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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Wednesday September 22nd, 2021
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Richard Catholic Church
Thursday September 23rd, 2021

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Gloria Marie Bernath

Gloria (Simon) Bernath, age 83, of Swanton, Ohio, entered into eternal rest, Thursday morning, September 16, 2021, at SKLD Nursing Facility in Bryan, Ohio. She was born April 2, 1938 in Assumption, Ohio to Wilfred and Laura (Schwamberger) Simon. Gloria was a graduate of St. Mary’s School in Assumption. She married Roger Bernath on September 20, 1958. He preceded her in death on April 13, 2018.

Gloria was a homemaker raising their two children, and also was a bookkeeper for the family business, Bernath Land Clearing. She enjoyed being a 4-H advisor for many years and was also a gym teacher at St. Richards School. A devout Catholic, Gloria was a member of St. Richard Catholic Parish and the Altar Rosary Society. She was very involved with the church making baptismal gowns for the newly baptized, working funeral dinners and she loved to help with the church festivals.

When walking into her home, you could always find a puzzle on the family room table or a deck of playing cards nearby. She was always up to playing a good game of Solitaire or Monopoly with her grandsons. She was also an avid reader who kept a notebook recording every book she ever read. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, sewing and crocheting. Cooking and canning were things she also loved and her grandkids claim she had the best tacos around!

Gloria loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Fishing up in Canada, at Rice Lake, was her favorite pastime. She enjoyed researching her family tree with her sister Mona, whom she always considered her forever best friend. Many sewing projects and quilts were made and enjoyed together by the two sisters.

Left to cherish Gloria’s memory is her daughter, Laurie (Matt) Rufenacht; grandsons, Josh (Sarah) Rufenacht, Ryan (Kristine) Rufenacht, Chad (Claire Fricke) Rufenacht, Tyler and Lukas Rufenacht; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tessa, Teagan, Tatum, Charlotte, Jameson and Avery Rufenacht; brothers, Wilfred (Ruth) Simon and Herbert (Shirley) Simon; sister, Mona (Bill) Schmitz and sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue Simon and Gary Bernath; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Roger, Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; son, David Bernath; brothers, Elwood and Jim Simon and sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis Simon and Donna (Warren) Roehrig.

Visitation will be held Wednesday. September 22nd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday, September 23rd from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Dutch Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to SKLD Nursing Facility c/o the Memory Care Activities Fund, 1104 Wesley Ave., Bryan, OH 43506.

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A candle was lit in memory of Gloria Bernath

Jacque Bettinger Nov 4 2021 6:44 PM

Losing a Mom is a very difficult thing. I am so sorry. Cherish the memories!

Bethann Childress Sep 21 2021 3:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gloria Bernath

Peaches Holland Sep 20 2021 6:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gloria Bernath

Barb & Gabi Blumenauer Sep 19 2021 8:13 PM

We have made so many wonderful memories together that I will always remember. You will remain in my heart forever and I will miss your wonderful smile!

Bonnie Gorsuch Sep 17 2021 7:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gloria Bernath

Bonnie Gorsch Sep 17 2021 7:38 PM

She was one of the best seamstresses in Swanton! She repaired clothes for the dry cleaners in Swanton for years! A sweet sole with a smile. Good bye dear lady!

Kathy & Bill Sep 17 2021 7:35 PM

Prayers to the family!

Barbara Blumenauer Sep 16 2021 11:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gloria Bernath

Barbara Blumenauer Sep 16 2021 11:08 PM