OBITUARY

Joe "Chacho" Bernal Jr.

January 2, 1943January 9, 2021
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“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” —Benjamin Disraeli

Joe Angel “Chacho or Chachito” Bernal went to be with our Lord & Savior on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 78, leaving behind a legacy of unforgettable memories & unquestionable integrity. Joe was born on January 2nd, 1943 to Appolonia Ybarra in Bryan, Texas.

As a young boy and the oldest of 12, Joe sacrificed his childhood and education to raise and provide for his brothers and sisters. He traveled different states picking fields of cotton, pickles, strawberries and cucumbers, as well as working the Mess Hall at Texas A&M. In 1967, he married the love of his life Esther Moncivais. Together, they started a family and moved to Michigan, where Joe worked for General Motors.

Eventually settling back in Bryan, Joe strived to get the education that he was unable to have in his adolescence, driving to Madisonville every day after work to attend class. In 2000 at the age of 57, he earned his GED and was honored by having his essay chosen to be read at the graduation ceremony. With his work ethic, pride in appearance and being a true man of his word, Joe was well respected among family, friends and coworkers, and was able to retire from TEEX in 2008.

Although Joe held high standards for himself, he had no problem letting loose with a witty joke or remark, if it meant putting a smile on someone’s face. As a lifelong fan of the Texas A&M Aggies and the Dallas Cowboys, Joe enjoyed spending his time off watching their games. In their worst seasons he would often say, “I’m not watching them anymore,” but you could still catch him every Saturday and Sunday, in his fan gear ready to cheer them on again.

After all of his accomplishments, Joe truly believed that his greatest achievement in his life was the family he built.

Joe is preceded in death by his mother Appolonia Ybarra Macias, brother Lupe Ybarra, sister Stella Lopez, three brothers-in-law Louis, John, and Nick Moncivais, one sister-in-law Magdalena Carter, and his cherished baby boy James Vincent Bernal.

He is survived by his wife Esther, of 54 years; they would have celebrated their 55th anniversary on January 22nd of this year; his three children Michael Bernal, Andrea Bernal, Joseph Bernal and wife Monica. Grandchildren Justine Bernal, Michaela Bernal, James Reyes, Lauren Bernal, Lourdes Reyes, Jeremy Reyes, Leah Bernal, Devin Bernal, and Jeremiah Bernal. Also, his great grandchildren Alyzae, Aydan, Logan, and Scarlette Joe. Along with one brother Richard Macias, and eight sisters Adella Castilleja, Mary Gonzales, Lucy Moncivais, Marcie Montalbano, Laura Schultz, Paula Macias, Herminia Sarate, Becky Ocon, and one sister-in-law Bessie Moncivais.

Per the family’s request, please no hugging. Although handshakes are welcomed, please refrain from hugs or handshakes to Esther. Masks are required and the family also asks you practice social distancing.

“If you stay ready, you never have to get ready.” – Joe A. Bernal Jr.

  • FAMILY

  • Esther Bernal, Wife
  • Michael Bernal, Son
  • Andrea Bernal, Daughter
  • Joseph Bernal and wife Monica, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Richard Macias, Brother
  • Adella Castilleja, Sister
  • Mary Gonzales, Sister
  • Lucy Moncivais, Sister
  • Marcie Montalbano, Sister
  • Laura Schultz, Sister
  • Paula Macias, Sister
  • Herminia Sarate, Sister
  • Becky Ocon, Sister
  • Bessie Moncivais, Sister
  • Grandchildren Justine Bernal, Michaela Bernal, James Reyes, Lauren Bernal, Lourdes Reyes, Jeremy Reyes, Leah Bernal, Devin Bernal, and Jeremiah Bernal. Also, his great grandchildren Alyzae, Aydan, Logan, and Scarlette Joe.

Services

  • VISITATION

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • ROSARY SERVICE

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

    Friday, January 15, 2021

Memories

Joe "Chacho" Bernal Jr.

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Michael Medina

January 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the family. I wanted to pay my respects in person but was unable to make it to Bryan. I can see Joe up in heaven with my dad looking down on us. Joe and Esther have always been close friends with my parents and I have nothing but fond memories of Joe. May he Rest In Peace.

Mike Medina

Rosie Delacruz, Rojo

January 14, 2021

Esther, so sory for your loss cousin may Joe Rest In Peace and May the good Lord give you and your family strength and peace during this difficult time. Prayers goin out for you and all your family .

Mary Mendez

January 12, 2021

My prayers are with you Esther & your family & know Joe is resting in peace with our loving savior Jesus Christ.🙏

Linda Ford

January 12, 2021

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Bernal and her family. I met Mr. Bernal by the way of his daughter Andrea. He was always a happy and inviting to anyone that came to his home. I know he will be missed by his family, being that family was everything to the Bernal's. Rest in Peace Mr. Bernal. Family remember that smile on his face when you all would make him laugh. I will bring a smile to your face and a tear.

God Bless you all.
Linda & Charles Ford

Felicia Sustaita

January 12, 2021

Sending our love and prayers to you all. May God surround you all with his love and light during this time.

Tommy Munoz

January 11, 2021

As a member of a local Tejano Band (Bobby and the Hurricanes) Joe would travel with us throughout the State of Texas. He was a true friend and always looked out for us. Many fond memories with Joe. May you Rest In Peace.

Tommy Munoz

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