OBITUARY

Kathy Lynn Bernhardt

May 14, 1951March 29, 2021
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Kathy Lynn Bernhardt, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Hudson, Colorado, passed away on March 29 th , 2021 at the age of 69. Kathy was born in Brighton, Colorado on May 14, 1951. She was raised on the Bernhardt family farm with her three sisters, Betty Ann, LaRene and Arthea. She graduated from Weld Central High School in 1969. Kathy went on to complete her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University, and then her Master of Education at Arizona State University in 2011. After relocating to Arizona in 1989, she began her career in Information Technology at Arizona State University. She retired after 25 years, having made many good friends during her time there. Kathy enjoyed many activities, including dancing, attending concerts, participating in music, and directing choirs. One of her favorite past times was hiking, whether in the Colorado Mountains or the Arizona desert. She and Gerry, her partner and best friend of 25 years, spent many hours enjoying the beauty of Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Kathy will be greatly missed by: Gerry Foley, her daughter Kay Lene Franklin, step daughters Margaret and Patricia, and sisters LaRene and Arthea. She was an important fixture in the lives of her nieces and nephews: Linda, Jeneane, Gene, Randy and Roger. Also, her grand-daughter Avery, great nephews James “Daniel”, Troy , and great nieces Eibhleann and Eleanor. She was preceded in death by her parents Anna and Arthur, sister Betty Ann.and great nephew J.D. Haney.

A service to celebrate the joy Kathy brought to the world during her life will be held Thursday April 8 th , 2021, with viewing from 1:00 to 1:30 and service at 1:30 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church 1130 E Broadway Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85119.

Memorial Donations may be made to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E Arboretum Way Superior, Arizona 85173 or John Calvin Presbyterian Church, P O Box 5307 Apache Junction, AZ 85178

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Faylene Tucker -Edens

April 11, 2021

I met Kathy in the 7th grade. We went thru Jr high and high school together. We have remained friends all these years. I met her for lunch when she was visiting Colorado just before our 50th reunion. She told me it is important we attend this reunion. We went and had a good time. I am so grateful to have spent time with her that weekend. I thank God to have known her and called her my friend.
You will live in my heart.

Julie Burrows-Blair

April 11, 2021

Condolences to Kathy’s family, my heart goes out to you all for your loss. I have known Kathy since 7th grade, made many memories with her which I treasure. So glad got to see her at our class reunion last year. Kathy was a very talented person and wonderful friend.

Wilma Hale

April 6, 2021

I remember all of the long hours she put into her work as our music director and the big renovation project we had going here at church. I know it was so very frustrating at times. She stayed with it, though. I admire her for not giving up like so many others had.
Alan and I want to offer our condolences and pray God will bring you peace -remembering the good times.

Jeanne Lowrey

April 5, 2021

Kathy was the person at MdS you could count on for a big smile, a hard working attitude and kindness. I remember having maybe Easter lunch at her home on the back patio for all of us who lived in AZ without any or many blood relatives in the area. I also remember going on several day hikes with her and others especially in the Superstition Mountains. She was talented and so willing to be adventurous. It's been a long time since I've been in her presence, but Kay, my heart goes out to you and all of Kathy's family. {{hugs}}
~jl

Chuck and Pat Raske

April 2, 2021

We wanted to let Larene and Lyle know that we are thinking of all the family at this sad time. You have our heartfelt sympathy for all your family.

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