Dr. Ernest Francis "Bud" Bernhardi Jr.

June 5, 1920January 12, 2017

Dr. Ernest Francis “Bud” Bernhardi, Jr., DO, peacefully passed away at his home in Harrisonburg, VA on January 12, 2017. He was 96.

Born June 5, 1920 in Chicago, IL to Ernest F. Bernhardi, Sr. and Florence Ruth MacPherson, he was raised in East Rockaway, Long Island, NY.

Dr. Bernhardi was a US Army veteran of World War II and graduated in 1951 from the Chicago College of Osteopathy. He maintained a general practice in Malverne, NY from 1952-78, while serving as Nassau County Police Surgeon, 5th Precinct. In 1978, he relocated to Harrisonburg, VA to continue his practice and retired in 2011at age 91.

Dr. Bernhardi held appointments as Clinical Professor and Associate Professor at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively.

Known to many as "Bud", he was a man of great compassion, generosity and spirituality. His passion was treating children and those afflicted with cerebral palsy, autism, migraines and chronic back pain.

Bud was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus and Disabled Veterans of America.

Mr. Bernhardi was preceded in death by two daughters, Caryl Ann Lear and Ruth Kaplan; sisters Marjorie and Marilou; brothers John and Robert.

He is survived by wife, Emmy Keller Bernhardi and first wife, Carol J. Bernhardi; brother William; sons, Edward and Ern; grandchildren, Teddy, Elizabeth, Christian and Jordan Bernhardi, Matt and Scott Kaplan; and son-in-law Stan Kaplan.

The family will receive friends at the Lindsey Funeral Home, in Harrisonburg, Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Funeral service will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, in Harrisonburg, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 Noon.

Donations can be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Dr. Ernest Francis "Bud" Bernhardi Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jeni Pearce

April 1, 2020

Love you grandpa doc

Daughter of caryl Ann

Chris Laseter

February 17, 2017

From the doctors in the Mid-Atlantic Osteopathic Study Group, we will never forget your kindness and generosity in sharing your vast knowledge and experience- Thank You. Working on your legacy
Chris Laseter, DO

Ern Bernhardi

January 22, 2017

Love you, Pop. You are in my thoughts every day.

Jenifer Pearce

January 18, 2017

Love you Grandpa Doc
I'll cherish our letters forever

Peter Bower

January 17, 2017


Bud touched my life in the most profound way. He treated me, as did you, and taught me. I try to model my life and practice after his. If I become 10% of what Bud represented as a physician and friend, I'll be satisfied. My heart, love and prayers go out to you and your family.

Peter Bower, M.D.

Judy Lawson

January 16, 2017

Sending prayers to you Emmy and the family. So many years ago I walked into your office on High Street and met this wonderful man/Dr. like no other with such healing hands that would take away my migraine headaches with such grace. Never has there been or will there be another like him. His humor, wit and wonderful personality made it such a joy to visit the office. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be very much missed in the town of Harrisonburg, Va.

Jerry & Judy Huffer

January 16, 2017

Emmy, You and Dr. Bernhardi were such an important part of Jerry and my life. You did so much for our son John and for that we will be forever grateful We miss seeing you and your smiling face. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. A very admirable man is now an angel, watching over all he tended to. Take care of yourself. We love you.

Heidi Villacreses-Stover

January 15, 2017

Dear Gotti, Buddy was a kind man I have warm memories of times we came to dinner at your house with Mami and Bapi and Bingo and how he was funny and made us laugh. We are very sorry for your loss. With love, Heidi, Klara & Brigitte & all the family

Nancy & Buzz CONAHAN

January 15, 2017

Dear Emmy,
You and Dr. B have been a part of my life, and many others that I brought with me during regular treatments.We had an immediate connection from the first time I walked into your office on High Street, thru all my ups and downs and roll overs in too many cars.

When you finally made Bud fully retire, and we came as quests to your beautiful home, and he still insisted on treating me and whoever made the trip with me...the love just grew stronger. I know some times it took more positive energy and you both were exhausted. Dr. B always needed you, from head to feet,from helping patients, to keeping up the office, to making healthy meals and enjoying the garden and birds.

You are so strong, but please Emmy, let all of your friends and family take care of you now. You need to allow yourself this luxury. Bud is watching over you, and wants you to be happy for him, and for you.

If I looked up SoulMates in the dictionary I would expect to see you and Dr, B as the best example. You both have helped, nourished and loved me, as family. Austin sends his love, he now has a family of his own.

Buzz never knew of such deep love and positive energy before he met you and Dr. B. I have tried to pass on your caring, love and understanding to all that I know.

We have been friends (more like sisters) almost since the time we met. I will be taking you out for lunch after things settle down.

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your wonderful husband, prayers and hugs, forever and always.

Love, Nancy and Buzz

Keaton and Betty Shenk

January 15, 2017

Emmy, we are very sorry about your loss. Over the years, Dr. Bernhardi gave great care to various members of our family. He was genuine, kind, helpful, professional, and had a great sense of humor. He also knew his limits and was quick to refer on when needed. We always appreciated your friendly welcome to the office and loved how the two of you worked together as a team. Keaton and Betty