Jasmine K. Bernarda
17 February, 1912 – 19 January, 2020
Jasmine Bernarda died at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC on Sunday, January 19, 2020. She would have completed her 108th year on February 17, 2020. She leaves behind a son, Rex Carter Klopfenstein and wife, Linda, Fairfax, VA; her daughter, Cathy Sandra Klopfenstein, Durham, NC; and her daughter-in-law MaryAnn Diesburg of Mooresville, NC. Also surviving Mrs. Bernarda are grandchildren and great grandchildren: Mark Klopfenstein (wife Cristi, children Liam and Ariel) VA; Eric Klopfenstein (wife Amy, daughter Ava) VA; Debra Klopfenstein, PA; Deanna Segil (husband Bob) IL; Ken Utter (wife Karen, children Ben, Seth, Ryan, Kenny and Caroline) CT; Glenn Utter, NY; Ross Utter (wife Cindy, son Jordan) CT.
Mrs. Bernarda was born in Loris, SC; lived in Southington, CT 45 years where she and Glenn raised their children; spent 20 years in Ft. Myers, FL with her second husband, Al Bernarda; and for 13 years lived with her daughter in Durham, NC before moving to assisted living at age 101. She is predeceased by her husband, Glenn Abraham Klopfenstein; her son, Alan Glenn Klopfenstein; her second husband, Alfred Bernarda; seven sisters: Effie Hardee, Doreatha Bell, Maggie King, Minnie Shelley, Vera Norris, Lucille Graham, and Mabel Gilbert; and four brothers: Jeremiah, Joseph, Lewis, and Vertis
The family is grateful for all the love her extended family showed her during her long life. Her memorial will be in the hearts and prayers of all of us who knew and loved her. Mrs. Bernarda will be interred next to her husband of 35 years, Glenn Klopfenstein, in Connecticut. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or The Salvation Army.
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Jasmine K. Bernarda
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4 February 2020
My gram ...
She helped me learn who I am.
She guided me by being herself, and accepting me for who I am.
She taught me the value of a good party. With good food. And love.
She showed me the value of good relationships and hard work. And love.
She understood when all I wanted to do was climb a tree and hang out up high.
She embraced nature, flowers, gardens and her family and friends. And love.
She knew how to build a brick patio; a stone wall; a table from a tree stump.
She made the best fried chicken. And biscuits. And strawberry shortcake. And tomato soup. And …..
She loved. She worried. She could just sit and be present. She snapped peas. Grew corn & flowers...
She didn’t care that I only ate hot dogs as a kid.
She had an attic full of books and didn’t mind me hanging out in the rafters.
She was creative. Loving.
I miss my Gram.
But I fully understand how lucky I have been to have had such a wonderful woman and influence in my live for 51 years. I am grateful and sad, and forever thankful for being part of her life.
24 January 2020
I was shocked to hear about Grandma's death after a "brief" stay in Hospice. I would have liked to know that Grandma went into Hospice at the time that she did so that I could have visited.
I am disappointed that there will be no funeral service and am looking forward to seeing an obituary.
I am surprised and shocked by this news.
After regrouping, I will add a memory from the times I stayed with Grandma and Grandpa's and played in their beautiful yard.
24 January 2020
Jasmine was officially my mother-in-law from October, 1964 to March, 2012, when her son and my husband, Alan, died. But she continued to regard me as her daughter-in-law, and gave my new husband the son-in-law title after we married. I always called her “Mom”.
Jasmine has been in my life since 1962. That’s almost 58 years! She was always a kind and considerate mother-in-law. She loved having our daughters (and kitten) vacation with her for a couple of weeks during summer breaks.
Jasmine was a hard worker and set and achieved goals that were important to her. She had traveled to Indiana solo in January, 1973, to visit her husband’s family when she learned that her first husband, Glenn, had died.
She then put a plan in place to support herself and she made it happen. She did this as a seamstress, primarily doing alterations. She had an enormous following because of her talent, perfection, attention to detail and her magnetic personality.
A very charming southern lady, Jasmine had many suitors after she was widowed at the age of 61. To our delight she married Al Bernarda in 1976. Now, she finally retired. We all came to love Al as a father and grandfather. They were a sweet couple and enjoyed traveling, square dancing, and many other activities together for nearly 25 years. They moved to Florida in the 1980s where we had many happy Thanksgiving reunions at the Bernarda home in Fort Myers.
I was especially touched when, one day in June of 2015, I received a phone call from Jasmine. She wanted to give me her blessing to marry again. What a powerful phone call!! I was touched beyond words.
Jasmine lived nearly 108 years. She left serious impressions on the hearts and memories of those of us who loved her.