August 16, 1923-January 4, 2019
GENESEO — Bernard M. “Bernie” Steiner, 95, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center East, Davenport, after a brief illness.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 1303. Visitation for Bernie will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Bernie’s name to either St. Malachy School or the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
Bernie was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Granville, Ill., the son of Antone and Mary Lesar Steiner. He graduated from United Township High School, East Moline, and St. Ambrose University, Davenport, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bernie served our country at the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. He served until 1946 and then was enlisted in the Reserves and served our country again during the Korean War. Bernie was united in marriage to Patricia Dralle on May 15, 1954, in East Moline.
He had been an independent insurance broker in Geneseo as well as a real estate agent for 40 years, retiring in 2010, a career he truly loved and was very accomplished at. He was a 60-year member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he was an usher for 30 years, and was a trustee on the Church Council. He was a faithful Catholic and never missed Mass, except once while serving in the military. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge, He was one of the original St. Malachy school board members when the school was founded. Bernie was a very avid golfer and a 50-year member of Short Hills Country Club in East Moline. He attended every John Deere Classic Tournament since its beginning 48 years ago and was fortunate enough to have golfed across the country at some of the finest golf courses.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; daughters, Melissa Steiner, Denver, Colo., Polly (Kelly) Sherbeyn, Geneseo; grandchildren, Kurt Jensen, Bernard Sherbeyn and Paxton Sherbeyn; sisters, Beverly Hart Hemphill, RioVerde, Ariz., and Patricia (James) Weir, Moline.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tony, Joseph and Victor; sisters, Marie Bowling and Margaret Ossian.
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