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Francis Berns

Francis Berns

Thursday, October 3rd, 1929 Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Francis Berns

Francis Gerard "Frank" Berns, 91, of Spring Valley, Ohio passed away on October 14, 2020. He was born in Clayton County, near Garber, Iowa on October 3, 1929, the son of Laurence and Helen (Dillon) Berns.

Francis served his country with honor in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War.

He was married to Phyllis (Roth) in Cuba City, Wisconsin. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Francis worked for National Cash Register (NCR) for 40 years. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville, Ohio and a member of the parish Mens Club. He was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 14504 and a charter member of Knights of Columbus Assembly 3056.

Like his namesake St. Francis of Assisi, he lived his life devoted to Christianity, loved nature, spoke softly and lived a humble and charitable life.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis, daughter Diane (James) Babcock of Nipomo, CA, sons Loras Berns of Wilmington, OH and Steven Berns of Kettering, OH; two brothers Daniel (Helen) Berns of Keyesville, WI and David Berns of Milton, WI; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Francis was preceded in death by his sister Norma Fischer and his brother Larry Berns of Elkader, IA.

Friends and family are welcome to a viewing at St. Francis of Assisi from 5 to 6:30 PM on October 23. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 AM on October 24 at St. Francis of Assisi.

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During this difficult time, if you are feeling ill or unhealthy in any way, you are encouraged to pay your respects in alternative methods, such as sending a sympathy card or sharing a memory through Francis' online book of memories, here at www.ConnerAndKoch.com. In addition, the services will be streamed live via the internet. If you wish to view the services on the live stream, please reach out to the church to be added to the list. Be sure to bring your mask to wear while you are inside the church.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
    6245 Wilmington Pike,
    Centerville, OH
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    Friday, October 23rd, 2020
    5:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 9:30am
    St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
    6245 Wilmington Pike
    Dayton, Ohio
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    Saturday, October 24th, 2020
    9:30am
    Officiant
    Father Brian Phelps
  • Interment

    Miami Valley Memory Gardens
    1639 E. Lytle-Five Points Rd.
    Centerville, OH
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Carol Smith

I have heard it said that "God saves the best for last" and Frank certainly the best.
Carol Smith
Comment | Posted at 06:46pm via Condolence
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Paustian family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With all our love, Steve, La Vonne, Wade, Shane, Emily and Charlie Paustian family
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Karen Cwiekalo

Phyllis and Steve, I'm so sorry for your loss. I fondly remember Frank selling Entertainment Books at the Knights events. He was always so kind to Jasson and I, and our kids. May he Rest in Peace in the arms of Jesus.
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Colleen McCarthy

Dear Berns family, I am so sorry for you loss. I hold you all in prayer. Frank is now an angel in heaven and I believe you will see little signs of him as I do of my mom. Your memories will be with you forever. God Bless Colleen Mccarthy
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