Audrey Joan (Merritt) Bernhardt
Audrey Joan Bernhardt, age, 78, of rural Shiloh, died Monday, June 21, 2010 at Triumph Hospital in Mansfield.
One of ten siblings, Audrey was born July 5, 1931 in Athens County, Ohio to the late James and Elsie (Glaze) Merritt. She married John Bernhardt of Mansfield in July of 1951. John and Audrey lived their entire married life in the Shiloh area.
Audrey loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed painting, reading, and working puzzles and board games. As a younger woman, she took pleasure in gardening, fishing and vacationing in Pike County, Ohio. Even though Audrey and John did not attend church regularly, the Rome Community Church was a cornerstone for the Bernhardt girls as they were growing up. Audrey struggled with health issues for several years. But, God is good and through the Lord Jesus Christ she is alive and in His presence!
Audrey was blessed with a wonderful family. Surviving are seven daughters: Brenda Taylor of Cambridge, Linda and Bill Hale of Plymouth, Sondra and George McKean of Shelby, Jonetta and Jeff Tinklepaugh of Columbus, Cheryl and Calvin Lee of LaRue, Deanna and Terry Sweitzer of Oceola, and Audrey Black of Shelby; 33 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren and 1 expected great great grandchild in September. Also surviving is her youngest brother, Dale Merritt of Washington Court House and a host of nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband: John Bernhardt in 2002 and by 2 grandchildren: Terry Lee Pyers and Rachael L. McKean.
Friends may call on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:30 AM. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh.
If you want to see Audrey again, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31). Simply pray: Lord Jesus, I know I’m a sinner; I believe you died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and be my Savior. Amen.
Audrey was a very generous woman; In lieu of flowers, please make memorial expressions to: Jodi Vanderpool Cancer Fund, 64 Taft Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or to Smile Train, PO Box 96231 Washington, DC 20090-6231. On-line condolences may be made at