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110 Division St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Phone: 518-842-2810
Fax: 518-842-6952
William Bernat

William A "Bill" Bernat

Friday, February 4th, 1927 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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William A. Bernat, 92 of Lansing Street, Hagaman, NY; passed away Thursday November 7, 2019 at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY.

Born in Amsterdam, on February 4, 1927, he was the son of the late Paul and Theodosia Pabis Bernat.

Bill received his education in the Amsterdam school system and was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Class of 1944.

He was a Senior Sales Representative for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from 1954 until his retirement in 1990.

Bill was an honorably discharged veteran of World War II serving with the Merchant Marines.

Bill was a lifelong parishioner and communicant of St. Stephen’s Church in Hagaman, a member of the Amsterdam High School Football and Basketball Booster Club, Hagaman Youth Commission and the Bigelow Weavers Club.

On October 23, 1948, he married Pauline Urbelis Bernat. Pauline passed away July 10, 2010. Bill was also predeceased by his son William Mark Bernat on January 29, 1997, one brother, Leo P. Bernat and one sister, Florence Bylebyl,

Bill is survived by two daughters, Paulette Schwenke (Clifford) of Poinciana, FL; and Diane Vecchio (Larry) of Hagaman, NY; daughter-in-law, Maureen Harrington Bernat, five grandchildren, Nicholas Torani (Rachel), Melissa Judge (Michael), Angela Kelly (Shaun), Morgan Bernat (fiance, Anthony) and Keegan Kovacik (Zachary), ten great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated Monday morning November 11, 2019 at 11:00 at St. Stephen’s Church, 46 Pawling Street, Hagaman, NY 12086, with Fr O. Robert De Martinis officiating.

Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary, Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Memorial gifts in Bills name may be made to St. Stephen’s Church or Community Hospice of Amsterdam, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Riley Mortuary, Inc
    110 Division Street
    AMSTERDAM, NY 12010
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  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Stephens Church
    51 Pawling Street
    HAGAMAN, NY 12086
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    Fr. O. Robert DeMartinis
  • Interment

    St. Stephens Cemetery
    46 Pawling Street
    HAGAMAN, NY 12086
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Ron Gray

Posted at 11:34pm
I am so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing, he was such a wonderful man......Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. By the time I learned of his passing and arrangements, I was not able to make calling hours. Now I live in Clifton Park,NY. May your family and your Faith bring you great comfort in your loss.....

Ron Gray


Posted at 06:03pm
To the Bernat family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bill was a wonderful person.
Frank & Linda Maphia

jay, kathy mosher

Posted at 08:42am
the bernat family, our condolenes; jay Kathy mosher Seminole, fl.

Pauline Kosineski

Posted at 12:55pm
The Bernat Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are sorry that we will not be home to attend services for Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

With sympathy,
Bob and Pauline Kosineski


Joseph LaPorte

Posted at 07:45am
Prayers with Bills family..
Joseph and Helen LaPorte..

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