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Michael Arthur Bernard and Vicki Curtiss Bernard

Michael Arthur Bernard and Vicki Curtiss Bernard, married 50 years, both recently passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

Michael passed on Nov. 25 and Vicki on Dec. 2.

Michael was born on Dec. 16, 1949, in New York, N.Y., to an Armenian immigrant family. He later went to live with Arthur and Gladys (Taylor) Bernard in Clinton, N.Y. He married Vicki Ann Curtiss in 1971.

Vicki was born in Atlanta on July 9, 1949, to Leon and Martha (Gilliland) Curtiss. After living in various parts of the country, the family settled in Ohio.

After living and working in Connecticut and Whitehall, Pa., for some 20 years, they moved to Wellsboro, Pa., to both teach at Irvin Comstock Seventh-day Adventist school. Before retirement, Michael changed careers to serve as a pastor at the local Seventh-day Adventist churches.

After retiring as principal of Irvin Comstock school in 2014, Vicki continued serving at the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro as organist and bell and senior choir director, roles she cherished for some 27 years in total.

The couple leaves behind their three adult children: V. Michelle Bernard of Laurel, Md.; Michael A.C. Bernard of Wellsboro; and Katharine G. Bernard of Fall River, Mass. Michael also was happy to be reunited with his son, Jeffrey Cunningham, in his last years.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 8, in the afternoon at the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro. Visitations to be scheduled. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com