Shirley A. Berna

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September 30, 1931 ~ December 28, 2023

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Rochester, New York

Shirley Berna

Rochester: September 30, 1931 – December 28, 2023.
Predeceased by her parents, Raymond, Sr. and Irene Berna, sister, Ruth Berna-Hendricks, and brother, Raymond Berna, Jr.
Survived by her nephews Paul Hendricks, Gary (Joanne) Hendricks, and many loving great nieces, nephews, and friends.
Shirley will be remembered for her strong faith, love of family, and for being a bright light in this world. Following her retirement from Rochester Products in 1979, Shirley dedicated her time to volunteering for local organizations that helped the elderly and she supported numerous outreach and children’s charities over the years. In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, and aunt, Shirley had a large circle of friends who celebrated life together over rounds of golf, bowling, euchre, and traveling. Shirley was a long-standing member of St. John’s Church in Greece. After 92 years of a life well-lived, Shirley was called home. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Her Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, 10:00 am at Vay-Scheich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Open Door Mission, 156 Plymouth Ave. N. Rochester, NY 14608 or Golisano Children’s Hospital, 150 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY 14642.


Service: January 3, 2024 10:00 am

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

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  1. Aunt Shirley was just a wonderful soul! Always entered the room with a smile so bright it lit the room! We will all miss her dearly! 😘

  2. We are blessed to have so many fond memories of Aunt Shirley. Her sweet heart, smile and laugh will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the entire family. With Love, Brian, Teresa, Megan and Kaitlyn

  3. Everyone should be lucky enough to have an Aunt Shirley. She was kind, caring, generous and the most genuine person I knew. I’ll fondly remember the good times, sitting around a bonfire telling stories and her making us laugh, even when she wasn’t trying to. I hope there’s good coffee in heaven Aunt Shirley. You were a hoot.

  4. “There are some who bring
    a light so great to the world
    that even after they
    have gone the light
    remains. Thank you for loving my Mother and “the baby” your Sammie as your own. I will miss the stories my Mom would share about you and how funny you were, we all loved getting to know you these past few years. You will be missed. I bet Sammie is in your lovingly arms today and giving you so many kisses ✝️🙏🏻 May you rest easy 🌹
    Kim Marianetti-Smith
    (Johanna’s Daughter)

  5. I will miss you Shirley. We had so many, many good times. I’ll always remember how you found that “green bunny” for Stephen. How on vacations we helped you with Leon. You were always so very, very giving of yourself. I will miss our phone calls greatly.

    I know you are at peace now. I just wish I could reach up that high to give you a hug.

  6. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Cousin Shirley. She was such a sweet lady. She always made sure that I had the best Easter’s when we would go and visit her. I’ll never forget about how one year all I wanted was a green Easter bunny. She went all over town trying to find a green Easter bunny to put in my basket. Of course now you can find them everywhere lol. She will be missed.

  7. Many Wonderful Memories with Shirley over the years when I was Married to her niece. She was always laughing and full of Fun.

  8. The world was a better place with you in it. You were the epitome of character, generosity, and heart. So few knew just how much you did for others which is humility at its best.
    You certainly left an impression on all those who cared for you the past year. From the hospital to rehab to assisted living, everyone would say how much they loved you, wish they could clone you… even when you were feisty…😉
    It’s the simple, humble, and genuinely kind beings that leave us all better because they loved us. And how we loved you, Aunt Shirley!❤️

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