Berndsen, Gerard H. “Gerry” , b. Feb 5, 1922. Passed away in his own home of over 50 years on April 14, 2018. Preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Lorraine (nee Carey) to whom he was unceasingly devoted; parents Herman and Mary; sisters Dorothy, Adele Jacoby and Rosemary Clerk and brother Herbert. Beloved and adored by nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors too numerous to name. Born and raised in Webster Groves. Gerry was a proud and patriotic C-47 pilot during WWII, flying 19 combat missions in Europe and participating in 7 major airborne missions, including Operation Market Garden, dropping paratroopers at Normandy on D-Day and supplies at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Air Medal on 4 occasions along with various unit citations. After returning home from war, Gerry graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he also took his first two years of medical school graduating with distinction and being awarded the Kellogg Foundation Scholarship for academic excellence. He completed his final two years of medical school at Washington University. Gerry was an original member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital medical staff at its opening in 1954, and served several years on the medical executive committee and the Board of Trustees and was elected President of the Medical Staff in 1973. Gerry was also a member of the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital and Missouri Baptist Hospital. Gerry retired from a distinguished medical career as a family practitioner in 1987. Gerry was a successful tournament bridge player in the 1960s and 1970s, a Life Master and the 1970 Player of the Year for the St. Louis division of the American Contract Bridge League. Gerry was a gifted letter writer, mandolin player and wood-carving artist. Gerry’s wit, intellect, creativity, mischievous personality, warmth and steadfast character will be missed by all who shared the gift of his life.
Memorial service Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., 63122, Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 10:00 am, followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks. Visitation will be Thursday, 9:00 am until time of service.