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Wilma Edell Husband Burley

   20 May, 1935  - 28 August, 2011

God Bless Her Memory

 

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Doris Bernhoft MacDonald

   21 May, 1927  - 19 July, 2011

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Anna Haldora Bernhoft

         "Amma"

April 19, 1913 - January 4, 2011

Anna Haldora Bernhoft, 97, of Tacoma, WA, died on January 04, 2011, at Manor Care of Gig Harbor while in hospice care.

Anna Haldora Olason was born April 19, 1913, in Lillesve, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of John M. and Ellen (Thorlaksson) Olason. Anna, was one of eight children. She grew up on the family farm near Hnausa, Manitoba, Canada in the Icelandic Community on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. The family moved to Akra, North Dakota, to the 80 acre farm inherited from his father as part of the original Olason homestead.

Mom worked for the Kenmare Hotel as one of their cooks for many years and became the cook most customers would ask for when ordering their meals. She also worked as a cook for the construction road crew and never served a meal the line crews didn’t enjoy or rave about.

While living in Akra, North Dakota, Mom met and fell in love with the “love of her life”, Johann Edward Bernhoft. After a lengthy romance, they were married on February 21, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan.

Anna and Joe had five children between 1942 and 1952 and moved from North Dakota to Washington, back to North Dakota and finally settled settled in Tacoma, Washington, where Mom lived from 1956 until April, 2010. Mom was an independent individual and lived by herself in the family home until 2009, when her youngest daughter Elaine, move back home to care for her.

Mom’s greatest joy in life was her family and being sure everyone was well taken care of. Mom was famous for her cooking, especially for her cookies and cinnamon rolls. She could have been “ The Famous Amma” of cookies, had she started the bakery everyone wanted her to start, but family always came first with Mother.
The first thing everyone would do when coming home to see Mom was to say hello, give her a big hug and then head for the cookie jar. It was always full of her latest batch of cookies. Growing up it was always a special treat when we knew the cinnamon rolls were in the oven and nearly ready to eat. They didn’t last very long either with five children. If you weren’t there when they came out for everyone to have, Mom would make sure some were always set aside for you.

Mom always insisted on her children saying “good-bye” and giving her a big hug before leaving the house. It continues to this day that everyone gets a hug and a “good-bye” when the family gets together. You had to plan ahead if you were leaving early from a family gathering, because it took a long time before you could leave, because everyone had to get the hug and good-bye.

After Dad passed away in 1961, Mom opened an in-home daycare, which she had for many years. She would have as many as six babies or young children running around the house as we grew up. There was never a dull moment helping mom with the children she cared for because not all of the children were “little angels”.

Mother was 100% Icelandic and she was very proud of her Icelandic Heritage, which has been traced back to names in the list of 400 original settlers of Iceland in the late 890 ’s. Several of the Olason Genealogy books contain information as far back as 31 generations into Norway. Whenever Mom would forget a family members connection she would tell me to “Look in the Book”. Mother’s love for her heritage was passed on to me and all my brothers and sisters. It continues with the grandkids and I am sure it will be passed to the great grandchildren as they grow older.

Mom was always called “Amma” by the grandchildren and everyone who knew her for any length of time. Amma is the Icelandic word for grandmother. The word Amma really does fit mother to a tee because she was the grandest mother of any grandmother, just ask any of her grandchildren.

Mother was a member of Central Lutheran Church for over 50 years and near the end of her life, was the “oldest mother and oldest member of the church”.

She was greatly loved by all of her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Mother was a glowing example of a Mother’s love for her children. God’s love for our Mother was returned by Mother to everyone she ever met. If you ever had a chance to meet Mom, you know the love that I am talking about. She made you feel so welcome by her friendliness, her warm smile and her offer of hospitality. I think her most familiar saying was “ Can I get you anything?”, followed by “Would you like a cup of coffee? ”

Mom was preceded in death by her husband Joe, her three brothers and four sisters and her grand-daughter Jennifer Bernhoft. She is survived by three sons; Thomas E. ( Dee), Leonard S., and Jeffrey J. (Paula); two daughters, JoAnn P. (John Beckman) of Aurora, CO, and Elaine S. thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grand children.

