Nicholas Anthony Bernardi
March 30, 1954 – August 31, 2019
Nicholas Anthony Bernardi, 65, of Marengo passed away August 31, 2019. He was born March 30, 1954 in Chicago to Anthony and Pierina Bernardi. On June 8, 1986 he married Donna DeMaria. Nick enjoyed the outdoors, he was an avid hunter and trapper. As a hobby, Nick enjoyed raising canaries. He retired from Pepper Construction. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Nick is survived by his wife, Donna; his children, Anthony (Amber Burke) Bernardi and Nicholas (Jessica) Bernardi; his grandson, Ryker Bernardi; his mother, Pierina Bernardi; his sister, Lisa (Randolph) Chilik; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Bernardi. There will be a visitation from 4 to 8pm on Friday, September 6 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. There will be a continued visitation from 9:30am to 10:30am on Saturday, September 7 at the funeral home. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 323 N. Taylor St., Marengo. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.marengo-unionfuneralhome.com.
- Donna Bernardi, Wife
- Anthony (Amber Burke) Bernardi, Son
- Nicholas (Jessica) Bernardi, Son
- Ryker Bernardi, Grandson
- Pierina Bernardi, Mother
- Lisa (Randolph) Chilik, Sister
- Anthony Bernardi, Father (deceased)
- Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
- Continued Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, September 7, 2019
Nicholas Anthony Bernardi
September 9, 2019
Sincere condolences from our entire family. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
September 5, 2019
Nick & I met at Holy Cross HS. We attended high school & other dances. Multiple field trips left us taking the CTA home from downtown Chicago. At Nick's house, we would go to the basement with his dad's birds.
Nick introduced me to the guys that frequented Antonio's Pizzeria. I am grateful to him for this due to the important friendships that evolved from it. I wonder why Antonio's allowed us to stay for hours after ordering a can of pop. We had Sunday mornings breakfasts at a restaurant we nicknamed “Saint Novak's” because our parents thought we were at church. After our group began to get drivers licenses, we would ride around in a 59 and a 60 Chevy and my “banana boat”, then park on Overhill & talk, tease & argue.
I loved our Nicolet National Forest trips. Once we stayed in an old hotel in Crandon with one bathroom per floor. Annother time, we carried a boat between two lakes & camped on the far side away from anyone. We also camped at a family campground where we foraged firewood and totally cleaned the campsite before we left. Nick took me fishing the Kishwaukee river near Marengo many times.
We were often found at Jim & Nick;s tavern shooting pool & playing the bowling machine. We made an effort to meet at the tavern on Saturday afternoons for a free lunch. You would often find Nick in the tavern's old wooden phone booth talking to whoever he was dating. Nick always seemed to have a girlfriend. One time he set me up on a blind double date to Nashville North, a country music establishment.
Nick was mature for his age & did not engage in nonsense. He worked hard & always had a job. His first vehicle was a truck so could plowing snow. After a major snowstorm, Nick shoveled the flat roofs for State Farm After high school Nick went to work even though he had great grades, an outstanding ATC score & multiple scholarships. He knew what he wanted & was ready for his adult life.
I regret we lost contact & hope he had a joyful life.
September 4, 2019
RIP Nicky we had some good times growing up and I will always remember those
Owen and Glori Wilson
September 4, 2019
Donna and family , our condolences to you all. We remember Nick as a friendly kind soul. We feel blessed to have called him a friend.
September 3, 2019
I cant fathom the loss of your Husband,Father and Brother...and my Dear friend...
Nick and I spent almost 5 decades together as neighborhood friends and went on to develop a true bond of buddydom that will never be forgotten.
From our rag tag hunting and fishing excursions around Northern Illinois farms in the Marengo and Harvard areas,to countless trips to our Musky fishing grounds at Johnnies Resort up in Laona,Wis.,and our most memorable trips to Lysite,Wyoming for Mule Deer and Antelope.
He and I also went to Ontario,Canada on a fishing trip to Wally Twiggs Canada North Lodge...Camped on an Island and did all our own cooking on an open fire for every meal...we caught a lot of Northern Pike and Walleye that trip...
On the way up in my new 1977 Ford pickup...for some reason,the radio dint work most of the way..so I had ONE CASSETTE tape of Boston's 1st album...
We listened to it for all 18 hours it took to get to the lodge AND back home...OVER AND OVER!
Nick always told me,"Everytime I hear those songs off the album,I go right back to that trip to Canada"!
When we got together later in life,we always reminisced about those days,never forgetting all the experiences we all had in our youth and beyond...
I will and do truly miss those days I have spoken about here...
Nick really enjoyed hunting,fishing and trapping and he taught his Sons the ins and outs of his craft he so dearly loved!!
Its ironic,that now he will be at rest just a few hundred yards from the river area he so loved to frequent with all of us,fishing for Pike on the banks of the Kishwaukee...trapping Beaver and Deer hunting...
Hopefully,Nick is right back at it,where the Deer are plentiful,the fish are biting,and the Traplines are full...
I'm going to really miss you,you were and will always be "My Buddy Nick in Marengo"!!
Rest in Heaven now Nick,which God has promised to all of us who believe!!
Till we meet again with slung rifles and fishing poles!!
September 2, 2019
Friend since kindergarten. My dad taught him how to hunt. Like readers digest. One of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet. Rest in peace Nick.
September 2, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Nick, going to gun shows, going out for breakfast, and Charley Pride concert. May he rest in peace.