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Bernard George Essip

Bernard George Essip, 89, of Lillian, Alabama, formerly of Cogan Station, passed away on December 5, 2020 at DiversiCare of Foley, in Foley, Alabama.

Bernie, as he was known to his friends and family, was the eldest son of George and Emma (Brundza) Essip (Asipauskas). He was born in Mt. Carmel on April 9, 1931. He attended school in Mt. Carmel, graduating from Mt. Carmel High School in 1949. He enlisted in the United States Army in July 1949. He enjoyed telling the story about failing his physical exam the first time–because he was “under-weight”. The Army physician doing the physical told him to go home and “eat as many bananas as you can” and come back. Bernie did what he was told and passed the physical exam–as he had miraculously gained weight. He served during the Korean War with the Army Security Agency beginning in 1951 and returned to the U.S. from Korea in late 1953. He received an honorable discharge on December 3, 1953.

Bernie attended the Williamsport Technical Institute under the G.I. Bill following his discharge from the Army. He joined Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania in 1954, starting as a lineman then moving on to a splicer and cable trouble man. He retired from Bell Telephone in 1988 following 34 years of service. While working for Bell Telephone he belonged to the Bell Pioneers and the 100,000 Mile Club.

Bernie met and married his wonderful wife, Patricia Ann (Yost) on August 30, 1958. They moved to the Williamsport area in 1960 and started their family. Following Pat’s retirement, they moved to Lillian, Alabama in April 1998.

While still living in Pennsylvania, he became the “chief cook and bottle washer” when Pat went to work full time. He enjoyed cooking meals for his girls and raised his love of cooking to an art during retirement. He baked bread, made pasta, smoked meats, and made his own kielbasa. He raised orchids in his greenhouse in Pennsylvania and satsuma oranges in Alabama. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, Bob Weise, John Williams and Albert Halli. He truly had a zest for life.

His beloved wife, Pat, passed away on November 1, 2017.

He is survived by three daughters, Georgianne (Steve) Tromp of Yucca Valley, California, Jean Marie (Geoffery) Sullivan of Hughesville, and Patricia (Wesley) Webster of Montgomery; a brother, George E. (Pamela) Essip of Mechanicsburg; two brothers-in-law, Robert (Chris) Yost of Elysburg, and John (Lynda) Yost of Coal Township; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Henniger of Michigan. Bernie had three grandchildren, Megen, Christie and Daryl; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Regina E. Essip (1976).

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.