This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Constance Bernardo, 76, born on September 23, 1935 and passed away on April 26, 2012. We will remember her forever.

Constance Bernardo, 76

Constance “Connie” Bernardo, 76, of Ewing Township, NJ, died at 3:05 PM, Thursday, April 26, 2012 at The Saint Francis Hospice in Trenton, NJ. She was born September 23, 1935 in Garysburg, NC, to William and Alice Lane. She married Lester L Bernardo Jr. on March 15, 1955 and he survives.


Also surviving are her three sons, Lester L III, Leo “Tate” Bernardo of Ewing Township, NJ, and Keith (Rose) Bernardo of Saint Georges, DE; three granddaughters, Kiyana (Coltrane) Stansbury of Orange, NJ, Taheria and Mariah Bernardo of Raleigh, NC; five grandsons, Anthony, Eric, and Cameron Bernardo of  Saint Georges, DE, Christopher (Amanda)  Bernardo of Killeen,Tx, Matthew Bernardo of Goldsboro, NC;  one great granddaughter, Hope and four great grandsons, Zaire, Noah, and Malcolm Stansbury of Orange, NJ, and Christopher D Bernardo Jr of Killeen, TX; one brother Dennis (Kay) Lane of Bellingham, WA.  Including a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins  from both Lane and Bernardo  families.


Her father, mother, sister Janice; and brothers Patrick Leon and William A. Lane Jr. preceded her in death.


Constance was a long time resident of Ewing Township where she lived since leaving her childhood home in Newark (Westfield), NJ, at the age of 24. She graduated with honors from West side High School of Newark, NJ, where she was a majorette in the marching band, played the violin in the school orchestra, and participated in various athletic activities such as track. She retired, after twenty years, from the United States Postal Service in Hamilton Township, NJ.


She loved to cook and spend quality time with her family, she also enjoyed gourmet food and fine dining. She loved playing the piano and singing opera as well as classical music.


A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 315 First Street Westfield, NJ 07090 at 11a.m. on Saturday May 26, 2012. In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives may visit online to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Memorials may also be made to the National Brain Tumor Society at


If there are any questions please feel free to  contact:

Keith H Bernardo at or (609) 420-0651

Directions can be obtained through the link below.


GoogleMap: HolyTrinity, 315 FirstStreetWestfield, NJ

Posted by Leo Bernardo on September 23, 2021
Happy Bday Mom! We love you today, tomorrow and forever! 

Love-Tate, Keith, and Lester
Posted by Kay Sardo-Lane on April 26, 2019
Another year has passed as our memories of Connie and her grace endure in our hearts.
Posted by Kay Sardo-Lane on April 28, 2018
I'm still remembering and appreciating Connie and the wonderful Lane family gifts of love and wisdom in so many places and times over so many years.
Posted by Madeline Hicks on April 27, 2015
I frequently think of Connie and the fun times we used to share. I always remember her in my prayers.  (The photo is of Connie practicing her belly dancing :) )
Posted by Leo Bernardo on April 26, 2015
Dear Mom-

Was thinking alot about you today as i remember your passing to heaven 3 years ago today. Not a day goes by where i don't think of you in some way shape or form. I love you more than i can even imagine and it's as if you are still here with all of us again. I know i speak for Les, Keith, Dad, and Uncle Dennis when i say thank you for all of the precious memories that you gave us over the years. We love you and we will never forget you. Until we meet again, may you continue to be blessed and cared for by God. Thank you :)

