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Henry Michael Bernaski


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Alva Ilene Douglas

Henry Michael Bernaski 2,58,130

  • Born: 4 Mar 1915, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 2,58,133
  • Christened: 21 Mar 1915, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 133
  • Marriage: Alva Ilene Douglas on 1 Jun 1942 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 2,32,58
  • Died: 18 Apr 2014, Souris, Manitoba, Canada at age 99 22,32,133,206
  • Buried: Apr 2014, Souris, Manitoba, Canada 22,133

bullet   Another name for Henry was Hank.2


bullet  General Notes:

The following was provided by Kim Mills...

Hank was a maintenance, all-around handy-man. Hank and Alva have live d in Souris as long as I have known them. I remember spending many ho urs in their home when I was young playing with Mona. Hank was the bu s driver and janitor at Souris Public School and was also very good a t carpentry. Alva worked in the post office. At one time Mona worke d for the Royal Bank in Souris.
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bullet  Death Notes:

Event Description: Souris Personal Care Home

bullet  Burial Notes:

Address: Souris & Glenwood Cemetery
NE 04-08-21 W
Souris, MB


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, 3 Mar 1915. 22,32 Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada
as shown on his Headstone

Military, Abt 1944. 208 Netherlands
Hank carved his name into a tree in Holland. The inscription is stil l clear in Sep. 2014.
Megan Story wrote in an email to her aunt Mona Bernaski:
"So as my previous email said I got the opportunity to visit Hank's tr ee this past weekend. After Aunt Mona sent me an email from someone wh o had recently found the tree here in Holland, she had forwarded the e mail on to me. I then looked up the location and found out that it wa s only 45 minutes from where I am currently living. As I was camping w ith a friend this weekend, we actually were only a 20 minute ride away . I then explained to my friend the story I had found out about Hank a nd that one day I would like to see it before leaving Holland. With no thing planned on Sunday, we headed out on our adventure, Rossweg 14, 7 245 NK Laren, near Lochem Netherlands - the address the gentleman ha d written down was excellent (except for anyone who may visit it in th e future, it takes you to the second entrance and if you only continu e past it, the next entrance is the main one). We arrived around lunc h time and walked down the lane into the beautiful estate, there is on e main home ( very large) and to the left of it is a second smaller ho me. As we didn't see anyone outside and didn't want to just wonder aro und the property we rang the doorbell on the smaller home. A gentlema n answered the door and thankfully spoke really good English. He happe ns to be the caretaker of the property and a few others in the area . I explained that I was seeking a tree from the second world war an d immediately he asked if it was H Bernaski. I was surprised, he kne w exactly where it was as it was only 20 feet from the house. He kne w it so well, because over the years there have been many trees discov ered on the property and area of men who during the war inscribed ther e names, however your father's is pretty much one of the only that i s clearly legible and clearly marked on the tree (from the photo you w ill be able to see just how big it is). I thought we might be searchin g for hours on the property for a tiny inscription, but no it's prett y obvious that that is the tree. He did ask about one of the words a s he was not sure what it said, it took me a minute but the word was t he abbreviation for Manitoba.
The man was kind enough to let us know what the area was and a littl e bit of history on the area. Apparently (if I remember correctly) dur ing the war there was a landing zone close in the area and the area th at your father was at was used as a cooking and storing area. They wou ld transport and prepare the food in the area and then get it on the p anes to there men. So, I have to ask (as I didn't know the answer whe n asked), what did your father do during the war? The guy assumed tha t we was some sort of cook or transporter as he was stationed in tha t area.
You should also know that the tree is healthy and huge and will live f or another 100 plus years!
Coincidentally this past weekend was also a yearly celebration calle d "Market Garden." Market Garden from the brief little history lesso n I got, was a special event that happened during the war where hundre ds of men and women jumped out of planes during September 17-25 as a s olidarity to the Dutch troops and to reclaim the bridges taken by th e Germans. I think there was about 6/7 bridges in the same area surrou nding Arnhem. Each year they do a celebration and hundreds of people j ump out of planes on one day during the celebration. Market Garden its elf is named because an attack from the air was called "Market" and a n attack from the ground was called "Garden."
I think and hope I got all the history right on this.

I have attached a few photos for you to see and maybe your family woul d like to see them also.
I was very moved know that I stood in the same place where your fathe r had once during a hard time some 70 odd years ago.

Maybe one day you or your family will get to see it too!"

Cemetery, Apr 2014. 209 Souris, Manitoba, Canada

Obituary, 18 Apr 2014. 32 Souris, Manitoba, Canada

Grave Marker: Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. 32 Souris, Manitoba, Canada


Henry married Alva Ilene Douglas, daughter of Gordon Campbell Douglas and Anna Josephine McBurney, on 1 Jun 1942 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 2,32.,58 (Alva Ilene Douglas was born on 5 May 1917 in Glenwood, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada,2,4,32,58,69 died on 24 Jan 2014 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada 4,32,133 and was buried in Jan 2014 in Souris, Manitoba, Canada 4,22,35.)

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