Bernard's Story

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86, passed away July 20 in Huntington Beach, CA. Born February 24, 1931 to Bernard and Olive Lorene (Varner) Gramling, he grew up in Gramlingtown, PA. A graduate of the former Adams Township High School, Bernie was a Navy aviation electronics technician airman and served in the Korean War. As an airman, he received many medals: Good Conduct; National Defense Service; Air Medal, second award; United Nations Service Medal; Korean Service Medal with K-9 Engagement Star. Ironically, Bernie joined the Navy because he didn't want to fly. After discharge from the Navy, he worked for Bethlehem Steel while attending the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with a degree in Education. St. Michael Elementary School was where he began his teaching career, a school that both he and his mother attended. Additionally, he taught his younger brother, Gary, when Gary attended the school. Bernie and the former Clara Jean Varner of South Fork wed in Florida; his death ending a very happy union of 66 years. In 1962, Bernie and Clara Jean, with their children, moved to Long Beach, CA where Bernie accepted a teaching position at Catskill Avenue Elementary in Carson, CA. He taught there until his retirement, 31 years later. Bernie especially enjoyed tinkering with electronics, listening to music, reading, history, traveling, genealogy research, and spending time with family and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents and a younger brother, Rodger. His survivors include his wife; twin daughters, Karen Diane Hasselman and Sharon Ann Gramling; son, Roger, all of Long Beach, CA; son, Gary Lee Gramling, Seal Beach, CA; brother, Gary Gene Gramling and wife Donna (Gallardy) of Summerhill, PA. Additionally, he is survived by grandchildren, Bill and John Hasselman and Patricia Rose, their spouses, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, several nieces, nephews, and other cherished relatives. A future memorial service for the internment of his ashes will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, South Fork, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toward finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Published on July 28, 2017
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