Bernadine Mary Jarzab

Bernadine Mary Jarzab, 72, of Wheaton, IL passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2013 in Kansas City. A memorial mass will be held this summer.

She retired from the College of DuPage after 13 years of service in 2008. After retirement she enjoyed traveling to Poland along with her passions of walking, hiking, being out-of-doors, mountain climbing in Colorado and vacationing with her family at Lake Geneva. After her three granddaughters were born, they became the center of her life.

Bernadine is survived by son, Frank Partipilo, Englewood, CO; daughters, Stefanie (Jeffrey) Wozniak of Lee’s Summit, MO, Dina (Eric) Hanford of St. Louis, MO and granddaughters, Samantha, Nicole and Lauren. She is also survived by her two cousins who were like sisters to her, Arlene Zimmerman of Wheaton, IL  and Nancy Michalski of Glendale Hights, IL and their families; brother, Edward Jarzab of Phoenix, AZ and many other beloved family and friends.


  1. Barbara Mais on April 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I knew Bernie in high school-we were 2 of 5 girls who hung out and had great times. I was in her wedding & tried to keep in touch tho I haven’t seen her since 1990. I considered her one of my best friends. Sympathy to the family I just found out about this from 1 of the other 5.

  2. Kay Lampe on September 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Stephanie, Frank and Dina, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your families. Bernie and I were part of group of four friends who worked at Hines Hospital. Later we continued to be family friends and spend many good times with you and your parents. The years and distance took their toll on our contact. Mary Lou saw your Aunt Carm and learned of your Mother’s passing. My prayers are with you.

  3. Andrea Urban on June 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I was very sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing.

    I worked with Bernie at COD while working in the Assessment and Testing Office. She was always so upbeat and enthusiastic with a quick smile, always taking time to say a warm hello.

    I hope that your family finds comfort and peace during this sad and difficult time.

  4. CAROLE CADA on May 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Bernie, may you rest in peace. My sympathies to your family. We knew each other at ST. MARK, in Wheaton.

    Carole Cada

  5. Sue Hartman on March 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I met Bernie at the College of DuPage when she was working in the Field and Interdisciplinary Studies office. I saw her on a daily basis once she moved to Assessment and Testing which was just below the Center for Independent Learning. She and I enjoyed talking about her cats as well as our families. When my granddaughter was born, she gave me a picture frame which I have treasured. I gave her a picture frame when she retired so that she could display pictures of her family. One year on our anniversary, she surprised us by making chocolate mousse for us which she brought to the office in demitasse cups. She was a very good friend and will be missed. I want you her family to know how much she loved each and everyone of you. I hope this will bring you comfort.


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  7. Rosemary Hahn on March 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Dina, Eric and Family,
    I was sorry to hear of your mother’s sudden passing. My sympathies to your entire family.
    Rosemary Hahn
    Hinsdale South High School

  8. Alice Snelgrove on March 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Bernie gave us humor, grace, and delight. Her bright smile and cheerful manner magnified joy. What a pleasure it was to work with her in the Field Services office at College of DuPage. Knowing her enriched my life.

    My sincere sympathy to all who loved her.

    Alice Snelgrove, Faculty (retired)

  9. Lesli Barger on March 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Bernie lifted our hearts and spirits in such a special way. Her relentless optimism and beautiful smile always reminded me that there are two sides of the street, and she hung out on the sunny side, no matter what! I am so blessed to have known her.
    Lesli Barger

  10. Lucia McGinn on March 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve often thought of Bernie since her retirement from College of DuPage hoping she was enjoying it to the fullest. She was one of the most positive and giving people I’ve ever met. Her passing saddens me greatly. My deepest condolences to all of her family.

  11. Peter Potamianos on March 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I’m deeply saddened to hear about Bernie. It was a privilege and an honor to work with her at the college and to share in her enthusiasm and love for learning.

    Memory eternal.

  12. Robb Frank on March 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Bernie was an absolute delight to be around. She always brought many smiles to those of us at College of DuPage. She also knew how to run an office, but also help students be comfortable. I CELEBRATE her life!
    Robb Frank
    COD Counseling Faculty

  13. Victoria Fox on March 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I remember Bernie as kind, effusive and outgoing. She was like a ray of sunshine; when she came around, she lit up your day. If she thought you needed help or cheering up, she would adopt you like a stray cat or dog.

    Bernie, thanks for sharing your smile, and exuberant charm with us. The world was a better place because of you.

  14. Karen Troller on March 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Bernie but she was also a good friend. She loved her family very much. I remember going shopping every Christmas for special heartfelt gifts for her children and her beloved cousins.
    She was very special. She will be greatly missed.

  15. Ingrid Peternel on March 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Like others who have written before me, I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Bernie many times–first in the Field Studies Office, which was across from my office suite, and later in the Testing Center. She always went out of her way to help me or the students. Bernie was one of the reasons so many of us enjoyed our days at the College. My condolences to the entire family for the loss of a grand person.

  16. Marco Benassi on March 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I enjoyed my conversations with Bernie at COD. She was always positive and lifted spirits. My prayers are with her family.

  17. Laura Jakubowski on March 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I also worked with Bernie at COD. She a truly happy person and it a smile was always on her face. She will be missed

  18. allan carter on March 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I worked with Bernie at COD; she was a delightful, spirited person and a pleasure to deal with. My heart is with the family.

  19. Maren McKellin on March 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I was so sorry to learn of Bernie’s death. We worked together for several years. I remember her love of the outdoors, her love for walking and her love for her family. I hope your memories of her comfort you as you mourn this loss.

  20. Ellan Sand on March 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Bernie was a lovely person, a real delight to work with and know. She was always positive and friendly – a real gem. I remember kiddingly trying to talk her out of retiring from COD. In response, she just shook her head and smiled that smile of hers. I sensed she had a lot to look forward to and was determined to get started. My condolences to her family and friends on what is surely a very great loss.

  21. Lauren Morgan on March 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I worked with Bernie at COD from 1997 until she retired. Whenever I saw her, often walking the halls as part of her exercise routine, she was smiling. Although she was constantly on the move, she took time to stop, chat, share a laugh, and offer a pleasant thought. Bernie was a lovely person, and I know you will miss her, just by smiling, you will carry her spirit with you always (especially her 3 granddaughters).

    My deepest condolences,

    Lauren Morgan
    Speech Faculty
    College of DuPage

  22. Harriet Boe on March 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    My deepest heartfelt sympathies. I worked with Bernie at COD and she often accompanied me on my walks around the campus. She was a sweet compassionate person. I missed her when she retired.

  23. Judy Horn on March 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m so sorry to learn of Bernie’s death. She was such a friendly and upbeat person — a wonderful person to work with. She always had a smile on her face. Please accept my condolences.

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