Bernard “Bernie” Klonoff
Mar. 15, 1921 – Jan. 19, 2017
After a rich and full 95-year life, Bernard (“Bernie”) Klonoff passed away peacefully. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he was an accomplished pharmacist who, for many years, owned and operated the Beaumont Pharmacy in Northeast Portland. For many people in that neighborhood, he was like a second doctor, someone who listened with compassion. Today, pharmacy has become a business rather than a profession. Bernie represented the best of the profession when its essential feature was communicating with people, not just filling prescriptions. He was always proud of his accomplishments as a pharmacist, and always loyal to the school where he received his training — Oregon State University.
Bernie’s main accomplishments, however, involve his interactions outside of work. Bernie had nothing but love for everyone he met. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone, didn’t hold grudges, and was an inspiration to everyone who met him. Family, friends, caretakers, and others who interacted with him discovered a rare human being — one who always exuded love, kindness, and empathy. Everyone bonded with him, with many adopting him as a surrogate father or grandfather.
Bernie’s top priority in life was his family. His wife Charlotte Klonoff, his partner for more than 65 years, was the joy of his life. They were rarely apart, and they could finish each other’s sentences. One often hears about the large number of divorces and unhappy marriages, but the union that Bernie and Charlotte shared was a testament to the institution.
Bernie deeply loved his two children, Liz Klonoff and Robert Klonoff, and would brag to everyone who would listen about his doctor and lawyer. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his children and grandchildren (Joshua Klonoff, Emily Fouser and Olivia Fouser) – at home, on trips, at restaurants, the venue didn’t matter. He also deeply loved his daughter-in-law, Heidi Klonoff, and looked to her as a third child. And he regularly spoke with his beloved siblings, his brother Jerry Klonoff and his sister Fae Melmon. (His sister Dorothy Hytowitz predeceased him.) Bernie also made himself beloved to Charlotte’s enormous family.
If the Dalai Lama is right that the ultimate goal of a good life is practicing kindness, then Bernie’s life has been, without question, an unqualified success.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at Temple Beth Israel Cemetery, 426 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97219. Remembrances in his name can be made to the National Hospice Foundation, 1731 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, or online at www.nhpco.org.
Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Landau Chapel at Beth Israel Cemetery
Services for Bernie will be held at Noon on Monday, January 23, 2017 in Landau Chapel at Beth Israel Cemetery. Committal to follow in Beth Israel Cemetery.
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