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Mr. Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Nofel

Obituary for Mr. Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Nofel

April 5, 1935 - March 15, 2017
North Royalton, Ohio | Age 81

Beloved Husband, Loving Father, Grandfather & Great-Grandfather, Dear Brother, & Cherished Friend of Many


Bernard Joseph "Bernie" Nofel, age 81, of North Royalton, Ohio; beloved husband of Kathy Nofel (nee Perz); loving father of Bernard Nofel (Carla), John Nofel (Lucy), Richard Nofel (Stephanie), and Kathleen Nofel; dear grandfather of Carol, Christen, John, Ricky, Dustin, and Amanda, and great-grandfather of 10; brother of Norma Bieganski, Bernice Maroon (Thomas), and the late Menara (Joseph) and George (Blanche). "Somehow. Some way." These words weren't just one of Bernie's favorite sayings. They epitomized his determination to succeed and how he lived his life. "Somehow. Some way." Bernie would say this on the difficult construction sites where he worked as a bricklayer. Would say it when he started his own company. Would say it as his company grew to employ over 100 other construction workers. Bernie saw his professional role in life as "building America" and, once he set his mind on a goal, nothing could stop him. "Somehow. Some way." Bernie loved his wife of 60 years, Kathleen, as a life partner and companion and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last August. The two, together, have touched many hearts with their love. Bernie was an avid golfer and had two holes in one. He was a winner and won a $30,000 slot tournament in Laughlin, Nevada. Bernie enjoyed life and people. He laughed loud and lived large. His success allowed him to help others and his deep Christian faith was central to who he was and how he lived. Bernie will be remembered as a strong man who did it his way. Somehow. Some way. Bernie passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Memorial contributions may be forwarded to Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134, or please visit The family will receive friends at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, from 1:00 PM. to 3:00 P.M. and from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Prayer service at the funeral home on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12700 Pearl Road in Strongsville, Ohio. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park, Ohio.


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