MARION — Charles Bernardoni died Dec. 1, 2017, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
He was born Jan. 12, 1931, in West Frankfort, Illinois, a son of Italian immigrants Carlo and Annunciata Bernardoni.
Charles married Joan Zeboski of West Frankfort on Nov. 11, 1954. They lived in West Frankfort from November 1954 until July 1961, moving to Carbondale, Illinois in July 1961 and finally to Marion, Illinois in June 1980 to present.
Charles graduated from FCHS in 1948 and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, graduating in 1958 with a B.S. degree in accounting.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and served in the Korean War. In Korea, he was stationed in the Pacific Far East Command – Korea, Okinawa and Japan for 17 months with the combat engineers and Quartermasters Corps. In January 1954, he received an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal.
His civilian career started early as a young man working in the family business, Big Charlie’s Bar and Restaurant in West Frankfort. From June 1958 to May 1960, Charles was employed by Bracy Food Store Corporation as an accountant and also attended SIU Graduate School. From 1961 to 1996, he was employed by Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses serving in several administrative positions including internal auditor, assistant chancellor, assistant treasurer, university controller, director of general accounting, financial director of sponsored research and projects, and bursar.
First retiring in February 1996 after 35 years of service, Charles returned to SIU employment on a part time appointment from April 1, 1996, through July 31, 1999. During his career at the university, he also spent some time as SIU Foundation treasurer and as a guest lecturer in the College of Higher Education. During his professional tenure, Charles also worked as a private consultant for Research Associated of America, and the National Service Foundation and College and University Business Administrative Committee on Governmental Relations.
His memberships included St. John’s Catholic Church and the Italian Liberty Lodge both in West Frankfort. He was an Honorary Life Member of Knights of Columbus and a member and past Grand Knight of the Marion KC Council 6210 and Honorary 4th degree member of Williamson County Assembly 2212 in Marion.
Charles is survived by his wife, Joan of Marion; son, Michael (Kimberly) Bernardoni of Carterville; daughter, Denise (T.J.) Rutherford of Carterville; daughter, Anna (Greg) Wright of Marion; son, Joseph Bernardoni of Marion; son, Jonathan (Racheal) Bernardoni of Marion; grandchildren, Courtney (Derek) Cravens, Brandon (Pamela) Wright, Callie (Greg) Aarons, Brianna (Josh) Kahle, Cody Bernardoni and Tyler Bernardoni; great-grandchildren, Avery and Anniston Cravens, Daphne Aarons and Henry Kahle; niece, Debbie Bernardoni; niece, Carla Bernardoni; great-nephew, Larry Allen (Stephanie) Bernardoni; great-great nephews, Chase Allen and Eli Bernardoni.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank; nephew, Larry Bernardoni; sister-in-law, Juanita Lewis.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in St. John’s Catholic Church, West Frankfort, with the Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Union Funeral Home, West Frankfort. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 1961 of Orient, VFW Post 5764 of West Frankfort, Honor Guard of Marion and Zeigler Post 177.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic School in West Frankfort. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.unionfh.com.