Lorraine T. Berning, age 91, passed away at home on Sunday, October 14, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born on October 21, 1926 in Chicago, IL. and was the daughter of Stanley and Victoria Patula. Lorraine married Harley W. Berning on July 24, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA and they settled in Torrance where she lived in the same house for 67 years. He preceded her in death on October 7, 1989. She worked at Bishop Montgomery H.S. in Torrance, CA. for 15 years and Little Co. of Mary Hospital for 20 years. Lorraine volunteered at LCMH after she retired and also worked at polling sites during the elections. She enjoyed cooking especially tons of cookies at Christmas. She loved the Los Angeles Dodgers and would root from her seat at the ball park to her chair in the living room. She is survived by 2 daughters, Marilyn (Wayne) Klasson of Lakewood, CA. Christine (Mark) Klasson of Torrance, CA. 2 grandchildren, Justin (Cindy) Klasson of Seal Beach, CA, Mark C. Klasson of Torrance, CA and 1 grandchild, Jacob, of Seal Beach, CA. 1 sister-in-law, Joan Patula, of La Mesa, CA and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, Frank, Charles, Chester, Raymond and Jim Patula and 3 sisters Stephanie Patula, Julia Laumann and Sr. Leopaldine. Services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

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  1. Marilyn and Chris
    The Durham’s want to let you know that we were so saddened to hear that Mrs B. has left us.
    I, Mary Lou have nothing but wonderful fond memories of your mom. We were good friends and have kept in touch since high school…. I kept her laughing in the office at Bishop Montgomery where I worked with her for years during my high school days along with Mrs Cutis and Mrs. Molina. What great memories.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    God Bless
    The Durham Family

  2. Lorraine was a great MIL. I’ii miss her. We had a lot of laughs and good times.I can’t wait to tease her again when we meet again.

  3. My mom was the BEST. She was the Room Mother in my sister and I classes at Nativity and involved in the Mothers Club and Altar Society. She was in charge of the paper drives that brought in tons of money to buy things for the school. When we graduated and went to Bishop Montgomery she help with a huge Fiesta. That helped pave the way for getting a job as the registrar in the front office which she kept for 15 yrs. She wanted a change so she took a job at Little Company of Mary Hospital also as a registrar when coming in for surgery.
    She made tons of friends and they would always stop and say “Hi, Mrs. B”. She would go out of her way to visit sick people just so they wouldn’t feel alone. She’d give you the shirt off her back if you needed something. Even after retiring from LCMH she would take the bus early in the morning to volunteer in the out patient department. She also volunteered at polling sites on Election Day. She was always busy. She loved watching Days Of Our Lives and Dancing With The Stars. Her big thrill was attending Dodger games. She would yell “Hit a homer” and most of the time it would happen. I could go on forever all my mom did during here long life.
    It’s very difficult knowing she isn’t here anymore but I like to think she is safe now and enjoying all her family and friends again. I know she’s preparing a new home for us on the other side and is watching to make sure we enjoy our time left on this afternoon earth. Love you forever Mom!!!

  4. I remember your beautiful Mother from school as well as my 5 years I spent working at LCM. You all were So blessed to have her for so long… but it’s never quite long enough…
    Mary Kate (Kestle) Lancaster

  5. RIP Lorraine Berning. I remember her fondly during my student days at Bishop Montgomery and met up with her again where she volunteered at Little Company of Mary Hospital. She was also well known among the members of my Conventual Franciscan community who taught at BMHS for many years.

  6. Lorraine Is a remarkable strikingly beautiful & loving woman even at 91 she cared for everyone and was always there. Remember people’s Birthdays and was always in prayer for our spiritual needs. He always remembered everyone, made cookies and candies on birthdays and celebrations. She would always call me on my birthday because it was close to hers and when I was ill. She was a wonderful comedian. Made jokes and a wonderful sense of life. What I want we should remember her caring for other people. With everyone about relatives in heaven. It will be more fun. Thank you for your loving advice. And remember me on my birthday the day after yours. Thank you for your prayers for my health. I offer my condolences to Marilyn Wayne Mark continued love to everyone in the family she will definitely be missed. Love to everyone never forget Lorraine strength.of character and Joy.
    PS I say is because Lorraine spirit will never die will be presence in our memories as long as we choose to remember her spirit and tenacity

  7. She was a friendly face and a wonderful woman when I was a teen at BMHS. I remember her each time going into the front office for a tardy slip, tuition payment, class schedule, etc. Blessings for all your years of service and assisting the young people of Bishop Montgomery. God Speed.

  8. Happy Birthday to my aunt and Godmother who is now celebrating with Harley, her husband and eight brothers and sisters! We will miss your calls and birthday cards, your smile, quick wit, and dedication to family. You will always be in our memories.
    Love, Bev and John

  9. I was so sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. She was a real trooper. I taught at Bishop Montgomery HS for over ten years … and Lorraine was always a happy face in the office every morning. She always had a joke for Fr. Albert and me every morning as we went off to class. And I remember her too as a patient at Little Co. of Mary Hospital in Torrance. She was always there … and for others. Bless her. Eternal rest. Sympathies to all in the family. Peace, — Fr. Ron Olson, OFM Conv.

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