Urbain N. Bernier, 89, of Irons, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at Metron of Cedar Springs with his beloved wife Theresa by his side. Urbain was born on March 24, 1921 in East Hampton, Massachusetts to Albert and Blanche (Sorel) Bernier, and moved to Detroit with his family when he was two. He served his country as a Radar Operator during World War II with the Army Air Corps, stationed in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his discharge, he returned home and married the love of his life, Theresa Long on May 25, 1946 in Detroit. They have celebrated 64 years together. Urbain worked for the New York Central Railroad as a yard clerk for 44 years, and also operated a few side businesses like making pallets in his basement; driving a dump truck to haul banana stalks from the docks at Eastern Market; and working on the loading docks for McCoit Cartage Trucking
Urbain was a member of the Moose Lodge in Lincoln Park, and following his retirement, he and Theresa moved to their home in Irons, where they were members of St. Bernard Catholic Church, and he became a member of the Peacock VFW Post in Baldwin. Along with Theresa, Urbain will be greatly missed by his daughter, Carol Kasparek and her husband Anthony of Cedar Springs; his son, Urbain Bernier Jr. and his wife Linda of Taylor; his grandchildren, Kurt (Karen) Kasparek, Nicole (Todd) Weller, Jennifer (Nathan) Levandowski, and Destinee Bernier; his great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Jordan, Dylan, Danielle, Katie, Brian, and Jacob; his brother, Edward Bernier of Detroit; his sister-in-law, Helen (Frank ) Gutowsky of Irons; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Arthur, Honorious, and Victor Bernier; and his sisters, Jeanette Loucks, and Marie Blanche LaPorte.