Marlene Gaffney Berndl

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:14 pm

Marlene Gaffney Berndl, 80, of Fremont, Calif., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, from cancer. A celebration of life for family and friends is Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1301 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, Calif.

Marlene N. Gaffney was born June 10, 1935, the daughter of Warner and Henrietta (Sersland) Gaffney. In 1954 she started working for American Airlines at Chicago Midway, where she met her now deceased husband, Raymond Berndl, of Chicago, Ill. They moved to California, and she worked as a lead freight agent at SFO, where she served for the rest of her 40-year career. Marlene lived in Fremont for the last 29 years and was active in the Ardenwood Village HOA as treasurer. She served as a senior commissioner with the Fremont Senior Citizen’s Commission. She also was a volunteer at Washington Hospital for over 10 years. She functioned as a council member at Christ the King Lutheran Church. She rarely missed watching a Giants baseball game. Those that knew Marlene knew her as a kind soul, yet outspoken about matters of importance to her, and to those she helped and with whom she volunteered.

Marlene is survived by her son, Michael Berndl (Mia) of Rocklin, Calif.; her grandchildren, Austin and Ashley Berndl; her sister, Beth Bigler of Volga; her brother, Bill Gaffney (Carol) of Surprise, Ariz.; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Warner and Henrietta (Sersland) Gaffney.

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