctors Without Borders USA, 333 Seventh
Avenue, 2nd floor , New York, NY 10001, Attn: Planned Giving
Please visit Dr. Berner’s web site at http://www.bernardberner.com
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Date Of Service
No Calling Hours
Location Of Service
Dr. Berner will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery