OBITUARY

Jerry I. Bernal

January 25, 1960March 6, 2018
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Jerry I. Bernal, age 58, of Clovis, California passed away on Tuesday March 6, 2018. Jerry was born January 25, 1960 in Fresno.

Jerry was a corrections officer for The California Department of Corrections for 24 years.

A Recitation of The Holy Rosary will be held Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 475 North Broadway, Fresno, CA 93701.

A Celebration of Life will occur Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.tinklerfuneralchapel.com for the Bernal family.

  • FAMILY

  • Jeneen Bernal, Wife
  • Geneviéve Bernal, Daughter
  • Jeremy Bernal, Son
  • Leah Bernal, Daughter
  • Jason Bernal, Son

Services

  • Recitation of The Holy Rosary Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jerry I. Bernal

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Amy Badilla

March 23, 2018

Jerry was such a kind loving person. He always had a smile on his face. He had the best sense if humor. He called our daughters his nieces and always treated us like family. He was a good dad and always bragged about his children's accomplishments. He loved his wife so much. We will miss you big dog! We will never forget your laughter and friendship. Love Bob, Amy, Miranda and Arianna Badilla.

Sean OBrien

March 22, 2018

Jerry always had a smile on his face. I always enjoyed the conversations we had whether it was about work or just life in general. If you were having a tough day, Jerry always knew what to say to turn the day around. Rest in peace brother. May the angels rejoice and God embrace you at your arrival home. Prayers for the family and friends.

Witherspoon Smith

March 21, 2018

Remembering working the towers 1992. A good person.

Henry Sumaya

March 21, 2018

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Jerry Bernal. Jerry was a great partner and wonderful person to have around. I will always remember his smile that greeted you the moment he saw you. Jerry was always up beat and positive. His laugh and joking personality will always be remembered. Rest In Peace Jerry, gone but not forgotten.

Rick Burnias

March 21, 2018

My Most Sincere Condolences To All The family!!!
My Badge Brother, May You Always Rest In God’s Heavenly Kingdom!!!
We Had Lots Of Good Times And Lots Of Laughs!
Wear That Badge With Pride In Heaven!

Anna Miller

March 21, 2018

Jeneen and family...please accept my deepest condolences. I’ll forever remember Jerry when I first rolled up at CSP-COR...I was his gunner and he was my 3B Gym 1/W floor cop. Years later we worked together on 3B and I experienced a lot with Jerry on that yard. I’ll never forget him...he’ll forever be an OG. I’ve got many wonderful memories working with him. May Jerry Rest In Peace

Anthony Baer

March 20, 2018

I would like to express my sincere sympathy to Bernals Family. I had the honor of working with Bernal at CSP-Corcoran. He was a great partner and always greeted you with a smile. You always new he had your back and for that I will always remember him. I pray that God comforts you and holds you during this time of loss.

Jim Davidson

March 20, 2018

Rest in peace my friend, I'll cherish our memories as partners on 3B and all the laughs, as well as the memories we made when you worked for me on 3B and in health care. You always had a kind word for everyone and a smile on your face, especially when you talked about your family. God Bless

~jim

AARON Nadal

March 20, 2018

My deepest condolences to Jerry’s wife and kids. I had the honor to work with Jerry at CSP Corcoran, I was a newely promoted Sgt in April 2001, Jerry a veteran officer took me under his wing and guided me. I am forever thankful Jerry you where a great friend I enjoyed teasing you about the Raiders. Jerry was a great friend and colleague. Jerry always Had a smile he called us Mijo all the time! We Love you brother RIP! Thank you for the wonderful memories! GOD BLESS your soul

Ruben Ramirez

March 19, 2018

Though we did not keep in touch in our adult years, I do still remember growing up as kids and playing until dark on hot summer evenings. And though we fought at times with our cousins, we all went back the next day and had loads of fun! You will be missed but we will meet again somewhere over the rainbow! Love Ruben.

Biography

Jerry Ishmael Bernal was born in Fresno California on January 25th 1960 to Eva and
Ishmael. Jerry grew up in Indio California and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help. His
parents separated and Jerry relocated to Sanger California with his father Ishmael and
step-mother Vickie. He attended Sanger High School and worked at a car wash, which
was owned by his uncle. Jerry graduated from Sanger High in 1978. After high school,
Jerry accepted a job at the Fresno Cold Storage for 10 years. Jerry had a dream of
going into the Department of Corrections. He pinned a corrections pamphlet on his
bedroom wall and imagined himself in that uniform. He attended the academy and in
1989, Jerry took a job with the Department of Corrections as a correctional officer. He
was assigned to Soledad state prison and worked there for 2 years then he transferred
to Corcoran state prison where he worked for 22 years. He retired from corrections in
2013. During his time at Corcoran, he met his wife Jeneen who was also a correctional
officer at the prison.
Jerry and Jeneen started dating in 1998, had their daughter Genevieve in 1999, got
married to Jeneen in 2000, and had their son Jeremy in 2001 on top of Jerry's two
loving children, Leah and Jason from prior marriage. He loved all his kids
unconditionally and would give up the world for them. He always provided for his wife
and kids before he did himself. Jerry was always involved with his kids school events
whether it be cheer, softball, karate, football, school carnivals, or awards; He was
always there cheering them on.
Jerry played basketball in school and was a huge sports fan. He loved the Lakers,
Dodgers, and the Raiders. Once a week he would watch wrestling with his family. We
made it a family tradition to go to Dodger stadium on the 4th of July to watch a game
and the fireworks after, and that's a tradition that will remain. He enjoyed playing the
piano and singing on his free time. Jerry had a beautiful voice and could sing all day
long.
Jerry was a loving husband to his wife Jeneen. Father to daughter Leah, son Jason,
step-son Michael, daughter Genevieve, son Jeremy. Brother to Velma, Ronnie (who
passed on), Marty (who passed on), Rick, Mary Lou, Joe, Randy, and Eric. Grandfather
to his little Brielle, and Friend to many. He will be truly missed by all and have shared
many memories among each other.