Dr. Joseph T. and Valerie Diane Bernardo

Dr. Joseph T. and Valerie Diane Bernardo

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Dr. Joseph T. Bernardo, often called “J.” by many of his colleagues, and his wife Valerie Diane Bernardo perished in an airplane accident on May 1, 2019.

Joe was born on March 5, 1964, in Lodi, New Jersey, the son of Joseph and Ruth (Niosi) Bernardo, who are both surviving at their home in Andover, New Jersey. Joe earned his Ph.D. from Penn State in IST. He was employed at Penn State for 9 years, where he was a Senior Research Engineer at the Applied Research Lab. Joe loved flying and was a member of the Psyfliers Club.

Valerie was born on January 7, 1965, in Butler, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late John King and Peggy (Yori) King, who survives at her home in Chicora. Valerie also attended Penn State, where she earned her Master’s degree in nutrition and was a Registered Dietitian for 28 years. She loved to spend time outdoors, gardening. Above all, Valerie proudly devoted her life to taking care of her family and home.

On May 18, 1986, in Rimersburg, Joe and Valerie were united in marriage. The two shared 32 blissful years of marriage together, while lovingly raising their two children.

In addition to Joe’s parents and Valerie’s mother, the couple is survived by their two children, Bethany and Justin Bernardo, both of State College. Also surviving are Joe’s sister Karen Bernardo of New Jersey, Valerie’s sister Sheryl Schmader, niece Madison, nephew Nicholas, all of California, and brother Alan King and spouse Mathew Alexander of New Mexico.

Joe and Valerie were devoted members of Park Forest Baptist Church in State College.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 5-8 pm at Park Forest Baptist Church at 3030 Carnegie Drive, State College. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 10 am at the church, with Rev. Jeremy Field officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Boalsburg Cemetery, where Joe and Valerie will be laid to rest, side by side, just as they lived.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe and Valerie’s memory to
The Door Student Services, Pioneers Japan: Hiroshima Team, or Pregnancy Resource Clinic.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Park Forest Baptist Church
    Address
    3030 Carnegie Drive
    STATE COLLEGE, PA 16803
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Park Forest Baptist Church
    Address
    3030 Carnegie Drive
    STATE COLLEGE, PA 16803
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Jeremy Field
  • Interment

    Location
    Boalsburg Cemetery
    Address
    BOALSBURG, PA

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Laurel West

Posted at 07:27am
We remember Joe and Valerie so well as caring and compassionate people. Joe was in my husband, Harry's Bible study group, and Valerie was in mine, back when they both were doing their undergraduate work at Penn State and attending the Alliance Christian Fellowship. We stayed in touch now and then after they graduated. Our hearts go out to their family members, and we pray God's comfort for all of them.

Laurel West
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Bob Betz

Posted at 09:08pm
Dear Bernardo Family: My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss. I was fortunate enough to work with J at two companies, and I learned a lot from him. I always enjoyed working with him and he will be greatly missed. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you.
With Deepest Sympathies,
Bob Betz and family
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Bob Betz and family

Posted at 07:58pm
We are deeply sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Kathy Barnes

Posted at 07:44pm
Our deepest condolences to you, Bethany and Justin, at this sad time. Valerie and I met at church when Val and Joe moved to New Jersey. We navigated the challenges of having young families and quickly became dear friends. Val loved God and her family and was an inspiration to me. We shared our hearts and tears over many a cup of coffee in my kitchen while the kids played in the yard. I will always cherish those memories. As you navigate through adjusting to life without them, I pray that you will be able to lean on your family and God to help you through, like Mom would want for you. You and your family will be in our prayers.
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Susan Walsh

Posted at 05:42pm
Dear Karen and Family: Deepest condolences on the loss of Joseph and Valerie. I wish I could be there to support you in person. My heart and prayers are with you and will be during this sad time.
With love and sympathy,
Susan Walsh
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