Bernadine P. Whitaker

5 February, 193027 August, 2021

Bernadine P. Whitaker, 91, of Brewster, Massachusetts died peacefully on August 27 at Cape Cod Hospital.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930, daughter of Gunhild Forster and Edward Beerheide of Chicago, she graduated from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. After working at Time Magazine, the New Britain Herald and other publications, later in life she did publicity for organizations such as the VNA of Cape Cod and the Lower Cape Outreach Council. She loved to write poetry and was a voracious reader.

She was the wife of the late W. Orin Whitaker and mother of the late Leslie Whitaker; the sister of Robert and Barbara Beerheide of Glenview, Illinois, Peter and Carla Forster of Chicago and Jeannie Stephens of Bothell, Washington. She leaves behind daughter Sarah Whitaker and her partner Sam Nejame of Cambridge, Massachusetts; granddaughter Alex Fendrich of New York, New York; grandson Ben Fendrich, his wife Deb Fendrich and great granddaughter Logan Fendrich of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Michael Fendrich of Simsbury, Connecticut and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in her honor on Saturday, September 25 at 2 PM at the Federated Church of Orleans at 162 Main Street in East Orleans, Massachusetts. Burial will be private.

Memorial Donations may be made to the following organizations that were important to her: Leslie Whitaker Memorial Fund at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, NAACP, Brewster Ladies Library, Nauset Neighbors, the Brewster Ponds Coalition.


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Patty Markham

15 September 2021

I met Bernie as a Nauset Neighbor volunteer in 2018. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Bernie joined me on most of our food shopping trips to Friends Market in Orleans. When Covid hit I was happy to be able to do her shopping for her. Nauset Neighbors had to stop all volunteering out of an abundance of caution. We had many wonderful conversations that I will always cherish. I will always remember that beautiful smile and twinkle in her eyes. She will be dearly missed. My most heartfelt condolences to Bernie's family.
Patty Markham

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