Barbara J. (McKee) Bernard

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 July 2020 at 9:53 pm

Barbara BernardBarbara J. Bernard, 80, of Middleport, passed away July 23, 2020 while under the loving care of her family and Niagara Hospice. Barbara was born May 9, 1940 in Middleport, a daughter of the late Earl and Lena (Koester) McKee.

Barbara was a secretary and graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish – St. Stephen’s Church. Barbara retired Oct. 1, 1998 from GM after 30 years of service. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting, and playing cards. Barbara loved spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence “Frank” Bernard Jr.; and her siblings, Warren, Darwin, Jerry and Charles McKee, and Shirley Brinley.

She is survived by her children, Daniel (Linda) Bernard and Shari (Donald Jr.) Heschke; grandchildren, Jeremy (Sara) Bernard, Emily (Eric) Lunde, Tristan, Ian and Casidhe; great-grandchildren, Lucy, Reagan, Hattie and Whit Lunde, Henry, Quinn and Maren Bernard; sisters, Virginia Thaxter and Audrey Warner; sisters-in-law, Marilyn, Barbara and Barbara McKee; brother-in-law, Richard Brinley; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Mon., July 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Please note that all guests entering the funeral home or church must wear a face mask. Barbara’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Parish – St. Stephen’s Church, 19 Vernon St., Middleport, on Tue., July 28 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094; or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo NY 14240; or to the church.

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