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Nancy Berninger

June 11, 2019 03:06 pm Updated: June 11, 2019 03:06 pm

Nancy Berninger, 89, Registered Nurse Ghent, NY Nancy Berninger, resident of Ghent, died June 10, 2019. Mrs. Berninger spent her life caring for others. She was a loving wife and mother who raised her five children by serving as an example of strength and kindness. Her working life was spent as a nurse, first at Columbia Memorial Hospital and later at Eden Park Nursing Home. Born October 2, 1929, in Hudson, she was the daughter of Alice (Waltermire) Studley and Ralph Studley. She always remembered her Claverack youth fondly, “We had a good life and upbringing. We were poor but didn’t know it. We were a happy bunch and always had plenty to eat and warm clothes even if they weren’t new and were hand me downs.” In 1946, at the age of sixteen, Mrs. Berninger graduated from Roeliff Jansen High School. In 1949 she was a member of the first graduating class of the Columbia-Memorial School of Nursing. It was a fortunate patient who came under her care. In the Spring of 1955 she met John Berninger of Ghent. Years later she recalled “I’m not sure it was love at first sight, but it didn’t take long to realize we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.” On November 26, 1955, they married. At that time she moved from the longtime Studley home in Claverack to Ghent. For many years John and Nancy’s flower and vegetable gardens were admired by all who passed by their home. On the occasion of her fiftieth wedding anniversary, she noted “When you are united in marriage you become as one, but still retain your individuality; whatever one spouse does affects the other one. Keep this in mind and you’ll have a solid, joyful and meaningful life together. Attend church together. There you will find a much larger family to welcome you and support you through the difficult times. Treasure each day you have together, as one.” John and Nancy were long time members of the Ghent Reformed Church where she taught Sunday school and sang for many years in the choir. She passed very pleased with the life she’d led. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Whittier Place Assisted Living Center and Community Hospice for giving mom the compassionate care everyone deserves in their final days. Mrs. Berninger is survived by her children Chris and Regina Berninger of Ballston Spa, John Berninger and Nancy Gardner of Slingerlands, Beth Colwell of Hudson, Glenn and Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger of Kinderhook, Gregg and Diane Berninger of Valatie; grandchildren Christine and Nick Jones of Macon, Georgia, Carolyn Berninger and Matt Klecker of St. Paul, Minnesota, Matt Colwell of Hudson; step-grandchildren Jason Danforth of Brooklyn, Rachel Anderson of Rochester, NY, Will Anderson of Montreal; and step-great grandchild Francesco Bracaglia of Bethlehem. Additionally, Mrs. Berninger is survived by her brother Albert Studley of Wyckoff, NJ, and sister Carol Spath of Walkill, NY. Nancy’s husband John; siblings Mildred, Evelyn, Velma, Edna, and Barbara; and step-grandchild Julia Bracaglia died previously. Memorial contributions to: Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 Co Rt. 22, Ghent, NY 12075 or The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY, 12208 Family will receive friends at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home Friday June 14th from 4 to 7pm. Religious Services will be at the Ghent Reformed Church on Saturday at 11am, interment will follow at the Ghent Union Cemetery. For directions or to convey a condolence visit