Frank Berne was born to Charles and Pauline Bernstein in the Bronx, New York. He was trained as a machinist, and after working in the Brooklyn Shipyard, was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943. He was proud of his service on the U.S.S. Midas during WW II, including combat in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
After the war, Frank lived for a time in Los Angeles, then returned to New York, where he met his future wife, Leatrice (Lee), on a blind date set up by their sisters. Before long, they were married, and soon they followed her family to Portland, Oregon as they started their own new family. Frank began repairing and selling appliances and furniture, and was a successful salesman for over half a century.
Frank’s greatest pleasures in life were his friends and his family. He bowled with the Ramblers Club, and played bridge with the bridge club for decades. His and Lee’s greatest friends were Hy and Lilly Evans, with whom they played bridge every Wednesday and Saturday night for over 40 years! Their friendship was one for the ages, and a shining example to all who knew them. Frank also enjoyed golfing, shooting craps, and regular trips over the years to Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Gearhart. He could fix anything, and frequently did, although the finished product was not always a work of art. He enjoyed working in his garage and yard, and especially adored being with the babies and kids after his grandchildren began arriving. He loved bringing home “thirty-dollar items” from the stores he owned or worked in. But his greatest love of all was Lee, to whom he was married for 65 years. As she said when they recently celebrated their 65th anniversary, “we’re still trying it out.” It was indeed a success, in every sense of the word.
Frank is survived by his wife Lee; his sons Rick (Audrey), Steve (Peggy), Keith (Rosie), and Craig (Jan); fifteen grandchildren and spouses; eight great-grandchildren (with two more on the way); and loving nieces, nephews, and a whole lot of people who felt he was their second dad. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and four sisters.
The funeral will be Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Landau Chapel at the Beth Israel Cemetery, 426 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road, Portland, Oregon, with Rabbi Joshua Rose presiding. Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Shaarie Torah, Congregation Beth Israel, or the Rose Schnitzer Manor.
To quote Frank, “end of conversation.”
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Beth Israel Cemetery
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