Bernadette David

Bernadette Renee David (Dohner)

Thursday, September 19th, 1963 - Saturday, November 7th, 2020
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Bernadette Renee David was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1963. She passed away suddenly on November 7, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with leukemia with her husband and sister both by her side. She will always be remembered by the love she had for her family. She was born to be a mom, grandma, auntie and sister. Taking care of people came naturally to her and she always put others first — she was selfless to the very end.

She married the love of her life, Tom David Sr. at just 18 years old. Together they raised three children, Tom David Jr. (Chris Doyen), Brandon David, Amanda Herman (Keith, Gwen and Jack). Bernadette loved her grandchildren, who called her Bama, more than anything. Gwen could do nothing wrong in Bama’s eyes and Jacky was always called her sweet boy. They enjoyed traveling together as a family — her favorite trip being the one they all took to Cedar Point.

She is also survived by her father Harry William Dohner, her mother Gloria Carolina Dohner, her brother William Dohner (Valerie), niece and nephews Nikki, Ethan, Liam and Reid Dohner and her sister Natalie Siebenmark (Thomas), and nephews Ryne (Alecia and Ryne Jr.) and Nathan Siebenmark.

She worked extremely hard throughout her career as a retail manager, employing many people throughout the community, some who followed her from storefront to storefront because she was such a wonderful manager. Her biggest career accomplishment was opening up the new Bath and Body Works in Benton Harbor and cutting the ribbon.

She loved spending her days lounging by the pool. You never saw her without her beloved dog, Steve, by her side. The door was always open to friends and family. Bernadette’s family says, “If we knew you and we liked you, we loved you — and that was because of our mom.” She made everyone feel like family.

She was one of a kind and one of the kindest people you will ever know. She taught her children to appreciate the finer things in life. Her outlook on life was, “Life’s too short, always call your liquor and tip 20%.”

She was fabulous and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Bernadette's life will be scheduled for the near future.
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Angela Smith

Posted at 07:44pm
Recently learning this is just so sad to hear about.. I met Bernadette when I became the the salon manager at Ulta. We became friends and that continued after we both parted Ulta. I did her hair over the years, the last time during lock down at her house before her diagnosis.. of course Tom too.. I had the pleasure of meeting Steve, that small dog she thought she’d adopted. Well you all know, Steve is not small lol.. I learned professionally from Bern, and felt the love of being a part of her life. You will be greatly missed lady.. my thoughts are with you all as you navigate life differently now.. hugs Angela

Laura Zmyslo

Posted at 04:24pm
Our deepest sympathy for your great loss. Bernadette was so full of joy and kindness. Praying that the light of her love and sweet memories will shine upon your breaking hearts. The Zmyslo Family

Shirley Jean Durden

Posted at 10:46pm
I worked with her at Cracker Barrel, very sorry for your loss. prayers from the Durden family.

Diana Davis

Posted at 07:28pm
Tom, Natalie, Tom, Brandon and Amanda, I am so sorry to learn of Bernadette’s passing. I will remember her infectious laugh, her sense of humor, and her ability to see and bring out the good in everyone. I loved coaching with her!

LuAnn Brooks

Posted at 06:31pm
I am so sorry to hear of Bernadette’s passing. I will miss her every present smile and infectious laugh! Met here through sports at Lakeshore. I especially remember our many shared memories of varsity tennis. She and Tom were always there cheering Amanda to victory. She was so proud of all her kids! We always caught up when I shopped at Bath and Body Works. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

LuAnn Brooks and family

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