Bernie Sullivan’s story starts on June 12, 1930, in Lindsay, Nebraska, population 332.
The youngest child of Isabella and Killian Schmitz grew up in a household of 10 during the Depression. Her father died in 1941 in a construction accident.
Prior to her senior year in high school, Bernie & Isabella moved to L.A., following her sisters who relocated West in 1942. Aside from the obvious culture shock, Bernie recalled seeing artichokes, avocados & tamales for the first time.
Bernie was hired by Security Pacific Bank out of high school. She went onto be the 1st female bank supervisor in L.A.
At the 12th & Maple branch, she met Frank Sullivan, a transplant from Philly. They married in 1957 and moved to the Verdugo Woodlands, where she lived for 63 years.
Our cherished Bernadeen passed peacefully on Aug. 1, with her daughter at her side.
Besides family & her faith, Bernie loved sports. She attended the World Series, Super & Rose Bowls, UCLA, Lakers, Kings, Army Navy & Olympics. Her favorite team was UCLA and whoever was playing USC!
Waiting in heaven will be her husband Frank, 9 siblings, numerous friends & relatives, Vin Scully, Kobe Bryant & John Wooden. She is survived by her 3 children: Julie, Patrick, Joan; grandkids Madison, Sabrina, Shelby & Daniel; countless caring nieces & nephews; friends; & her Holy Redeemer family.
Heartfelt thanks to Annalee & staff at Montrose Healthcare, Sr Vicki Smurlo, BVM & Daisy at The Mission Hospice.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m. Holy Redeemer Church, 2400 Montrose Avenue, Montrose, CA. Private interment at San Fernando Mission.