Mom you will be missed deeply by everyone who loved and cherished being near you. We rejoice this day knowing you have been welcomed by Jesus and your loved ones to your Heavenly celebration.

Bless, Bless until we are reunited with you again when the Lord calls us home for our celebration.

Your loving and devoted son, Leonard.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HALLBERA GUDNADOTTIR

1915 - 2010


Hallbera Gudnadóttir was born on the farm Midbyli in Skeidahreppi in Arnessysla on the 14th of December 1915.
She died in the hospital, Landakoti 27th of October 2010.
Her parents where Gudni Eiriksson, farmer in Votumyri, born 24th of December 1888, died 30th of October 1977 and her mother Gudbjorg Kolbeinsdottir, housewife and teacher, born 26th of October 1889, died on the 27th of July 1966.
Gudni her husband was born in Votumyri farm, son of couple Eirikur Magnusson farmer and Hallbera Vilhelmsdottir Bernhoft housewife.
Gudbjorg Kolbeinsdottir was born on the farm Stora-Mastunga, Gnupverjahreppur, daughter of Kolbeinn Eiriksson, farmer and Johanna Bergsteinsdottir housewife.
Hallbera moved with her parents to Votumyri farm when she was three years old when her parents took over the farm from here grandparents Eirikur and Hallbera.
Hallbera’s brothers where; Kolbeinn, born 19th of Mai 1914, died 1st of June 2001; Eirikur, Hallbera’s twinbrother, born 14th of December 1915, died 15th of June 2002 and Tryggvi Karl, born 3rd of September 1918, died 19th of August 1947.
Hallbera or Halla as she was always called married 11th of October 1941, Bjorgvin Steindorsson, born 4th of December 1918 in Reykjavik, died 17th of February 1981 in Reykjavik but he was the son of Steindor Arni Olafsson carpenter, born on the 19th of July 1874 in farm Tjaldabrekka, Hraunhreppur, Myr., died 23rd of December 1952 and his wife Gudrun Sigurdardottir, born 24th of Mars 1885 in farm Akrar, Hrunhreppi, Myr., died 14th of November 1954.
Hallbera and Bjorgvin lived their first marriage years in Odinsgata 8, Reykjavik but moved soon to Reykjavikurvegur 25, Skerjafjordur, Reykjavik. 1974 they moved to Miklabraut 42, Reykjavik and lived there ever since.
Halla worked on her parents farm common farm work until she was 15 years old but then she went to Reykjavik and stayed with her father’s sister Agusta but she had a sewing room and a embroidery shop, but there Halla learned sewing with her aunt and went to sewing courses in Reykjavik.
Little over 20, Halla moved totally to Reykjavik . Until 1973 Halla worked at sewing, mainly sewing dresses and worked at it in her and Bjorgvin home.
1973 Halla started to work in the licorice factory Drift which later on merged into the candy factory Goa where Halla worked until she stopped working last September because of illness.
The Hallgerdur funeral will take place in Fossvogskirkja today, 5th of November 2010 and the ceremony starts at 15:00. The burial will be in Fossvogs seminary.

 

 

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Ragnar Vilhelm Bernhöft
1932 -  2010

 

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Melvin G. Askew
June 17, 1930 - July 4, 2010

 

 

Melvin Askew, 80, of Cavalier, ND died on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at his home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation on Tuesday, July 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Jensen-Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Burial in the Cavalier Cemetery. Melvin G. Askew was born June 17, 1930, on the family farm near Backoo, ND to Leslie and Edna (Horsley) Askew. He attended the East Leroy School and graduated from Cavalier High School where he was active in football and track. After attending N.D.S.U. for one year he served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the service he returned to Cavalier. On September 14, 1952, he married Bonnie Husband at Hensel, ND. He farmed in the Hensel area and worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation service until his retirement. Bonnie passed away on June 18, 1989. On November 22, 1991, he married Ileen Langerud at Cavalier. Mel was a member of the Cavalier Curling Club, Tongue River Masonic Lodge, and was active in the Cavalier Presbyterian Church. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and sitting in his scene porch during the summer months. He is survived by his wife, Ileen; children, Linda (Ron) Wagner, Champaigne, IL, Lana (Vern “J.R.”) Lee, Cambridge, WI, Curtis Askew, Hensel, ND, Randy Askew, Moorhead, MN, and Ken Askew, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren, Lindsey Wagner; Ryan and Megan Lee; Haley and Cameron Askew; Ashley Askew Quamme and Jordan Askew; great grandson, Jackson Askew; siblings, Doreen Bahr, Chandler, AZ, Ivadel Rogers, San Diego, CA, Russell (Maureen) Askew, Gordon (Norma) Askew all of Cavalier, Grace Robbie, Crystal, MN, and Adrian (Carole) Askew, Sioux Falls, SD; Ileens five children, 12 grandchilden, and six great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents. Clergy: Rev. Adrian Olson. Honorary Pallbearers: Russell Askew, Gordon Askew, and Adrian Askew. Casket Bearers: Jordan Askew, Jim Langerud, Scott Langerud, Vincent Langerud, Ryan Lee, and Chad Quamme. Music: Cleone Whelan, Organist; Doug Olson, Soloist.

