Bernice
Bernice C. Scarpiello Passed away Friday, September 30, 2005 peacefully with her family and close friends at her side. She was born on May 20, 1923 in Shenadaoh, PA. Bernice was trained as a lab technician and worked for several companies including Country General Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle, WA. She lived in Palos Verdes Estates since 1955 where she raised 3 children as a loving and caring mother. With 3 children under the age of 11, she was suddenly widowed when her husband, First Officer, Michael Barna, Jr. was killed in a catastrophic aircraft accident while piloting an American Airlines Boeing 707 with 99 people on board from LaGuardia, NY in 1962. Three years later she remarried Anthony D. Scarpiello and accepted an additional 5 children into her loving home. Growing up, Bernice's family was strongly Roman Catholic with 2 of her siblings entering religious service. Her brother, Father Joseph Rapczynski and her sister, Sister Cherubim has offered a lifetime of service to the Lord. An active volunteer at Little Company Of Mary Hospital in Torrance and Little Sisters of the Poor in San Pedro, Bernice was well known and loved by all the staff and patients. Bernice loved crochet, painting, doll making, traveling and spending time with her family. She is survived by her sister, Sister Cherubim of Mount Nazareth in Philadelphia, PA; Victoria Melzer of Olivenhain, CA; Michael Lee Barna of Los Gatos, CA; Stephanie Marie Barnes of Palos Verdes Estates, CA; and 3 grandchildren. Vigil service will be Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 7PM at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 11AM at Holy Cross Cemetery, Holy Redeemer Chapel. Family and friends are encouraged to send donations to either: The Development Office, i/c/o Sister Cherubim, Mt Nazareth, 2755 Holme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, MA 01202

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