Craig Joseph Bersche

  • Born: September 21, 1957
  • Died: June 19, 2021
  • Location: Columbia Station, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Brother, Son, Cousin, and Uncle

Craig Joseph Bersche (Sept. 21, 1957—June 19, 2021)
Craig J. Bersche died peacefully at home early Saturday morning, June 19, 2021. His battle with cancer was short-lived, but it never defeated his mischievous wit and creative spirit, which shined through until the end.
Craig was born in Pontiac, MI on September 21, 1957 to Joseph E. Bersche and Barbara C. Bersche, and he spent his adolescence in Hudson, OH, where he attended Western Reserve Academy and Hudson High School.
Craig was a quiet, modest Renaissance man who would marvel his friends and relatives with his many hidden talents. His entrepreneurial spirit and flair for the fantastic was evident from his early youth. Always the inventor, Craig would pull his brothers and sister into the fun, using them as lab guinea pigs to try out his numerous sci-fi gadgets and Willy Wonka-style creations, including the "ever-growing bubblegum" that puffed up in the mouth as it was chewed.
At the age of 17, Craig wrote and recorded a record's worth of self-penned songs and somehow persuaded members of the Cleveland Orchestra to play on it. He then headed to New York with hopes of getting signed and managed to meet with representatives from all the biggest music labels. As a visionary, he also purchased a larger-than-life plastic bubble that he could stand in and filmed what might be considered one of the first-ever music videos (, featuring one of his main tracks. The record he made was recently released on Bandcamp (, with album notes that he wrote.
After hanging up his dream in the music business, Craig turned his focus to developing real estate around Chicago and Ohio with his family. In his later years, Craig created Loftmonkey—a business designing custom loft beds for young people that came delivered with a delightful plushy chimp, a mascot Craig concocted. (He was always an amazing marketer.)
There was nothing like going on an adventure with Craig, or Uncle Craig, as his adoring nieces and nephews called him. He could talk thoughtfully on any topic under the sun, was always enthusiastic to try new highways and byways, and had a quirky sense of humor that could electrify any situation. Being with Craig was something to look forward to, and something that will be very much missed.
One night, while he was out with his Sandy and some family members, he spied a lonely piano in the corner of the establishment they were at. He had not played in over 20 years, yet he sat down, stretched out his fingers, and played the most beautiful melody that stunned everyone in earshot. When he finished and rejoined his party, he was asked the name of the song. "I don't know," Craig said, "I just made it up on the spot." Craig was a rare and complex character who was always one step away from using his talents to find huge success. We are lucky we were able to bask in his light.
Craig is survived by his fiancé Sandy Chelednik of Columbia Station, as well as his mother Barbara C. Bersche, father Joseph E. Bersche, brother Curtis E. Bersche (Roxann Mehle spouse), sister Barbara J. Bersche (David Katznelson spouse), and his many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Craig is preceded in death by his brother Christopher A. Bersche.
The family would like to thank the hospice team from Hospice of the Western Reserve as they helped make Craig comfortable in his final days. Also, a big thank you to the Cleveland Memorial Society and to the Busch funeral home for being so helpful and kind.
There will not be a funeral or other formal gathering in honor of Craig's request. 440.322.3717

Condolence & Memory Journal

I have just heard some of Craig's wonderful music tracks on YouTube that were posted yesterday (12/13/22) I am so sorry that you left this world in 2021 that I cannot tell you myself but want your loved ones to know how great your music is and continues to be for folks like me who are now discovering it! :-)

Posted by Mike Barnhart - Jacksonville, FL - Acquaintance   December 14, 2022

Cousin Craig was such a rock star and hero to me. Funny, smart, talented. As a little kid, I remember listening to the first 45 of Chris and Craig singing, "How Can I Live", and thinking, wow, you can do this? It was inspirational. I got into music heavily as a teen mostly due to that spark and my son is now carrying on that same tradition. All ripples from the same spark. To the coolest older cousin ever. RIP Craig. To quote Tam Downing, you made it to the superset.

Posted by Jeff Bersche - Family   August 23, 2021

It's so nice hearing from Craig's old friends. We have many fond memories of those days.Thank you for remembering. Craig's Mom and Dad

Posted by Barbara Bersche - Vermilion, OH - Mother   July 07, 2021

I have so many memories of growing up with Craig and I too regret that despite efforts to get him to our reunion, we never were able to catch up. We had a great time building the treehouse at the Bercshe home on 91, hiking/camping in the woods, listening to Inna-goda-davida on repeat all night long, playing music, and continued the high jinx at their house near the academy. I recall Craig recording a song and he talked of becoming "the boy in the bubble", but I never knew that any of that came to fruition as we lost touch around that time. It sounds like he continued to live life to the fullest and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts go out to the entire family. He was a gem!

Posted by Jim Gray - Cleveland Heights, OH - Friend   July 03, 2021

I'm sorry I lost touch with Craig after we were at WRA. We were also nextdoor neighbors and spent time together in his swimming pool and in the treehouse in the woods behind my house. It's funny that I didn't know of his musical talents, especially since I was into playing music and went on to become a professional musician. Rest in peace old buddy.

Posted by Chris White - Ithaca, NY - Friend   July 03, 2021

May you rest in peace Craig. It was always fun to be your classmate and friend back in high school. I will always remember your positive, upbeat, kind and mischievous spirit. Peace.

Posted by Mark Tercek    July 02, 2021

I was fortunate to know Craig as a student at Reserve. Craig's enthusiasm for life was infectious. I recall sitting in french class one day with Craig when our dear french teracher, Mrs. Giacorinis, tried to rein Craig in by remarking: "Life is not a bowl of cherries, Mr. Bersche." Of course we both knew then that life was indeed a bowl of cherries. I am sorry that I lost touch with Craig over the years but I am happy to read that Craig was able to keep that goal. Godspeed Mr. Bersche, and enjoy those cherries. Your friend, Hal DeSaussure, WRA class '75

Posted by Hal DeSaussure - Hudson, OH - Classmate   June 29, 2021

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