Margaret Bernardino

August 10, 1924June 14, 2013

MARGARET BERNARDINO August 10, 1924 – June 14, 2013

Margaret “Mausie” Bernardino spent a lifetime sharing her love with everyone she met. That started in St. Louis, where she was born to Pietro and Frances Tocco in 1924. She was blessed with seven siblings - Leo, Louie, Petie, Rose, Sammy, Tony, and Mary. ( Mary, the baby, is the only one living and she was loved very deeply by Margaret.) Margaret came to California with her family when she was five years old. She grew up in Little Italy where, as a teenager, she met a young man in the neighborhood named Vito. The two were married at the Wedding Bell Chapel in Hillcrest in 1945 and began what would be a model marriage of absolute devotion. The thing about Margaret and Vito was they really liked each other, too, and you could see it in their eyes whenever they were together throughout the 61 years of their marriage. The first product of their love was their son Tony. Then came daughters Rosina and Fran. To say that Margaret doted on her children would be a huge understatement. She adored them, and spent every waking minute making sure they had what they needed – whether it was clean clothes, delicious food, or loving arms to comfort them. She was the ultimate mother who was always there for her kids – literally and figuratively. When they came home from school, she was there waiting for them. When they needed someone to talk to about a problem, she was there to listen. When they needed someone to watch their kids, she was there. Of course she was. She doted on her grandsons and great grandson, too. No matter how many people Margaret welcomed into her life and into her heart, she always had room for more. She always wanted people to visit, always loved to have her living room, dining room and kitchen filled with family – including all of her nieces and nephews - and the people her family brought along with them. Everybody was welcomed through her door. And she always was genuinely happy to see whoever it was who arrived on the front porch. In that inimitable voice of hers, she would say, “Oh, hi, so and so! I was just thinking about you! Come on in!” In the simple and beautiful world Margaret created with Vito, she was happy and always surrounded by people she loved. Losing Vito, and later her sister Rose and her precious son, Tony, were extremely painful for her, but she held up through those losses, knowing there were others who still needed her love and care. She successfully fought breast cancer, and helped members of her extended family weather every storm they ever encountered. She always wanted to help. The last several weeks were difficult for everyone while Margaret tried to beat the new cancer that would eventually take her away. But she never lost her beautiful smile, her kindness, and her inner radiance. As her daughters would help her to bed at night, she would thank them for all that they did for her. But Rosina and Fran say they are the ones who thank God for every day they had with their mother. They believe it was an honor for them to be raised by such a wonderful woman, and it was an honor for all of us to have known her, and to have been included in her genuine, loving embrace. Margaret, our loss is heaven’s gain. We will never forget your sense of humor, your beautiful spirit and your ability to bring happiness wherever you were. You will forever be in our hearts


  • Rosary and Mass Thursday, June 20, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Margaret Bernardino

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June 23, 2013

So sorry to hear about your Mom. There are so many memories of hanging out with you and your family growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Fran. Love Mary Ann Carniglia Beitler

Mary Parisi

June 23, 2013

Bernardino Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers for your family.

June 20, 2013

My deepest condolences Rosina and Fran, just seems like yesterday that I ran into you shopping with your Mom.

June 20, 2013

Auntie Mausie will be missed. I loved her laughter and kindness. She was always welcoming and loving to everyone. Both she and Uncle Vito meant so much to me. May God Bless her and the entire family. Now she can be with Uncle Vito and Pup. Remember, I was a Tocco before becoming a Bernardino

Carole Butcher (Bernardino)
Banning, CA

Simone Pisciotta

June 19, 2013

We have been so fortunate to have Auntie Margaret in our lives, I will always remember her uniquely beautiful voice and frequent laugh. Our deepest sympathy and all our love to the family, Sam, Kathy, Sammy, & Simon Pisciotta.

June 19, 2013

Margaret was always so kind to my family and I. Vito as well. God Bless her and family. George McMillan

Nicholas Manly

June 18, 2013

Love you so much aunt Mausie you will always be missed.

Emma Bruno Sofia

June 18, 2013

Auntie Margaret was the best cook ever and always had a welcoming home to everyone. My heart goes out to Rosina and Fran and the grandchildren. Love,

June 18, 2013

Love, Joelynda ,Erika ,Sammy And Giovanna

You will Be forever Loved!

June 18, 2013

Mausie you will always have a special place in my heart. You will be missed !

I love you