Edward St. Bernard

Obituary of Edward St. Bernard

Edward Thomas St. Bernard was born in Monroe, Michigan on January 26, 1943.   He was one of three children born from the union of the late Raymond J. St. Bernard and the late Mildred M. (Betzner) St. Bernard.   He attended Monroe High School graduating with the Class of 1961.   Ed then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country honorably until his discharge in 1965.

He married the former Joyce Held at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church on January 28, 1972.   From this union came the birth of two daughters:  Kari and Erin.

Edward was a hard worker and provided for the needs of his family with employment at Reckitt-Benckiser in Rockwood.  He would serve in Supervision as a Group Leader for many years.   Ed retired in 2003 after thirty years of dedicated service.

More than anything, Ed cherished his family.   A man of strong faith.   He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years.  

He loved the sunshine and the outdoors.   Ed often spent time gardening, bird-watching, and going for drives by the water.   When the girls were younger they often visited the playground and local parks.   The family also enjoyed biking and camping excursions.

Ed had several favorite pastimes including making homemade wine, collecting bottle openers, and woodworking.  

Edward Thomas St. Bernard, age 74 of Monroe passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at University Hospitals in Ann Arbor.   In addition to his father in 1976 and his mother in 1997 his passing was preceded by a brother:  John St. Bernard in 2003.

To cherish his memory he leaves a beloved wife of forty-five years:  Joyce of Monroe; two daughters:  Erin (David) Wagner of Sterling Heights and Kari (Chris) Tapley of Carleton; brother: Jim (Linda) St. Bernard of Monroe; sister: Mary Pearsall of Monroe and three grandchildren:  Emilia, Molly, and Sarah.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185.   He will lie in state from 10:00am until funeral services at 11:00am on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 323 Scott Street.  The Reverend Jeffrey Heimsoth, pastor of the church will officiate.   Procession will follow to Holy Ghost cemetery for burial.  

Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran School Scholarship Fund, Adopt-a-Student Fund or the Community of Needs Meal.   Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.