A former classmate of mine from Holy Name has passed away. The feeling I had when I read the news was one of great sadness. I have not had contact with Bernadette since we finished 8th grade in 1965, however I remember her and her family very well. I believe that she lived on 7th St. during her childhood. I secretly had a “crush” on Bernadette during grade school. I remember her mom used to help serve breakfast on First Fridays, standing behind the counter in the cafeteria and dishing out those wonderful maple rolls.
To learn of a childhood friend’s passing is a new experience for me. It is certainly one that I will need to deal with in the future, and that will be increasingly difficult.
God be with you Bernadette. My deepest sympathies to your entire family during this difficult time. Know that all of your Holy Name classmates are praying for you and know that you are now at rest in God’s embrace.
Remembrance is a golden chain
Death tries to break,
but all in vain.
To have, to love, and then to part
Is the greatest sorrow of one’s heart.
The years may wipe out many things
But some they wipe out never.
Like memories of those happy times
When we were all together.
~ Author Unknown
Bernadette E. Lucas, 61, of Dillsburg, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Manor Care Health Services, York.
She was born February 26, 1951, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Bernard Lucas of Duquesne and the late Betty Ziele Lucas.
Bernadette was a retired Vice Principal in the Midd West School District and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg.
She is survived by two sons, Jorma Z. Lucas of Dillsburg, Paul G. Werntges of Charleston, SC; two daughters, Bernadette G. Werntges of Baltimore, MD, Renee E. Werntges of Dillsburg; one brother, Brian Lucas of Midland, TX; and two sisters, Barb Daniels of Midland, TX and Bonni Hayford of Jacksonville, FL. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Madeleine Lucas, Scarlett Werntges and Dahlia Payne.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 10:00 am in her church, 310 Hertzler Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA with the Rev. Monsignor William J. King as Celebrant. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, PA. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 7-9 pm in the Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc., 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Hospice, 3417 Concord Rd., Suite C, York, PA 17402. An online guestbook can be signed at www.cocklinfuneralhome.com
Published in Patriot-News on September 25, 2012