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Bernd R Kronberger
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 21, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Vienna, Capital, Austria
  • Date of passing: Nov 8, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
Let the memory of Bernie's generosity, joy for life and love of family and all things SPORTS be with us forever!

To Our Guests and those who were unable to attend, but sent their best wishes:

OUR FAMILY SINCERELY THANKS YOU FOR  MAKING BERNIE'S 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE A GREAT SUCCESS. 

IF YOU SHARED A MEMORY, A LAUGH, OR EVEN A TEAR OR TWO, RE-CONNECTED WITH A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IN A WHILE, OUR OBJECTIVE WAS MET.  

I INVITE YOU TO CONTINUE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS, MEMORIES AND PHOTOS OF BERNIE ON THIS SITE OVER THE NEXT YEAR, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO DO SO.  OFTEN THOSE WHO NEEDED OR WANTED TO SPEAK DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OR ARE NOT QUITE READY ON THE DAY OF THE SERVICE. THIS CAN BE YOUR VENUE. 

I URGE YOU TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE TO FIND THE SIMPLE JOYS IN A DAY AND REACH OUT AND SHARE THEM.  PUT YOURSELF ASIDE, LOOK SOMEONE IN THE EYE, OFFER THEM A WARM HAND SHAKE OR  HUG, PUT YOURSELF ASIDE AND REALLY CONNECT. YOU WILL BE ALL THE BETTER FOR IT; BERNIE WAS.   
 


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by John Runyan on 9th March 2017

"My family is so grateful and blessed for having Uncle Bernie in our lives. His love and friendship will never be forgotten. We dearly miss him and cherish the many memories of so many wonderful times shared. Simply no one like him. Bern, dear friend --miss you always."

This tribute was added by Alesha Balcom on 8th March 2017

"I knew him as Uncle Bernie...I have very very few memories of him (due to distance probably), but I do remember your beautiful wedding at grandma and grandpas house by their pool filled with rose petals(though maybe that was the reception, I was fairly young)...I do remember you two being very happy, pretty much everyone was happy that evening. Fast forward a few years and my next memory is of him throwing change in the bottom of the pool at grandma and grandpas Arizona house...then throwing me in behind it all!!!(I did have my swimsuit on though lol!!) like I said, I don't have many memories but the two that I do have cemented uncle Bernie in my memories forever...he was a very fun uncle:) I truly wish I had more memories...because I'm sure they would have been great as well:)"

This tribute was added by Jan Sauer on 27th February 2017

"If I would have had a moment with Bernie before he suddenly slipped away, I would have said thank you for being a wonderful friend. Bernie was a combination of a great professional- dignified, diplomatic and yet could be crazy fun, a good listener and all around great guy.  I would tell him I felt so honored to be part of the group in Tahoe that watched you marry the love of your life. Peace be with you Bernie until we all meet again."

This tribute was added by Barbara Ballou on 18th February 2017

""Death Leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal ...the legacy you left..
Larger than life, with a heart to match and an infectious smile, holding your uke in hand and Carol by your side in Maui is how we will remember you.  You lit up a room and so loved your family...  .   when we go to Maui, your spirit will be alive in us--how grateful Mike & I are to have shared our anniversary with you and Carol in beautiful HI.  
"Dying is not an end in itself; a sequel lies beyond...
Beautiful as music; positive as sound"...E. Dickenson  Play that Uke!
Love & Blessings, Mike & Barb"

This tribute was added by Gary Heckendorn on 15th February 2017

"Across The Street

Across the street I would see him
Bent over the roses he would trim
Looking up, he walked toward me
Always friendly, a smile I would see

A booming voice, assures me all was well
His visits brought kidding and things to tell
He was generous, giving and kind
His leaving has left a void, but across the street
He is still on my mind"

This tribute was added by George Passadore on 7th February 2017

"Dear Bernie, so many years we worked together. I'm reminded of the day I asked you to represent us at the memorial site in New York immediately following 9-11. It's hard to imagine you're no longer here for us to seek your advice and counsel on all matters important to our community. I'm unable to attend your Memorial which Tracy has nicely planned, however I'm thankful I was present for your retirement celebration. God bless you Bernie and Carol. George"

This tribute was added by Scott Fogarty on 6th February 2017

"I was surprised and saddened to learn of Bernie's passing. I truly enjoyed meeting and talking with him about subjects far and wide. Clearly he left a great impression on all those he met and/or worked with. Thank you Bernie for giving back to the community in so many ways."

This tribute was added by Brent Warr n on 1st February 2017

"I had the honor of knowing and serving with Bernie for a couple of decades. Even though we worked for different banks, he has a colleague, not a competitor.  He was a pillar of the community and will be missed.  

We were so looking forward to visiting with Berand Carol in Acosta Rica in March."

This tribute was added by Mark Dederer on 25th January 2017

"I had the pleasure of working with Bernie for many years at Wells Fargo and was always impressed with his dedication to the community that he loved so much.   One trait that always stood out for me with Bernie was that he was a consummate gentleman.   Rest in peace Bernie."

This tribute was added by Tom Unger on 24th January 2017

"I had the pleasure of working closely with Bernie at Wells Fargo for many, many years. We spoke practically daily. He was the type of person who preferred face-to-face meetings rather than by phone or email. He'd wander in and we'd discuss the matters of the day: typically a grant he was providing a community group on behalf of Wells Fargo and what I could do to publicize it. Other popular topics of our frequent meetings were his beloved Oregon Ducks football team or the Portland Trail Blazers. Bernie had a huge heart and passion for his role of helping others in the community. He will truly be missed."