 

 

 

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Bernice Elizabeth Ault Bernhoft
October 10, 1912 - December 30, 2007
 

Bernice E. “Bunny” Bernhoft, 95, of Cavalier, ND died on Sunday, December 30, 2007, at the Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND.

Bernice Elizabeth Ault was born October 10, 1912, in Lodema Township, Pembina County to Martin and Marie “Mary” (Millar) Ault. She lived her entire life in the Cavalier area, except for the years she lived at Parkwood Place in Grand Forks.

On July 19, 1940, she married Bennie Bernhoft in Hallock, MN. Bennie died on January 26, 1977.

Bunny was a lifetime member of the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years and acted as treasurer for the PWC for 25 years. She was Pembina County Clerk of Court for 40 years, retiring December 21, 1990.

“Grandma Bunny” was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who would do anything for her grandkids.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Restemayer, Grand Forks; grandchildren, Michael Restemayer, Hensel, ND; James (Jennifer) Restemayer, Bismarck, ND; Jerrod (Ingrid) Restemayer, Minneapolis, MN and Susanne (Marty) Dornheim, Grand Forks; great grandchildren, Ashley, Allison, and Gabriel; sister, Deanna (Joe) Carik, Cavalier and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Eliza Leedahl and Evelyn Hornung; and brothers, Austin “Bus”, Mervyn, and Ronald Ault.
 

Clergy: Rev. John Werth.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 3, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, Cavalier, ND.
 
Burial in the Cavalier Cemetery. 

 

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Otto Lawrence Bernhoft
November 11, 1915 - November 28, 2007

Matthew 25:21  "His lord said unto him,  Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Otto Lawrence Bernhoft was born in Hallson, North Dakota, on November 11, 1915, the 13th of 15 children of Icelandic immigrant farmers. He attended Hensel High School and Mayville State Teachers' College. After his first year of teaching at Harvey High School, Otto married Irene Viola Ralston on June 13, 1941. He then served as Superintendent of Schools at Thompson, North Dakota. After one year of teaching and coaching at Thompson, he was drafted into the US Army and became a non-commissioned officer (staff sergeant) instructor in artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Camp Polk, Louisiana; and other locations.

After WWII, Otto began a 40 year career in teaching and administration in the Fargo Public School System, completing his Master's Degree at North Dakota State University. He taught chemistry at Central High School in Fargo, functioned in the roles of Dean of Boys, Vice-Principal, and Principal at Central High School and South High Schools, and as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Personnel. He retired in 1980 as Principal at McKinley Elementary School.

His students will remember Otto's favorite aphorism: "There is only one way to coast, and that's downhill" as this statement reflected his belief in hard work. Forty years of students and teachers benefited from Otto's high standards, clarity in teaching and leadership, and excellence in administration, tempered by kindness.

Otto was instrumental in lobbying for and securing retirement benefits for the North Dakota retired teachers and often filled leadership roles in organizations such as The Gideons, the Circle K, the First Lutheran Intercessors, and the Icelandic Klub.

He was a Phi Delta Kappa Emeritus member and in 1984, received the Mayville State University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 1984, he was inducted into Who's Who in North Dakota.

In 1988, 1991, and 1992, he was awarded the AARP Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Community Service.