Posted by Dean Lane on September 23, 2014
Thinking of Aunt Connie. Dennis, Kay and I were remembering her in conversation last night over dinner. She is always with us in grace. I actually called her "Nana Connie" tonight--a combination of her and Nana Lane in my memory I suppose. Keith, Tate, Big and Little Lester my love and thoughts our with you on her birthday and always. Love, Deanna
Posted by Kiyana Stansbury on September 23, 2014
Remembering my beautiful and wonderful grandmother on today. I miss her more and more each day, but I often smile when I think of her and remember her unwavering love.
Posted by Kay Sardo-Lane on September 24, 2012
Dennis and Kay hold you and all the Bernardos in our hearts. May good memories help us in our loss.
Posted by Leo Bernardo on September 24, 2012
Happy Birthday Mom! I love you and miss you very much. So many people love you and remember you from over the years and though it's hard for me not to see you face to face to celebrate our birthday together, i know that you are in peace in heaven celebrating our special day with our lord and savior, and for that i am grateful. Always and forever i love you. Tate :)
Posted by joy howell on June 7, 2012
Lester, Mr B, Tate & Keith. I am so sorry to just have learned of the passing of your mother.She was always a lady so gracious and pleasant. A gourmet cook and a connoissuer of good food, restaurants and the arts; a guru of vitamins, herbs and tea for healthy living. My prayers are with you.
Posted by lillian jackson on May 26, 2012
Dear Lester my heart was broken when I heard of Connie death. I was truly blessed to have known her and worked with her at the P.O.. She was a woman with so much wisdom and poise. I will always remember  having lunch together, her sharing her recipes, and working together for so many years. She will surely be missed, my friend.
Posted by Morris Kimble on May 24, 2012
To the Bernardo Family:
May God bless, comfort and keep you during your hours of bereavement.
Posted by willavette stokes on May 24, 2012
Lester, i was sadden by the passing of your mom. Although many of the people that worked at the P,O, are no longer here, the few like myself will miss her cheerful smile and that graceful walk of hers. My prayers are with you and your family. - Willa Stokes
Posted by Dean Lane on May 7, 2012
When I look at my daughter Fela's face,
I see the beautiful poised dazzle of Aunt Connie,
I feel the fierce Lane blood in her spirit
Coursing through her
In the future
I see in her, the unforgettable grace and elegance
That Aunt Connie brought to our lives
Posted by Kay Sardo-Lane on May 7, 2012
I know your loving legacy will live through your beloved children and grandchildren generation after generation.
Posted by Dennis Lane on May 4, 2012
La Familia always meant a lot to Constance. It was a deep focus of her life. She raised three strong men, Lester, Keith and Leo. Each has gone forth to grow their own families and brought traditions of compassion and love to them. She will be missed and always will be a large part of both the Lane and Bernardo family.
Posted by Mike Welch on May 2, 2012
The Bernardo family is in my prayers.
Keith you are the nicest guy and so much fun to be around. I'm sure your mother had a lot to do with you being such a great guy!
Love you guys.
Posted by Rose Bernardo on May 2, 2012
Mom, what can I say. You are dearly missed more and more each day. The love and strength you gave us all we carry us through. As when we last spoke, I can't thank you and Dad enough for raising your son in both your images. He truly is a phenomenal husband and father. You will truly be missed <3
Posted by Wyndi Cooper Wilson (" B ... on May 2, 2012
My dear Uncle Junie and dear cousins, I am truly sorry for the loss of Aunt Connie. The memories I have of her make me smile. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen you and that you continue to remember all the happy times you had together.
Posted by Lorna Bernardo on May 1, 2012
LuvU -- See Stories.

