canada africa partner reservation Obituary of Shirley M. Berner –

Obituary of Shirley M. Berner –


Shirley M. Berner – loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – passed away after a brief illness on May 5, 2024 at Hartford Hospital. She was 96. Born June 1, 1927 in Hartford, Shirley was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Dixon) Jepsen. She grew up and lived in East Hartford and graduated from East Hartford High School in 1945. Until her retirement, Shirley worked as a key clerk at Aetna and in customer service at Connecticut Bank & Trust. Shirley loved to travel and found peace at the family cottage in New Hampshire. She loved cooking and entertaining family and friends. She loved her dachshunds. Shirley enjoyed playing golf, bowling, sewing and knitting. She was a devoted supporter of the Boston Red Sox and UConn Women’s Basketball. Shirley considered South Congregational Church in East Hartford her second family. For more than 70 years she remained active as a singer in the church choir and held various positions, including deacon. She volunteered with the Red Cross, the local food bank and Meals on Wheels and was an active member of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons and their fundraising for overseas Christian ministries. Shirley had a good-natured smile and offered generous words of encouragement. Her positive attitude allowed her to be happy and enjoy her life. She often said, “I’ve had a wonderful life.” It is a life that will not be forgotten. Shirley is survived by her daughters, Sherry Loomis (Stephen) and Judith Zuniga; her son, William C. Berner (Brigitte); her sister-in-law, Pat Jepsen; her grandchildren, Andrew Loomis (Amber), Sarah Loomis, Jeffrey Zuniga, Erika Zuniga, Carl Berner (Michelle) and Jessica Berner (Jay Bardell); her great-grandchildren, Jared Loomis, Lucy and Mia Flowers, Logan Zuniga and Paisley Clark; and many cherished nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband of almost 65 years, William “Bill” Berner, Shirley was predeceased by her brothers, Robert, Richard and John Jepsen, her son-in-law, Ballardo Zuniga and grandson. Robert Flowers. Shirley’s family would like to thank the staff and residents of Apple Rehab in Colchester for their care and friendship. A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at the South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes St., East Hartford, CT 06118. A private burial will take place at the convenience of the family in the church Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s honor may be made to the South Congregational Church Memorial Fund. Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester is in charge of arrangements. To share a memory of Shirley or a message of condolence with her family, please visit