In 1989, Otto was the North Dakota State Retired Teachers Association President and in 1990, he received the organization's Golden Apple Award.

Otto and Irene Bernhoft had four children, Larry, a Northern Minnesota wildlife biologist who dies from cancer in 1982, leaving his wife Pat and two daughters, Kari and Krista; Dr. Franklin Bernhoft, a psychologist in Lodi, California, and his wife Dorothy, his son Brady, and two daughters Kimberly and Heather; Dr. Robin Bernhoft of Ojai, California, a surgeon and environmental physician, his wife, Alison, three sons, Iain, Andrew and Evan, and three daughters, Fiona, Deirdre, and Sheila; and Dr. Ruth Hansten of Port Ludlow, Washington, an RN and hospital consultant, with her husband Philip and two sons, Matthew and Kirk.

Otto died November 28, 2007 at Elim Care Center, Fargo, North Dakota. Otto was preceded in death by his wife, Irene in June of 2007, and his son, Larry. Otto's three remaining children, thirteen grandchildren and five great grand children celebrate Otto's life and legacy of honest and integrity.

Funeral service will be held at First Lutheran Church on December 11, 2007, in Fargo, North Dakota. Otto will be buried at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo, North Dakota.


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Örn Guido Bernhoft
April 23, 1923 - October 22, 2007

Örn Guido Bernhoft was born on April 23, 1930. Örn was the oldest child of Guido and Johanna Bernhoft. Örn was married on 20 January, 1961 to Svava Johanna Petursdóttir . Örn studied Electrical Engineering in Munich, West Germany. He worked for a long time for the City of Reykjavik drawing and planning electricity in Reykjavik and also the country.

In the years around 1982, he started to work at H. Olafsson and Bernhoft, his father and cousin´s Company. After his father died the Company was split between Olafur Haukur, a cousin and Örn. When Örn became ill, his son Sigurdur and Svava kept working the Company. The name of the firm is H.O.B. Vin. He passed away in his sleep on Monday October 22, 2007. Örn Bernhoft is survived by his wife Svava and their son Sigurdur Örn, and three grandchildren, Petur Mar, Sigridur Kristin, and Svava Ros.

The funeral for Örn Guido Bernhoft was held on November 1, 2007 at the Domkirkjan in Reykjavik. The church is next to the house his grandfather Wilhelm Georg Thedor Bernhoft had his Dental and Doctor Practice.

Örn's funeral service was very beautiful with great psalms and Arias from several operas. One of Iceland´s best Tenor and an all male choir sang.


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Irene Viola Ralston Bernhoft
August 20, 1917 - June 19, 2007

Irene Viola Ralston was born August 20, 1917 in Crystal, North Dakota, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Coker) Ralston, and granddaughter of pioneer homesteaders. She grew up on a farm in Pembina County.

Irene graduated from Hensel High School, obtained an AA Degree from Mayville State College and taught English in Brockert, ND, until she married Otto Bernhoft on June 13, 1941. during World War II, she and Otto lived on various military bases in the South, where Otto instructed field artillery gunners.

After the war, they moved to Fargo, ND, when Otto took a job teaching Chemistry at Fargo Central High School. He was later Principal of Central and South High Schools, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Principal of McKinley Elementary School.

Irene was a devoted wife and mother. She loved the flow of well-written prose and poetry, watching videos of her grandchildren in action (until her vision went) and was very active in First Lutheran Church.

She had a delightful sense of humor, was an avid painter of watercolors, did a hilarious impression of Eleanor Roosevelt, and was quick with a joke or a word of encouragement. Her response to nastiness invariably was to say "I'm sure he meant well."

She was greatly loved by many friends and family and her cooking efforts for the First Lutheran Ladies' Aid were greatly appreciated by two generations of parishioners.

Irene and Otto had four children, Larry, of Baudette, MN, a wildlife biologist who died of cancer in 1982, leaving his widow, Pat and two daughters, Kari and Krista; Dr. Frank  of Lodi, CA, a psychologist, his wife, Dorothy, son, Brady and two daughters, Kimberly and Heather; Dr. Robin of Ojai, CA, a surgeon and environmental physician, his wife, Allison, three sons, Iain, Andrew, and Evan, and three daughters, Fiona, Deirdre and Sheila; and Dr. Ruth Hansten of Port Ludlow, WA, author and business woman, with her husband Phil, and two sons, Matthew and Kirk.

