Bernard Bernie J. Peterson

December 10, 1930January 19, 2013

Beloved Husband, father, and grandfather, Bernard J. “Bernie” Peterson of Manchester passed away early Saturday morning. He was 82 years old. Bernie was born December 10, 1930 in Woodbridge, NJ, the youngest son of Anthony and Mary (Leahy) Peterson. A gifted athlete, Bernie excelled in several sports in high school and was named to the Woodbridge High School sports hall of fame. Bernie graduated from high school in 1948 and Fork Union Military Academy in 1951, and served with honor in the United States Air Force. He was a veteran of the Korean War on active duty from 1951-1955, and on active reserve until 1959. On May 24, 1952 Bernie married Helen Serdinsky at St. James R.C. Church in Woodbridge, NJ, and they enjoyed nearly 61 years of togetherness. In addition to his wife, Bernie is survived by his children: Bernard Jr. and Carol, of Bayville and their children Michael and Nicole; Christopher and Deborah, of Bayville and daughters, Jennifer and Jaclyn; Jean, of Pennsylvania; Gary and Amber of Delaware and their children Oriana and Drayson; and Theresa and partner George Potor, of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his brother Raymond and sister-in-law Dorothy, and an extremely large extended family. He is preceded in death by one brother, Anthony Francis. Bernie believed in the positive power of civic engagement and was an active force in his community. He served on the Woodbridge Town Council for twenty years and was a member of numerous community service organizations . He was a member of Saint James R.C. Church, Woodbridge, and is now a member of St. John’s R.C. Church in Manchester A tireless advocate for fairness and the betterment of his community, he carried the mantle of personal integrity with him in all his activities and set a high standard for those around him to emulate. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, NY, NY 10018 or at Visitation will be from 2 to 4 pm on Tues. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 3010 Ridgeway Rd., Manchester. A funeral service will be held at 4 pm, Tues. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date. To Post a tribute please visit the website at


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bernard Bernie J. Peterson

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saundra morris

January 25, 2013

Dear Jean, Terri, and George -- we send much love. Our hearts are with you amid your pain.

Saundra and Harold

Rich Mccolley

January 23, 2013

Sad to here about your father even tho I never met him reading the story of some of his life stuff and how smart and tough he was.reminds me of your family god bless

Mitch, Meenakshi, Maya, and Evan

January 22, 2013

Dear Jean and Terri: we are very sorry for your loss. Here's wishing you and your family the very best.

Joe Gregus

January 22, 2013

With sincere condolences to you and your family.

George Balint

January 22, 2013

Bernie & Family,

My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. He was a good man and will be missed. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Joyce Katen Debrowski

January 22, 2013

To the Peterson Family~
I have such fond memories of your Dad in the old neighborhood. We lived next door to you. Mr. Peterson always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. He was one of the good guys on the block! My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time.

Donna Rech

January 21, 2013

Peterson Family, In many ways I feel like a part of your family! Growing up next store to Grandma Peterson and becoming friends with Terry when she was three...I grew up with all of you and have many fond memories please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers! Your Dad was a wonderful man...I can still hear him say "Hello Girls" everytime he walked in the house when we were hanging out or playing as young girls. I loved handing out the flyers when he was campaining in town, or helping with the phone calls when I got older. Rest in peace Mr. Peterson! Our deepest sympathy, The Donna, Candice and the Silagyi family

Linda Beirne Jeglinski

January 21, 2013

Bernie, I remember your mom and dad very well. Because I settled in Woodbridge, over the years I would bump into your father now and then and he always made me smile, thinking about the good old days in the old neighborhood. I know that Michael, Sheila and Brenda join me in sending all of you our condolences. Sincerely, Linda Beirne Jeglinski

Bob and Donna Hugelmeyer

January 21, 2013

Sorry to hear of your loss! We all lost a fine man who has gone on home to Our Father in heaven. May he rest in the peace with Jesus, Mary, and all the saints. God continue to bless him and his family.

Karen Sorenson

January 21, 2013

Peterson Family , So sorry for your loss , My thoughts and Prayers for all of you during this Emotional time in your lives . Its not easy when someone you love so dearly passes on , I know this feeling all too well , but remember all the love and laughter you've shared. The memories of this great man will live on forever in your hearts.