Mary L. Bernard

Obituary for Mary L. Bernard

April 22, 1927 - January 24, 2019
Batavia, Illinois | Age 91


Mary Bernard (nee Luetzow), 91, retired educator, died on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Mary was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1949. While in Madison, she met the love of her life, Roger, whom she married immediately after graduation. Mary worked as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin Extension at Milwaukee and as a lab tech in Ohio before Roger and she started their family. In 1957, they moved to Aurora.

Mary started teaching 9th grade science at Washington Junior High in 1965. While teaching and raising a family, she earned her master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University in 1968. In 1973, she transferred to West High as a chemistry teacher. She continued to teach high school chemistry in District 129 until 1988.

Mary contributed to the Aurora community in many ways. After retiring, she was elected to the Dist. 129 school board and served as member and president for 14 years. For several years, she was a board member and eventual chairman of the board of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Aurora. While with the VNA, she participated in family health and hospice study groups.

Mary was a very active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora, serving in many capacities. While a member of AAUW-Aurora Branch, she was instrumental in elevating awareness of gender equity issues in education. She served on the board of the Aurora Community Study Circles Organization where she assisted members in promoting a better understanding of how individuals from diverse groups can work and learn together.

Among other honors, Mary was honored as a 1995 YWCA "Women of Distinction", she was a 2002 "School Dist. 129 Golden Apple Award" winner and received the "Hal Beebee Book of Golden Deeds Award" in 2000. Aurora Mayor David Stover proclaimed November 16, 2000 as "Mary L. Bernard Day" in the City of Aurora because "on a daily basis, Mary L Bernard demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life in Aurora".

Survivors include her three children, Steve (Peg) of Peachtree City, GA, Ann (Ken) Wood of Hawthorn Woods, IL, and Bill (Katherine Burson) of Darien, IL; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by Roger; her parents, Irvin and Emma Luetzow; sister, Ethel Bridge; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Wood.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 P.M. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Place, Aurora, where Mary's family will greet friends from 9:30 A.M. until the service hour. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be made to The Visiting Nurse Association, Aurora or Our Savior Lutheran Church, Aurora.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Visiting Nursing Association of Aurora
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church

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