Raymond C. Bernas, age 87, of Stevens Point died Monday March 7, 2011 at St. Michaels Hospital after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He was born Sept. 29, 1923 in Indiana. The son of the late Casimir & Mary (Opachon) Bernas. Raymond served in WWII with the US Army 534th Engineer Boat & Shore Regiment; he received the New Guinea, Luzon Meritorious Unit Awards, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Theatre Ribbon and the American Theatre Ribbon. His marriage to Leone A. Glodowski took place on June 22, 1946 at St. Peter Catholic Church. The couple had proudly been married for 64 years. Raymond owned and operated Ray Bernas Plumbing for many years. Ray was an Avid golfer and enjoyed the WSAW channel 7 TV Golf Invitational. He was the 1968 Wisconsin River Golf Club Champion, and in 1982 the Wisconsin River Golf Club Senior Champion. In 1990 He shot a hole in one. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, Mall walking, bowling, traveling, spending time with family and doing things for them, care giving, watching various sports on TV, softball & Baseball. He was sent to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a tryout as a Catcher for the Chicago, White Sox. He was the "All Wisconsin Valley League Catcher" in 1947. During two years of his military service in the Pacific where he earned several battle stars, he had a chance to play baseball in Australia, New Guinea, Philippines and Japan. His greatest baseball thrill was playing in the State American Legion Tournament in 1941. One of the last things Raymond wanted to do and was accomplished by his family was seeing the WWII Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church; He was a life member of the VFW Greater Plover post 10262, and a life member of the American Legion post 6.
Survivors include his wife Leone, Two daughters; Bonnie (Terry) Alfuth of Frisco, TX and Bette (Dr. James) Zaletel of Alexandria, VA. Two Grandsons; Eric (Dr. Kathleen) Alfuth of Houston, TX and Todd (Amy) Alfuth of West Palm Beach, FL. Two Brothers; Edward (Genevieve) Bernas and Casimir (Margie) Bernas both of Stevens Point. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, one Brother Eugene & Two Sisters; Stella Firkus and Theresa Bernas.
Funeral Mass 11:00 AM Saturday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Rev. George Thayikuzhithottu officiating. Burial with military honors in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Visitation from 10:30 AM until the time of services Saturday morning at the Church. Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. For on line condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com
The family of Raymond would like to thank the Staff at the Portage County Health Care Center for their countless hours of excellent care, compassion and kindness they showed to Raymond.