Gluvna Shimo Hromada Home
Family Owned and Operated since 1912 Lorain, Ohio
Charles A. "Charlie" Berstling
W.W. II U.S. Army Veteran And Recipient Of Five Bronze Stars
Age 97
Born: November 19, 1923   Died: February 27, 2021

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Charles A. “Charlie” Berstling, age 97, passed away peacefully at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky on the morning of Saturday February 27, 2021. Charlie was born in Lorain on November 19, 1923 and had been a resident of Lorain for most of his life; he had resided at O.V.H. since 2008.

He was a veteran of the United States Army where he fulfilled duty assignments in the Pacific Theater as a Technician Grade 5 attached to the 35th Transportation Corps Service Company from 1943 through 1946. He was stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the southern Philippines (Luzon) and was the recipient of the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Following his return from military service, he joined the United States Steel Corporation. He worked in the brick department at the steel producer’s Lorain-Cuyahoga Works for forty-four years retiring in 1985.

Charlie was a long-time parishioner of the former St. John Roman Catholic Church in south Lorain. In his free time he enjoyed bowling, softball games, and following the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers. While residing at the veteran’s home, his favorite past-times included bingo as well as excursions to sporting events, musical shows, river cruises, and veterans’ clubs.

He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews of the Berstling, Herrera, and Fries families.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Maria (nee Sedlak) Berstling, brothers Frank, Steve, Johnny, Bosco, and Tony, as well as sisters Sophia Herrera and Margaret Fries.

Charlie's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and caregivers at the Ohio Veterans Hiome and especially to Social Worker, Ms. Denise Kreiger , for the exceptional care they gave to him during his twelve years of residency there. 




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