Bernard Van Der Weert

Funeral Service

11:30 am
Friday, December 7, 2018
Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, Florida, United States

Final Resting Place

Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, Florida, United States

Obituary of Bernard Van Der Weert

Bernard Van Der Weert, Jr.

Bernard Van Der Weert was called home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018, at the age of 65. Bern was born on February 10, 1953 in Paterson, NJ, to Bernard and Anna Mae Van Der Weert.

Bern grew up in northern New Jersey. After graduation from Eastern Christian High School he enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his time in the miltary Bern rose to the rank of Sgt while working as a pneumatics/hydraulic specialist on F-4 fighters. Doing that job he served overseas in Vietnam and Korea. While stationed at Alamagordo AFB, NM, Bern met Linda Diane Newquist. The two fell in love and were married on August 24, 1973. They were together for 45 years.

Following Bern's time in the military their family moved to Sarasota, Florida. Over the next 28 years they raised 3 children while he was employed by the county as a firefighter, paramedic, swatmedic, and sherriff's department augmentee. He retired in 2004 with the fire department rank of Lieutenant.

After retirement Bern and Linda moved in 2006 to Guilford, NY, to a quiet little place in the country. He named the place Critter Ridge. Bern loved being outdoors, and seeing the surrounding woods and wildlife.

He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother. He is survived by his wife Linda Van Der Weert of Guilford, NY. One Son: Michael Van Der Weert of Norwich, NY. Two daughters: Alicia Russell of Parrish, FL; and Kim Van Der Weert of Guilford, NY. One Brother: Ronald Van Der Weert and his wife, Linda, of Parrish, FL. Two Sisters: Karen Van Der Weert of Osprey, FL; and Sharon Eastwood of Sarasota, FL. Four Grandchildren: Nathan, Blake, Haley, and Caleb; and many other family members and friends.

As a Veteren, Bern will be laid to rest with a memorial service on Friday, December 7, at 11AM at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. All are invited to attend.

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