Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.

1724 East Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA


Genowefa V. Bernal

Passed away on September 28, 2019

Genowefa (Gena) V. Bernal, 46, of Phoenixville, PA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday September 28, 2019. Gena was the wife of Leopoldo Bernal. Gena had a great love for assisting the multiple immigrant families throughout the Greater Philadelphia area thru her social work; treasuring the time with her own family and sons’ sporting events while making time in her schedule for her close friends/classmates from High School at Conestoga. Surviving are Gena’s two children: Alexander (Xander) age 14 and Gabriel (Gabe) age 18 along with sibling Frans Jack Vossenberg age 47. Relatives and Friends may call on Monday October 14, 2019 from 10:00-11:00am at St. Ann’s Church: 502 Main St. Phoenixville, PA 19460. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am. Interment to follow at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Gabe and Xander’s college fund on their GoFundMe site https://www.gofundme.com and search for Geffa (Gena) Bernal Memorial Education Fund or other monetary donations can be made out to Leopoldo Bernal and mailed to, PO Box 741, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Arrangements are with Alleva Funeral Home, Inc. Paoli, PA


  • Calling Hours at Saint Ann's Church (Phoenixville, PA) Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Ann's Church Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Inurnment at Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery Monday, October 14, 2019


Genowefa V. Bernal

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Maria Perez

October 15, 2019

Gena you were a great person and we at Taggart will always remember you. She was the best as a co-worker and a friend to The Migrant community. We will always love her and continue her legacy to help all with love and integrity. Que Viva Gena por siempre! The children at Taggart did an ofrenda for the Day of the Dead for Gena.

Debra Green

October 14, 2019

To Gena's sons and family,
Gena was my friend and I am deeply saddened by her sudden passing. I miss her. I so desperately wanted to be there at her services today, to show support and to celebrate her life, but unfortunately, I needed to stay behind here at the District. (Michelle and Jhoanna will be there to represent our office.) Please know that I am thinking of you, will be there in spirit and praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Know that there is a circle of your mother's friends and colleagues holding you up in prayer. May my condolences bring you comfort and my prayers ease the pain of your loss. Most of all, I wish you peace.
With my sincere condolences,
Dr. Debra Green
The Multilingual Assessment Center (MAC)
The School District of Philadelphia

Alcmena White

October 14, 2019

We spent many times at CAPA talking about Jose and the great work she was doing with families. I saw her outside of school and I was so impressed with her as a person. We never really got to hang out alot because we were doing the work we do with children. She was a champion to kids and their families and it was a privilege to know her and work with her and Jose. I am deeply saddened by her passing and she will be in my heart and prayers along with her family forever.

Mary Beth Ryan - Ranieri

October 4, 2019

I babysat Jack and Geffa when they were young children. I always enjoyed spending time with both of them. Geffa was a ray of Sunshine with the most beautiful smile. I am so sorry for your unbelievable loss. I am keeping all of you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Sending my love and deepest condolences. Mary Beth Ryan Ranieri