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“He was a great man, husband, father and friend. I will miss him and his smile. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Ted Bell - Palmdale, CA - friend

“Gary will always be remembered as a trusted colleague, meticulous civil engineer, and supportive friend over many years of sharing professional...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Dietrich Freigang - Des Plaines, IL

“Gary always lit up the room, what a beautiful soul. He will not be forgotten. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Sandra & Randy Harris - IL

“My prayers are with you and your loved ones. Words do not come easy during this time for you and yours. Gary always had a smile for everyone....was...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Meyer - Frankfort, IL

“We met playing golf but a wonderful friendship quickly blossomed. There was a sharing of Bears season tickets at which I'll always remember Gary's...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Ed Kotapish - La Grange Park, IL

“Leslie, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Keeping you in thought and prayer for God's comfort today and all the days to follow. God bless. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Marilyn Goodwill (DeValk) - AZ

“My deepest condolences to Karen, Indalia and Marbeya on the loss of your husband and father. As you know we are long time lunch buddies, golf...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Wayne Buczkowski - Tucson, AZ

“Gary was like an older brother to me. I have wonderful memories of growing up with him and all the crazy stunts he pulled both with and on me! ...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Barbara Blattner Akst - Annandale, VA

“Karen, Indalia, Marbeya,We are so sorry for your loss. Gary was the BEST!!! Not such a good fisherman but a TREMENDOUS Engineer, & Friend. We (Gini)...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Frank Knittle - South Holland, IL

“Tom and I are so glad that we had a chance to meet Gary. What a wonderful man! We are so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are comforted this...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Ellen Hemstock - Sparta, WI

“I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain and that you will see him again someday. My...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: JoAnne Walker - New Lenox, IL

“Karen, sending love & prayers. I am so happy that we all re-connected. You are a very special lady & I am happy to have met you. God Bless. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Joanne Robertson - Tupelo, MS

“Rest in Pease Gary. A great engineer and even better man. I'll miss you. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: John Dramisino - Coworker


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Gerald "Gary" Roland Berner
70, of New Lenox, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017, surrounded with love, by his family. Cherished husband of Karen (nee Hoppe); adoring father of Indalia (Brian Hemstock) and Marbeya Berner; dear brother of Leslie (the late Joe) Zubcic; friend and brother-in-law of Tom Von Hoppe; devoted godfather to Liane (Jim) Birk and Matthew (Michelle) Zubcic; fond uncle to Joshua(Michelle) and Nathan Zubcic, Shenan Hoppe-Ludwig(Mike Pawlarczyk), Jennifer Grzelak, Joe Grzelak, and Douglas (Dolly) Von Hoppe; forever friend to Judy Ludwig(Chuck Schull), Frank(Gini) Knittle, and many more; treasured cousin and great uncle.

A triple cancer fighter (prostate, multiple myeloma, skin), Gary faced his battle with strength and a quick wit. He never forgot to enjoy life, and would often be found in his garden, golfing with friends, spending time with family at Woodsmoke Ranch in Seneca, Il, or relishing good times in Florida and Door County.

Gary was born in Chicago to the late Roland and Eleanore (nee Maes) Berner and raised in Tinley Park, Il on the beloved family farm. Gary was a retired Professional Civil Engineer with H.O.H., in which he was employed for 43 years. He was an alumni of St. Joseph's College, where he majored in mathematics and physics, and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a current Commissioner with The Village of New Lenox Plan Commission.

The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 102 E. Francis Rd, New Lenox on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 3pm – 8pm. Funeral Service Saturday, June 3, 2017 with prayers in the funeral home at 9:30am then to St. Jude Catholic Church, New Lenox for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am. Interment Maplewood Cemetery, New Lenox.