In the last five years, with failing health, Otto and Irene lived first at Riverview, then Elim Nursing Home, where Otto still resides.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings; and her son Larry.

Irene is survived by her husband, Otto; her three remaining children; thirteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Irene is buried at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo, ND.

 

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John William MacDonald

October 1, 1927 - March 16, 2007

John William MacDonald was born on October 1, 1927 in Machiasport, Maine to Rev. and Mrs. George R. MacDonald. John graduated from the University of Oregon in 1951 and remained an avid Duck fan until his death.

John passed away on Friday morning, March 16, 2007 at the Daniel Freeman Emergency Hospital in Marina Del Rey due to pulminary failure.

John worked as a Welfare Administrator for Los Angeles County, retiring in 1986. John and his wife Doris loved to travel the world together.

John is survived by his wife Doris, and his daughters Cyd and Elizabeth and three grandsons, Mark, Adam, and Aaron.

 

In Memoriam

Aunt Josie



Johanna Lucinda Maria Bernhoft Walker
June 07, 1912 -- November 06, 2004

Johanna (Josie) Lucinda Maria Bernhoft Walker was born on June 07, 1912 in  Akra
North Dakota, Pembina County. She was the eleventh child of fifteen children born to Edward Larus Adolph Bernhoft and Sigurbjorg Sophia Olafsdottir Brynjolfsson.  She passed away on Saturday, November 06, 2004.

Josie grew up in the Akra area along with her 14 other siblings. She married the love of her life, Winfield (Winn) Walker on December 31, 1940.

Josie and Winn were blessed with 3 children, Johanna, Janet, and Jane. They lived in Walnut, California until their deaths. Winn preceded his wife in death on March 16, 1996.

Josie was laid to rest next to her husband at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Covina, California on Friday, November 12, 2004. 

In Memoriam
Aunt Mabel



Gudney Kristjana Mabel Bernhoft Magnusson
May 09, 1909 --- July 04, 2004

Gudney Kristjana Mabel Bernhoft Magnusson was born May 09, 1909 in Akra, North Dakota, Pembina County. She was the ninth child of fifteen children born to Edward Larus Adolph Bernhoft and Sigurbjorg Sophia Olafsdottir Brynjolfsson.  She passed away on Sunday, July 04, 2004. She was surrounded by her family at her bedside, when she opened her eyes, quietly acknowledged everyone with a look, and then peacefully entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior.  

Mabel grew up in the Akra area along with her 14 other siblings. She met and married Magnus William (Bill) Magnusson in Hallock, Minnesota on May 01, 1940.

Mabel had 4 children, William, George, Janice and Phyllis. George was given up for adoption at birth and would reunite with his mother before she passed away.  George's adopted named was Flamer. William died at birth. Janice preceded her mother in death on May 06, 1987.

Mabel and Bill farmed just East of Hensel, North Dakota. Their farm was across the highway from her sister Runa and her husband Wilfred's farm. They farmed there for many years and when it was time to retire in 1982, they moved to Cavalier, North Dakota. While in Cavalier, Mabel worked as a waitress, and worked at the Jack and Jill Market. She also worked at Sally's Shop.

Her husband Bill passed away on December 15, 1989. Mabel continued to live in the home in Cavalier until about 2003, when the house was sold. She lived at Wedgewood Manor until her death on July 04, 2004.

Aunt Mabel was loved dearly by her family and her nieces and nephews.



In Memoriam

Wilhelm Edward Bernhoft
 February 11, 1929 --- February 22, 2003




Bill w/ his faithful dog Shane

Bill during his tour of duty in Korea as a U.S. Marine Corp Sergeant
Proud member of the Chosin Few


Bill Bernhoft

WILHELM E. "BILL" BERNHOFT

A longtime resident of Santa Monica, California, Bill was born
February 11, 1929 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and passed away February 22, 2003 in Northridge, California, with his lifelong companion, Cynthia Cooper, by his side.

Bill grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. He spent most summers at his aunt and uncle's farm helping with the chores. Dad drove the tractor and his sister Colleen, fed the pigs.