Posted by Venus Bernardo on May 1, 2012
My dear Uncle Junnie and the best cousins ever, Lester, Keith and Tate. I mourn with you on the loss of your mother, Aunt Connie. I also rejoice in the memories and remember with you the joy she brought to our lives; whether it was a kind smile, good times and all her expressions of love. May God bring you comfort and peace at this time. With all my love, Vennie
Posted by Victoria Bernardo on May 1, 2012
Uncle Juny, Lester, Keith and heart goes out to you. Your Mom loved you guys so much and there was power in that love. I always admired that she was very individual and marched to her own drummer. She loved trying new things and then sharing that experience with others. I pray that your memories fill your hearts with laughter and gladness.
Posted by Julie Butler on May 1, 2012
So sorry for your loss. I only met Constance once. She and your dad took me out for sushi, (my first time having sushi). I was on a road trip from Meredith Manor with Leo (1989) and had stopped in New Jersey. She was a lovely woman. Praying for comfort for your family.
Posted by Maria Tsardoulias on May 1, 2012
The feeling of loss we get
Some people don’t understand
Just to get one more day
When our parent walked this land
You and your mum where best of friends
Remember that’s what you told me
So speak like she’s still here
Tell your kids the stories
So don’t be ashamed
Because I am not
To talk about them
They gave us a lot
Posted by Keith Bernardo on April 30, 2012
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
Posted by Leo Bernardo on April 30, 2012
From the beginning to the very end, mom you where our hero, our friend, our warrior, and the greatest inspiration that a family could have. We will cherish your memory forever. We love you and we miss you dearly. May God bless you for all of eternity.

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Posted by Leo Bernardo on September 23, 2021
Happy Bday Mom! We love you today, tomorrow and forever! 

Love-Tate, Keith, and Lester
Posted by Kay Sardo-Lane on April 26, 2019
Another year has passed as our memories of Connie and her grace endure in our hearts.
Posted by Kay Sardo-Lane on April 28, 2018
I'm still remembering and appreciating Connie and the wonderful Lane family gifts of love and wisdom in so many places and times over so many years.
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Thoughts of My Wonderful Grandmother

Shared by Kiyana Stansbury on April 26, 2014
Today and everyday, I remember the irreplaceable loving kindness of my grandmother. She was, by far, my biggest fan and the constant, gentle reminder that, in her opinion as my nana, I was the best- the smartest, most beautiful, and most talented- and could do anything I set my mind to do. I miss the comfort and joy of her presence: eating melon or a simple meal together, seeing her smile and laugh, talking with her about aromatherapy and foot reflexology, hearing her stories about her childhood and our family, feeling the warmth of her hug and kiss on my cheek, and so on and so forth. I recently sat a picture frame of my grandmother up on a shelf in my home. Constance was young, smart, beautiful, and talented in the photo. Full of potential. Full of grace. Striking. Everyone who visits me asks, "Who is that beautiful woman in that photo?". I proudly identify her as my grandmother, Constance, a constant presence, source of love, and female force in my life. As a mother now, I think back over my grandmother's life and think about her strong work ethic and sacrifices made for her family. I identify with her challenge of being a working mom and raising a family. Most of all, I carry her ability to love and be strong in the face of adversity. I am reminded today and every day, when I glance at her photo each morning, that each day is a gift and we should make each day count. In her memory, let's do that. Love, -Kiyana

My Growing Up Friend

Shared by Madeline Hicks on May 29, 2012

My sincere condolences to Lester and sons and the entire Bernardo and Lane
families.  Connie was in my First Holy Communion class and many processions on certain Holy Days at Queen of Angels Church.   During our earlier years, we enjoyed roller skating, seeing the Ice Capades in New York,  etc.  I spent many fun times with the Lane family visiting South Beach, and cookouts at South Mt. Reservation.  When thinking of her I remember her gentle way,the twinkle in her eyes, and when we put on those records learning to do the Mambo and Cha Cha.  Those memories are still so vivid.  She will remain in my prayers as will the rest of her family.   Love and Peace        Dolly      

Treasured Moments

Shared by Rose Bernardo on May 23, 2012

I treasure every moment
you spent in life with me. I hoped to have you longer,
but it’s not meant to be.

You left this world so suddenly.
I think my heart went too.
I feel so lost and lonely,
and I cry from missing you.

I know you’re in a better place.
I know you’re happy there.
I know one day I’ll join you,
but the wait is hard to bear.

My heart feels like its breaking
as I try to carry on. You were my life, my everything,
but now sweetheart, you’ve gone.

I’ll count the years until the time
I join you there above.
Where then we’ll be, eternally,
together again my love.