5/29/1922 – 5/13/2012
Bernard M. Williams, age 89, of Stanton, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids. He was born in Entrican on May 29, 1922, the son of George & Anna (Jury) Williams.
On June 29, 1947, Bernie was married to the former Donna J. Todd in Stanton and she survives in addition to their children, Jeana & Jeff Campbell of Hope, Indiana, Jane & Bruce Symczak of Edmond, Oklahoma, John & Anne Williams of Paonia, Colorado, 3 grandchildren, Sara Campbell of Seattle, Washington, Alex and Michelle Symczak, both of Edmond, Oklahoma, 1 sister, Jeanette Beckett of Grand Rapids, 1 brother, Bill & Carol Williams of Jenison and several nieces and nephews.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Hulda Henry and a brother, Darryll Williams.
Bernie has been a lifelong resident of the Stanton area, he was a US Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, a member of the CBI – China, Burma & India Theater of War as well a member of the First Congregational Church of Stanton, Stanton Masonic Lodge, Crescent Chapter #47 O.E.S., Scottish Rite of the Shrine and a past president of the Stanton Rotary. For many years, Bernie owned and operated Bernie’s Hardware in Stanton and also worked for many years at Central Montcalm Public Schools.
Funeral services beginning at 11:00 A.M. will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the First Congregational Church, Stanton, with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 17th from 2:30 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 until 8:30 PM at the Simpson Family Funeral Home, 518 N. Camburn Street, Stanton.
On 5/14/2012 Steve & Mary Williams said:
Jeana & Jeff, Jane & Bruce, John & Anne. Our condolences go out to you on the loss of your father. Growing up as Williams we were fortunate to have Bernie as an uncle. When he saw you his eyes would light up and then came his great smile! He always had a kind word to say to you and wanted to know what you were doing. And his laugh, what a great laugh. It was unique, not loud, not quite but soft & kind and full of compassion. I will always remember his smile,laugh and kind words. May he peacefully rest in the arms of Jesus.
On 5/15/2012 Lyn Wilmore said:
I am so sorry to hear about Bernie. My prayers are with you family at this time. Please know that I am thinking of you. Lyn
On 5/15/2012 Michelle Damaska Miller said:
My condolences to Donna and the family. Bernie was such a nice man. I have memories of him from church, from when he was custodian when I was in middle school and from work. He will be greatly missed.
On 5/15/2012 Amy Packer-Schreiner said:
Donna & Family, you are all in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Bernie was like a Grandpa to us 3 Packer girls; he drove us to school every day for many years, with a smile on his face & love in his heart. Bernie will be sadly missed by all he touched. I am blessed to have known this Wonderful Man, not only as a child but also as an adult to still see him in Church ? Love & Blessings Amy Packer-Schreiner
On 5/15/2012 Ade Baumgardner said:
Family of Bernie: So sorry to hear of the passing of Bernie. I knew and worked with him for many years at Central Montcalm and I always enjoyed his positive and happy personality. He thought a great deal of you Donna and the kids. He will be remembered by me as a good man. Ade
On 5/15/2012 Shelley Packer-Petersen said:
Bernie will be missed as he touched the lives of so many. He started at my bus driver at the age of 5 and continued to be an important part of my life. Always there with a hug, to help heal the pain over the past couple years after losing my grandparents. I’ll miss his smile and hugs! My thoughts and prayers go to all of you in your time of loss of an amazing man!!
On 5/15/2012 Jody, Sydney and Taylor Hedrick said:
Dear Donna and Family — Oh, how we’ll miss Bernie’s smile and twinkle in his eye. He was always a bright light in our day and we will truly miss him. Thankfully, we have the assurance of seeing him again! We have been truly blessed to know him. Jody, Sydney and Taylor
On 5/15/2012 Hansen Vision Center said:
Donna and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Bernard’s passing. He has been a patient of ours since July of 2007 and will be greatly missed. Please know you are being thought of during this difficult time. Dr. Rocky Hansen, Dr. Anne Pfeffer and Staff
On 5/15/2012 Jim Whitmer said:
To the Bernie Williams Family: I am saddened by the passing of Bernie. He was a very gentle man. One of my favorite memories occurred in 1974 just after the Central Montcalm Middle School opened. Bernie and I were entering the building and found a Rattle Snake also trying to enter. Bernie politely prevented that to happen and disposed of the snake. We laughed that maybe it needed an education. Bernie and I for years would laugh about that incident. May his soul rest in peace. Jim Whitmer
On 5/15/2012 Mardie & Peggy Todd Stroud said:
Aunt Donna & Family, We are so sory to hear of your loss. Todd family get-to-gathers will never be the same without Uncle Bernie. At the drop of a hat, you two were always there, regardless of city or state. Anne Marie & Family also send their thoughts, prayers and lots of love.
On 5/15/2012 Carl & Barb Rios said:
Deepest sympathy to all of Bernie’s family. He was truly a very compassionate man, very caring and giving. He will be missed by all who knew him. I will miss his smile and hugs! Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
On 5/16/2012 Carl and Gail (Weissert) Sheneman said:
Dear Donna, Jane, and John, We were so sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. Such a nice man. You were lucky to have him as a husband and father. He will really be missed. Maybe we will see you at the visitation. Love, Gail and new husband, Carl.
On 5/16/2012 Mary Alice said:
Don and I have lost a great friend. Donna we love you and will be there when you need us. We know how you and the children and Grand children will miss him.
On 5/17/2012 Gary and Phyllis Shilling said:
Our Condolence goes out to his whole family, Bernie,was such a treasure to this community,I was honored to see him once a week for 13 years as a Rotary member,he was always a wonderful person, who always has positive kind words to say…he will be missed, I guess God, has finally made a place for another one of his angels!! Prayers go out to his Lovely wife Donna and Family!!