Bill and his family moved to California when he was 8. They lived in Santa Monica and West LA. He attended University High School, SM City College, and UCLA, where he was a Business Administration Major. He enjoyed traveling to Mexico with his friends, Dave Moore and Roger Kenmore. Sometimes the girls came along. If they were not at the bullfights they would look for trouble elsewhere.

Bill was a United States Marine, serving in Korea as a proud member of the Chosin Few. He joined the Marine Corp after leaving UCLA, enlisting in the USMCR, in Santa Monica. He did his basic training at Camp Pendleton. He was called from inactive duty from the Reserve District on July 31, 1950. He became a Sergeant. He was based in Japan, then went to Korea. He fought along side his fellow marines to escape the Chinese entrapment at the Chosin Reservoir. The Marines were out numbered 5 to 1, but the causalities incurred by the Chinese were about 25 times the number of Marines killed. The bravery displayed by these men was immense. He received an Honorable Discharge on May 21, 1951 in Oceanside, earning the Korean Service Medal.

He married Joan Kenmore in 1956. They had been friends since high school. We can thank Roddy, Joan's brother, for playing matchmaker. Roddy and Bill were the best of friends growing up and continued to be extremely close.

Bill and Joan found a house in the Mid San Fernando Valley, and settled down to raise 6 kids, which ultimately rewarded us with 13 beautiful grandchildren.

Bill was a wonderful father to his kids growing up. He would put in a hard day's work at Best Way Distributing Co, where he was cherished by everyone who had the privilege to work with him. He drove everyone to work hard, but he did this in a way that made one enjoy the work place rather than loathe it. He always had a unique spin on everything. He had a way of making the most mundane or difficult task seem enjoyable.

In the evening when he returned from work, he was always there for his kids. They looked forward to the nights when he would come home from work with a handful of coloring books. Somehow they managed to pick the one we wanted and would stay busy for hours. Some nights would be spent either relaxing in front of the 13" black and white TV watching Bonanza, Get Smart, or McCloud. Others would be spent out practicing for the next Big League Little League baseball game. Bill instilled a fierce spirit of competition in everyone. There was nothing more worth looking forward to than Dad coming home to go throw the ball around. He managed Little League teams that his sons played on for around 10 years. He made every game count. He loved to watch his kids compete and enjoy playing baseball. He also enjoyed watching his children compete in AAU Swimming, High School Swimming and Water Polo as well as College Swimming.

Bill was a huge sports fan: he was particularly fond of Dodger Baseball. Vin Scully, the perennial Didger icon, made every game a lasting memory. A summer day did not go by without swimming in the backyard pool listening to Vinny at the mike. Lets not forget his UCLA Bruins! He never missed a Bruin Basketball game, and during the Wooden Years, winning 10 out of 12 NCAA championships, he was in his full glory.

Bill's marriage to Joan ended after 26 years: shortly thereafter Bill met his beloved companion Cynthia Cooper, spending the next 20 years with her at his side. Bill was a sun worshiper, a military history buff, and a true gentleman. A teacher of sorts, you never had a conversation with Bill that you didn't learn something. In his later years he enjoyed painting military miniatures, reading this many military history books, and listening to his beloved big band jazz collection. His collection of hand painted Miniature soldiers are beyond belief; the detail he was able to attain on such small scale is incredible.

Bill was always there for his loved ones, through thick and thin. He was so steady and level headed, it gave confidence to everyone he came in contact with.

Bill is survived by his five sons and one daughter; Michael O'Connor (and Sandy), Neil Bernhoft, Kurt Bernhoft (and Yvonne), Keith Bernhoft, Scott Bernhoft (and Teresa), Dana Bernhoft (and Gary Gross); the children's mother Joan Kenmore; 13 grandchildren, Micheal and Timothy O'Connor, Christian, Sean, Megan, Jackleen, Alexandria, Thomas, Paige, and Caitlyn Bernhoft, and Ian, Jennifer, and Jaime Gross. He is also survived by his sister Colleen "Keenie" Conn (and Bob), 2 nieces, 2 nephews, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, very dear friends and his best buddy, his faithful dog Shane.

Bill was much loved and will truly be missed by many.