On Thursday April 23, 2020, at the beautiful age of 96, Bernadine Meyer has been greeted by the league of angels she deserves as she enters her well earned spot in heaven. A spotless life, a woman who contributed so much so selflessly, Bernadine was always a prodigy. Born in McKees Rocks, Bernadine attended St. Mary Help of Christians grade school and high school, graduating early at the age of 16, and attending Duquesne University, where she majored in business education. She taught at McKees Rocks High School after graduating from Duquesne, and four years later earned her master’s degree in business administration.With a goal of teaching at the college level, she attended Columbia University for a doctoral degree. She earned three doctorate degrees in her lifetime - law, education and business - or “Doctor, Doctor, Doctor” as one of her nephews liked to say. Her first college teaching position was at East Carolina College in Greenville, NC. Feeling a great loyalty and love for Duquesne, Bernadine returned to Duquesne’s faculty in 1956 and held many academic positions there until her retirement in 1991. A life-long student, Bernadine received a law degree in 1972 by attending law school at night and still teaching during the day. Bernadine taught accounting, business law, and became the Associate Dean and Director, Graduate Program School of Business and Administration before her retirement. Bernadine also spent several years as visiting professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Dayton. Bernadine’s contributions to Duquesne University and her commitment to Duquesne were the highlights of her life. After retiring, Bernadine volunteered her accounting skills w the IRS in helping senior citizens prepare tax returns; she also volunteered at St. Clair Hospital during her retirement. Bernadine was the first born of a family of nine children. Her twin, Kunigunda, survived less than 24 hours. Grace McMahon (Casey, deceased), Mary Boyle (Robert, deceased), Fr. Earl Meyer, OFM, Cap., and Imelda Labadie (Fred) are surviving siblings. Leo Meyer (Jean) and Vincent Meyer (Connie, deceased) are her deceased brothers, and Elizabeth is a sister who died in infancy. Bernadine was a life-long serious and committed Catholic, a member for many years of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Castle Shannon, then a member of Our Lady of Grace Church when she moved to Providence Point, where she enjoyed many happy years of independent living before her recent illness. She was well cared for at Providence Point and the family thanks the administration and the caring staff who helped her during this last year. Her soul has surely risen to be with the Lord at a front row seat in heaven. She was a treasured member of her family and her extended family, especially her nephew, Paul McMahon, who has been her generous and capable rock to lean on during recent years. Greatly missed, yet so proud to have been a part of her life. Many Masses will be said for her rejoicing soul, now and when life returns to normal. Family requests prayers in thanksgiving for a life well lived.
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