Leonora "Norie" C. Bernath

January 29, 1937 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 83)


Leonora “Norie” C. Bernath, of Marshall, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Best Care East of Marshall, where she resided for the past 3 ½ years. She was born in Pulaski, MI on January 29, 1937, the daughter of the late Leon Traves and Catherine (Harding) Traves. On July 29, 1961, she married Douglas E. Bernath in Concord. The couple moved to the Marshall area in the mid 1960's. Norie loved to go camping and was a member of the Rainbow Chasers and the Cheerful Campers camping clubs. She was also a member of the Wrongway Thars square dance club. She is survived by daughters, Anna (Doug) Vahs, Cindy (Chris) Weimer, Brenda (Ron) Brininstool, and Ellen (Eric) Shepherd; grandchildren, Justin Hakes, Emily Vahs, and Adam Weimer; step-grandchildren, Brittnie Preston and Brandon Faurot; sisters, Margie Densmore and Gerri Hergert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas E. Bernath; her grandson, Heath Bernath Faurot; her sister, Betty Jarrell. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068. Leonora will be interred in Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be given to Oaklawn Hospice,, please specify Oaklawn Hospice in the comments for on line donations.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank those who served as pallbearers for Leonora: Doug Vahs, Chris Weimer, Adam Weimer, Mike Mosher, Justin Hakes, and  Eric Shepherd.


**Due to Covid-19 the funeral service was private. A recording of the service has been uploaded at  for friends to view and express their sympathy to the family.


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March 20, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

Private Interment

Private Service

Video is available for this event


Oaklawn Home Care and Hospice
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