Bernath, Reta

Reta L. Bernath, 91, of Waldron, Mich., died June 29, 2009, at Hillsdale County Medical Facility.

She was born Nov. 29, 1917, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of John and Alma (Zimmerman) Joughin. She married Wayne Bernath on June 25, 1936, and he preceded her in death May 5, 2000.

Reta was a lifelong Waldron area resident. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and dearly loved her children and grandchildren.

Reta is survived by four sons, Loyal  (and Diane) Bernath of Petal, Miss., Leland (and Mariam) Bernath of Urbandale, Iowa, Larry (and Judy) Bernath of Waldron and Leo (and Patricia) Bernath, of Montpelier, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Reta was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ellen Jean Joughin and Ruth Rupp; six brothers, Earl, Vern, Bert, Frank, Richard and Paul Joughin; and one great-grandson, Brandon Kramer.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Pastor Kim Repp officiating. Interment will follow in Waldron Cemetery.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Waldron Public Library, Waldron Fire and Rescue or Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility.