Marcella Elizabeth Bernethy

Marcella Elizabeth Bernethy

August 27, 1924 - May 24, 2021
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Marcella Elizabeth Bernethy,

Gardiner, Montana,

Formerly of Saginaw.

Loving mother and grandmother passed away Monday, May 24, 2021. Age 96 years. Daughter of the late Julian and Elizabeth (Kretz) Liskow, Marcella was born August 27, 1924 in Saginaw, Michigan. She attended S.S. Peter and Paul School where she graduated in June of 1942. Ironically and of historical interest, the night of her graduation was the first scheduled black out for the city of Saginaw as preparation for war as the U.S. became more engaged in WWII. On September 21, 1946, Marcella married the love of her life, William Bernethy, and the shared 50 years of laughter and happiness while raising five children. Marcella’s life revolved around family, friendship and her Catholic faith. These relationships were the very core of her existence and her greatest joy was providing food for family, celebrations and events.

Marcella was a homemaker, devoted mother and grandmother. William and Marcella raised five children, William (Kathy) Bernethy, Bradenton, Florida; Timothy (Lisa) Bernethy, Gardiner, Montana; Julianne (Hannibal) Anderson, Emigrant, Montana; Patrick (Jan) Bernethy, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; Matthew Bernethy (deceased); ten grandchildren, Julie Anderson, Jessica Anderson Mayo, Erin Pettijohn, Kyle Bernethy, Jill Bernethy, Annie Hondorf, Will Freland, Andrew Anderson, Malou Anderson and Daniel Anderson; and 13 great-grandchildren. Marcella was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill; her son, Matthew Bernethy; and her granddaughter, Jill Bernethy.

Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2021 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 6400 McCarty Rd., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Livingston Healthcare Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Marcella’s final wishes are for families and friends to celebrate life, laugh with each other and honor their time together with nourishing home cooked meals as she was a strong proponent of the value of family gathering at dinner. We invite you to share a meal with loved ones and raise a glass in Marcella’s honor!

**For those that wish to attend the service remotely, please use the following link on Friday beginning at 10:55 a.m. **
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. John Vianney Catholic Church
    6400 McCarty Road
    Saginaw 48603
  • Service

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 11:00am
    St. John Vianney Catholic Church
    6400 McCarty Rd.
    SAGINAW, MI 48603
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  • Interment

    St. Andrew Cemetery
    381 St. Andrews Rd
    SAGINAW, MI 48638
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Kathleen, Sarah, Tim, Matt & John Guinan

Posted at 04:56pm
When we think of Marcella we ALL smile! She was not only a loving & loyal friend to her bff Mary, but generously extended that love to all of us! XOX

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Gregory DeMaet

Posted at 03:04pm
Pat we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Greg and Pat DeMaet

Gloria kirby

Posted at 10:13pm
Tim & family, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! You are all in my thoughts and prayers🙏

Cathy Haglund

Posted at 07:32am
Bill and Kathy and family, your mom was a beautiful soul. We truly enjoyed the time we got to spend with her. She loved her family greatly and loved her Lord and Savior. May you find peace in the days ahead knowing your mom is rejoicing and celebrating knowing we will all meet together again. Dennis and Cathy Haglund

Amy Blenkhorn

Posted at 03:12pm
These ladies knew what a true friend is! Thanks for showing us what it meant to be with each other through thick and thin.

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