HOWLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Francis J. “Bernie” Bernatowicz of Howland, Ohio passed peacefully at his home Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at the age of 87.
He was born October 17, 1933 in Snyder, West Virginia to the late Louis and Stella Bernatowicz.
He came to Ohio from West Virginia at the age of 17 but always had a soft spot in his heart for the old home place and his nine brothers and sisters.
He worked as an electrician for LTV, Republic Steel and retired from WCI in 1994.
He enjoyed deer hunting, golf and was an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his soulmate and wife of 33 years, Elaine C. (Todut) Bernatowicz; daughter, Annette Bernatowicz of Howland, Ohio; daughter, Jeanette Wilson of Cambridge, Minnesota; stepdaughter, Valerie Allen (Jeff) of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Erik Wilson (Amanda), Louie Allen and Janie Allen and great-granddaughter, Peyton Wilson. He is also survived by brothers, John Bernatowicz (Kay), Ludwik Bernatowicz (Joyce) and Patrick Bernatowicz (Loretta); sisters, Rose Ann Lenhart, Toni Bernatowicz and Terry Spear; sisters-in-law, Pauline Bernatowicz and Rosemary Bernatowicz and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Marian Metea; brothers, Edward Bernatowicz and Joe Bernatowicz and brothers-in-law, Cornell Metea, Fred Spear and Jim Lenhart.
Family and friends may visit from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6, 2021 at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel, 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield. Additional visitation will also be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with funeral services to follow at 12:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at Brookfield Township Cemetery.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made in his memory to the Howland Fire Department or Howland Police Department, 169 Niles-Cortland Road NE, Warren, OH 44484.
Family and friends may send their heartfelt condolences by visiting www.lanefuneralhomes.com.
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