Allen W. Bernard

Allen W. Bernard, 76, of Brookfield, IL, passed away on November 15th. He is preceded in death by his parents, William J. Bernard and Helen (Krabec) Bernard, and his former wife, Linda.

Allen (Al) is the beloved father of Wendy (Steve) Dressel; grandfather of Jason Dressel and Eric Dressel; brother of Dale (Marianne) Bernard; uncle of Eric (Heather) Bernard and Michelle (Dwight) Williams.

Above all, Al loved his grandsons and enjoyed watching their childhood sporting events and traveling with them on many family vacations to Disney World. He also loved attending their school music programs and enjoyed volunteering at school fundraising events.

As a retired small business owner, Al enjoyed spending his time at the Brookfield Zoo, reading WW II books, walking his dog (Pepper) and volunteering at the Boys’ Club of Cicero, where he was a charter member in 1950, and was honored as Boy of the Year (1959-60). Al remained active as a volunteer at the Boys’ Club, primarily as a basketball referee and game room supervisor,throughout his entire life. He extended his commitment to the Boys’ Club community by also serving as a United Way Ambassador for many years.

Al also dedicated much of his time to volunteer activities in the community as a member of the Cicero-Berwyn Elks Lodge. He chaired the Holiday Food Drive for 10 years, volunteered in the Easter Bunny program, and also chaired the local Children’s Care program. For his hard work and dedication, he at one time earned the honor of Elk of the Year. Additionally, Al participated in fund raising events for the Kiwanis & Lions Clubs, volunteered for Judy Baar Topinka’s political campaign, and was a member of Cicero’s Special Events Committee.

Al was a veteran of the Illinois National Guard.

There will be no services per Al’s request. Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman
Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513.
Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

The family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support – and especially for keeping Al in their thoughts and prayers. His kindness and generosity touched many lives, especially those of children, and he will be greatly missed.

At Al’s and his family’s request please send memorial contributions to the Boys’ Club of Cicero, 5500 West 25th Street, Cicero, IL 60804.

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  1. Gabriel Rodriguez Jr and family condolence:

    Rest in peace and may your family be comforted by Gods eternal Love and humblenes.


  2. Eric Power and Family condolence:

    Our family (Lauren, Pat, Emily) has so many fond memories of “Grandpa” Al. We will cherish the trips to the many museums, zoos, and restaurants he loved. Our love and condolences go to his friends and family.


  3. Emily Power and family condolence:

    Wendy, Steve, Jason and (Little) Eric, we are heart broken to hear of Al’s passing. He was such a sweet,funny and generous man. He drove down to Indy, by himself,for (Big) Eric’s high school graduation a few years ago. That was the type of man he was. He treated my kids and me like family. I always felt like we had a Chicago “grandpa” who spoiled and delighted us with all the places and history he shared about his city. He loved showing interesting things to kids and taught them so much along the way. Al loved his family, people, trains and his city. He was a treasure and will be missed by us. Our love to you all. ❤️


  4. Denise & Charlie Marks condolence:

    We were so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He will be remembered in our family for his rice pudding that Mom loved, as well as being such a nice person.
    Our sympathy to your family.


  5. Matthew, Debbie & Mike Hermann condolence:

    We had the pleasure of spending some time with “Grndpa Al” at Disney last year- he was a kind man with a great sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers go to Eric, Jason, Wendy and Steve to infinity and beyond…..
    Fondly, the Hermanns


  6. LoCascio Family condolence:

    Wendy, Steve, Jason and Eric- our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of such a special man. He was always so giving, friendly, kind and happy. He gave his time freely to all he met. He made my boys feel like they were family. He included Alec and Derrik in fun outings with Jason and Eric which created lifelong memories for all. He was a positive role model and who touched the hearts of so many. He’ll remain in our thoughts, memories and prayers. We were lucky to have him in our lives.


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