This tribute was added by Larry Laughlin on 21st January 2017

"It has annually been my pleasure to call Uncle Bernie on his birthday to extend greetings and catch up.  Our four boys took pleasure in calling him Uncle Bernie as he had been our first born's godparent.  He made it his business to visit our family with each newborn's birth, often sneaking in a bottle of champagne. Like Mike M, I date my meeting Bernie to our
early years in high school in Eugene. To share this age with Bernd and have the many memories of through the years is priceless, as the passage of time doesn't always permit this luxury.  Joining him for
Oregon football games, GI Joe IMSA Auto Racing (sponsored by Wells Fargo), and Trailblazer games in the Wells Suite are among the many
fond experiences we've shared over time.  Proud to have celebrated his
40th 'over the hill' birthday, and attended his lovely wedding to Carol in Lake Tahoe. Though it appears he has met and brightened the lives of
many hundreds of others in his corporate life, I have been fully blessed
to have enjoyed Uncle Bernie's friendship interwoven into my life for over 50 years. Please rest in peace, and...Happy Birthday, friend!
You are missed!"

This tribute was added by Janey Greenlees on 21st January 2017

"I had the Privilege of working with Bernie for 10 years.  During that time, I learned that he was funny, kind and generous.  He was always welcoming to the people he met ....I admire the work he did that directly supported many non profits in Oregon, through donations from Wells Fargo Bank and participating in events from luncheons to raising walls on a Habitat for Humanity Willamette West build.  He helped make our community better...both personally and professionally.  What a wonderful legacy."

This tribute was added by Liz Feiler on 21st January 2017

"Bernie and my mom were married when I was in college, so I was really an adult when he became my Stepdad. That didn't matter to Bernie, who I somehow called "Bern-dog". He treated me like the daughter he never had, and was always doing special things to let me know he cared. Little things like buying me a silly little gag gift, or big things like buying my wedding dress for me. We loved him so much and will miss him every day. ♥️"

This tribute was added by Miriam Attard on 5th January 2017

"We  were very sorry to hear the news of Bernie’s passing  away.
We met Bernie about 13 years ago, whilst on holidays in Spain, with his lovely wife Carol.  We virtually spent the whole tour together, very pleasant company.
Later on, we had the opportunity to visit Portland, on the occasion of the birth of our grandson. Bernie was an excellent example of American hospitality. We spent quite a lot of  time with Bernie and Carol. An experience we will always cherish. Unfortunately Bernie never made it to Australia so we could reciprocate.
Bernie was a gentleman and fun to be with. Bernie Rest In Peace as you deserve it."

This tribute was added by Paul & Marilyn O on 5th January 2017

"Bernie's motto was "let's have some fun". So let's do it, let's have some fun. Life is short so like, Bernie let's enjoy it to the utmost. Thank you Bernie!"

This tribute was added by BarB Sm on 4th January 2017

"Bernie was a dear friend and one of the "B's" in our tight circle of friends.   His warmth and compassion for others defined who he was and what he did.   He will always be with us ... love you Bernie."

This tribute was added by Roy Jay on 3rd January 2017

"I am so sorry to just receive this news of the passing of Bernie Kronberger. He was a long time friend more than in business. Bernie reached out to me when Juanita passed away and we had the opportunity to have a fellowship lunch not too far from my Portland home. One of the few times that we did not have to talk business. I told him that I was proud of his retirement. I promised him that I would be retiring myself sometime soon. Well soon, came December 15 and I was planning to have another lunch with my friend when I came back to Portland from holiday vacation. I was shocked to receive this news.I was glad to surprise him a earlier when he and his wife sat at my court side seats at the Blazer game while I was out of the country. I will miss my friend.  Roy@RoyJay.Com"

This tribute was added by Mike & Peggy M on 3rd January 2017

"I first met Bernie as sophomores in South Eugene HS's band playing in the trombone section. I found him to be very personable & outgoing.  We got along very we'll having similar interests and became friends from then on. We both attended the University of Oregon where we had different majors but we manage to take few classes together. We played a lot of tennis in high school & college. We attended many sporting events together at the UO. After college we went in different ways but got back together in Portland/Beaverton area. Recently we went to the Davis Cup tennis match between the US and Croatia. I always admired his initial contact with people. Very friendly & concerned about how things were going in your life. Bernie  was a great guy and will be missed. Carol, you had a wonderful man for a husband!"

This tribute was added by Drew Mahalic on 3rd January 2017

"Bernie was the kindest, most considerate partner I've ever had in my position which I've held for 22 years.  He had an infectious smile and truly cared about people.  His passing is Oregon's greatest loss of 2016.
God Bless Him."

This tribute was added by Tracy Curtis on 3rd January 2017

"Bernie made such a difference in our company and our community, he will never be forgotten.  I will not forget his help and friendship when we moved to Portland and I know he is looking down and making sure we keep our commitments to this community.
Miss you Bernie"

This tribute was added by Carol Ocheltree on 2nd January 2017

"To my big, beautiful, proud Austrian Prince. Thank you for choosing me. Life with you was never dull. You burned your candle at both ends and always gave your best.  You could call anyone by their first name and make people smile within a few minutes of meeting them. Thank you for loving and accepting my children & grandchildren as your own & for sharing your extraordinary life with me. Thank you for making me proud to be your wife, I will love & miss you forever."


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