JoAnn Marie (Rohlik) Bernardy

Mass of Christian Burial for JoAnn Bernardy, 81, of Little Canada, formerly of Lucan, will be
Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan. A
livestream and recording of the service can be found at lowafc.org, then click the Watch Mass
tab. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the church, with a parish prayer
service at 6:00 p.m. and rosary to follow. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service.
Interment at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Seaforth will follow a funeral luncheon at the
Lucan Community Center.
JoAnn Marie (Rohlik) Bernardy, 81, was born in Vesta Township, MN, on July 15, 1942, to the
late Lawrence and Leona (Crouse) Rohlik. She grew up on a farm near Seaforth and was
baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. JoAnn attended St Anne’s Catholic School
in Wabasso and followed her calling to religious service by becoming a Franciscan Sister of
Perpetual Adoration at St Rose of Viterbo Convent in LaCrosse, WI, at the age of 17. JoAnn
earned her teaching degree from Viterbo University and taught primary grades in Superior, Eau
Claire, and Menomonie. After 10 years of religious life, JoAnn left the convent and moved back
to Minnesota in pursuit of a different vocation.
She became an elementary school teacher in Vesta, and married Nicholas “Nick” Bernardy at St.
Mary’s in Seaforth on June 5, 1971. They made their home in rural Lamberton, where they
welcomed five children in six years. JoAnn was a natural caregiver who had helped her mom
manage their large and busy household. She highly valued this family life she and Nick built
together. She was an active member of Catholic Aid, CCW, and sang in the church choir.
In 1995, Nick retired from farming and they bought the white house directly across the street
from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan. JoAnn was an active member of the parish,
acting as a song leader and working on quilts for the Missions. JoAnn enjoyed her walks down
to the Post Office and around town. For a time, she took on a part-time cleaning job at the
Lucan Community Center. In 2013, JoAnn and Nick moved down the road to Wabasso where
JoAnn regularly attended mass at St Annes. In 2016, they made the big move to the Twin Cities
area to be closer to their children.
JoAnn enjoyed watching Twins games on the TV with Nick, playing games of Scrabble around
the kitchen table at her Ma’s house, patching jeans for Nick and her grandsons, creating fun
and laughter for her grandkids through fun Easter egg hunts, cookie decorating, and playing at
the park, helping clean at church, and reading. She liked ending a meal with a scoop or two of
vanilla ice cream. (Culver’s was definitely her happy place these last few years!) Regular phone
calls and visits with her kids meant the world to her. JoAnn adored her family and was their
biggest cheerleader. Her children still smile, picturing her at youth basketball games yelling
“Take it away, take it away, take that ball away!” The enthusiasm in her voice can still be heard
in her adult children’s ears, and it is just a small glimpse of how she always rallied for them. She
was a proud Mom who supported her family and others. She engaged in conversations easily. It
was common for her to start up conversations with strangers on outings. She was
compassionate, and was a hospice volunteer. She continued to offer a helpful hand, even in
recent days. Over the years, JoAnn received many compliments about her beautiful ivory skin

and her natural dark brown “Rohlik” hair. We will remember those trademarks as well as her
selflessness, strength, and faith. She had a special glow about her.
JoAnn died on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. JoAnn leaves behind
her children, Maria Bernardy of Minneapolis, Theresa (Brad) Gulbranson of New London, David
(Jerry Kennedy) Bernardy of Fridley, Anne (Kirt) Anderson of Coon Rapids, and Sarah (Ben)
Broman of Burnsville; her grandchildren, Gavin, Lily, Dylan, Keegan, Mya, Cory, and Brandon;
and great grandchildren, Kylie and Adalynn; her brothers, Mike (Annette) of Lucan, Ed (Joann)
of Apache Junction, AZ, Larry (Char) of St. Louis Park, Frank of Redwood Falls, and Randy of
Wabasso; her sister Carol Rohlik of Marshall, and sisters-in-law Diane Rohlik of Renville, Terri
Kaufenberg of Seaforth, Theresa Rohlik of Wabasso; her close friends Cherie Nelson, Tami
Oswald, and many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Nick Bernardy on July 26, 2017; her parents, and her
siblings, William, Kenneth, Allen, Roger, Greg, Mary, and Louis. Blessed be her memory.

Arrangements with
Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association
Wabasso, Minnesota
www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com

JoAnn Bernardy