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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Beverly Hern

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Beverly Hern, a devoted wife, loving mother, and friend to many, died February 8, 2009 at the age of 57 after an 8 year battle with ovarian cancer. She fought a long battle but never gave up hope and was an inspiration to her friends and family. Bev lived every day to the fullest and never let the cancer get in the way of her happiness. She enjoyed doing things for others and continually put others’ needs ahead of her own. It did not matter if she was having an exceptionally bad day; she would always make time to hear what people had to say.

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For 13 years, Bev shared her love of books with children as an intermediate school librarian in Livonia, NY. When she retired, she was always on the go with her friends and family. Bev’s determination to live a full life was always evident by the events she participated in, traveled to, and organized. Bev loved to scrapbook, make cards, go to lunch and the movies with friends, see Broadway plays, and take in the Vermont scenery with her husband and girlfriends. Bev was a great planner and loved to get people together.

Even in her final days, Bev was planning. She recorded children’s books on tape for her future grandchildren and she made sure her friends would help with completing the plans for her daughter’s shower and wedding, knowing she would not be there.

Bev showed everyone the importance of humor, strength, and courage in the face of difficult times and always knew how to keep her loved ones laughing. Her family and friends miss her greatly. Beverly is survived by her husband Warren, daughter Tracy, son Tim, brother Robert Foos, and many, many friends.

Last updated on: 04/21/2009


Bev was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. Visiting with her just a few weeks before her passing she had me (and my daughter Haverly) laughing as we recalled stories of the girls from pre-school through high school. It was a last visit I will never forget. Bev, I know you received your wings immediately upon entering heaven.
With love and happy thoughts,

Anne Erskine – 04/21/2009

I couldn’t agree more with my mom. We were blessed to have her in our lives, and there was certainly no questioning her admission to Heaven. She made everyone she met want to be a better person. With love and great memories, Haverly

Haverly Erskine – 04/21/2009

Bev was the best friend anyone could ever hope to have. Those aren’t just words…that is a FACT! She never judged anyone and was always willing to listen to everyone’s issues. I was a main offender of needing her to listen and no matter how she felt, she would always take the time to listen and help if she could. I love her and will miss her in so many ways. God Bless Bev forever and always.

Nancy Happ – 04/21/2009

Bev and I have been friends since we were 2 years old and I consider myself very lucky to be able to say that!! Not everyone is given the gift of that friend who would do anything for them. We had endless talks and shared everyday life experiences. Bev was always a wonderful friend and is missed by many. She loved her family with a passion and found such joy and pride in them. Our families have shared innumerable events and they were all more fun because Bev was a part of them (weddings,vacations, christenings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties,etc.) Our families will enjoy sharing future events in our lives and I know Bev will be smiling at us during those times. Bev lived every day to the fullest and always looked at the positive in life. Her sense of humor always carried us through any situation. I am holding on to that strength as a guideline for my life.
Bev, I miss you everyday and know we will be together again.

Jan Telle – 04/21/2009

Bev will always be in our hearts. Her family meant the world to her. She cherished every day with them. You could always see her giggling about something the children did when they were growing up. She will always be remembered as a sweet, wonderful caring soul. We were all very lucky to have known her.
Ciao bella

Lil Paraka – 04/22/2009

Bev will always be in our hearts. Her family meant the world to her. She cherished every day with them. You could always see her giggling about something the children did when they were growing up. She will always be remembered as a sweet, wonderful caring soul. We were all very lucky to have known her.
Ciao bella

Lil Paraka – 04/22/2009

Bev was a second mother to me. Tracy and I met when we were only a year old and growing up through those many years she made me feel like a second daughter to her. She always looked at the positive in life. She is in many memories that I hold deep in my heart. I recently went to a butterfly garden and a butterfly landed on me and would not leave my side. I texted Trace with a picture and she said “It’s my mom saying HI”. I knew she was right. She will always be in our hearts and memories.
Love you,

Marissa Lee – 04/22/2009

Growing up, Bev had such a positive impact on my life. I will never forget all of the trips that we went on and the family gatherings. She was such a caring and loving person and I will miss her for the rest of my life!

Jeff Telle – 04/22/2009

Bev was my son-in-laws sister. I did not see her very often but she always had a smile on her face and was so kind and caring for everyone. My daughter Susan loved her dearly and felt like a sister to her. Bev loved to have you come to her home where she made you feel so welcomed. If this world was filled with Bev Hern’s it would be a wonderful place. God Bless her and all the good memories she left behind. Love Lorraine

Lorraine Vonglis – 04/22/2009

Bev has been my friend since we met over 15 years ago at our sons’ baseball games.
During these years we have walked together through a few shadows and whole lot of sunshine. Bev has always been there listening and giving of herself. I just know that the definition of friend has to be Bev. I also feel our friendship is eternal. Bev’s picture watches over my creative endeavors and Bev and I continue to have conversations about what fabrics go together, what colors make the best card or scrapbook page, and what decorating idea looks the best. No friendship that has been real can ever cease. I have learned how to be a better friend myself through following her example. I miss you dearly, Bev, but I feel your spirit with me all the time. Love, Joyce

Joyce Trippodo – 04/30/2009

Bev is the kind of friend that everyone wishes for and wants to have…… but few do. I was one of the lucky ones!! Whenever I was with Bev she made me feel like she was my “best” friend because she was always so interested and cared so much about my life. I have been blessed by her friendship for twenty years. So many of my life’s special moments and memories involve Bev. These memories with Bev…..give me some comfort. I miss Bev so very much…….

Sue Graham – 05/03/2009

Real brain power on dislpay. Thanks for that answer!

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