OXFORD, Ala. —
Lillian Bernardi, 95, of Oxford, Ala., formerly of Danville, Ill., and Grand Rivers, Ky., passed away at 3:14 p.m. CDT Friday, March 29, 2013, at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston, Ala.
She was born on Dec. 3, 1917, in Vermilion County to the late Jacob and Lennie (Johnson) Whitington.
She married Robert Bernardi Sr. on May 31, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 1981.
She will be missed by her children, Dr. Robert (Gretchen) Bernardi Jr. of Edwardsville, Carol (Robert) DeVerter of Cayuga, Ind., and Dr. Patrick (Sandy) Bernardi of Oxford, Ala.; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Dr. Robert Bernard III and his wife, Dianne, and their children, Robert “Grimm” Bernardi IV, Muriel and Dominic of St. Louis, Mo., Christopher Bernardi and his wife, Bobbi, and their children, Miranda and Ariana of Alameda, Calif., Todd DeVerter and his wife, Laura, and their children, Trebor and Courtney of Cayuga, Ind., Philip Bernardi Jr. and his wife, Laurie, and their children, Kameron and Sam of Danville; Connie Chew and her husband, Dennis, and their daughter, Hannah of Cayuga, Ind., Robinlyn Hegg and her husband, Jeff, and their children, Kaila and Gage of Covington, Ind., Paul Bernardi and his friend, Todd, of Tilton and Jacob Bernardi and his wife, Trish, of Blackstone, Elizabeth Bernardi and her husband, Andrew Burk, of Eastaboga, Ala., and Greg Bernardi of Oxford, Ala.; and a sister, Leona Haworth of Raleigh, N.C.
Lillian was preceded in death by her son Philip Bernardi Sr.; infant twin great-granddaughters; sister, Elva Blakney; and brother, Bernard Whitington.
Lillian was a 1936 graduate of Henning High School and a graduate of Danville Beauty School. She was a co-owner with her husband, Robert, of the former East Side Market in Danville and the Barkley Dam Motel in Grand Rivers, Ky.
Lillian enjoyed sewing, making quilts, was an avid reader and enjoyed watching NASCAR and her favorite drivers, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Graveside services and burial: 3:30 p.m. CDT Friday, April 12, at Stearns Cemetery in Fithian. Officiating: Dr. Patrick Bernardi.
Donations may be made to the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society, 1884 S. State Road 63, Hillsdale, IN 47854, because of her love of animals, or to the Salvation Army, 855 E. Fairchild St., Danville, IL 61832.
DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga, Ind., is in charge of arrangements. Condolences: www.deverterfuneralhome.com.