Bernard McMahon - October 17, 2011

Bernard J. McMahon, 88, of Giltner, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Aurora, with the Rev. Dennis Hunt officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Giltner. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Giltner with the family to receive friends from 5-8 p.m. with the rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Bernard Joseph McMahon was born Dec. 15, 1922 in Central City, the son of Joseph Peter and Vivienne Anna (Farrell) McMahon. Bernard received his education from District #38 in Merrick County and graduating from Central City High School with the class of 1940. He entered the United States Army in Jan. 15, 1943 at Fort Crook (Omaha), serving with the Reconnaissance Company #692 Tank Destroyer Battalion. He served during World War II in the European Theater. Bernard’s tour of duty included: Omaha Beach, The Battle at Antrwerp, Belgium, Battle of the Bulge, 1st platoon to siege and cross the Remagen Bridge and guarding the German-Austrian border. He received his honorable discharge, Dec. 6, 1945 from Camp Swift, Texas. He then returned to Central City to farm with his father.
He was united in marriage to Petronella (Nellie) Bader on Oct. 8, 1947 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, by Msgr. Leo Keating. To this union, 11 children were born: Tom, Mary, Patrick, Margaret, Catherine, Jeanne, Joe, Rita, John, Anne, and Marilyn. The couple began their married life in Grand Island before moving to Merrick County where he farmed. In March 1953 they moved to a farm south of Aurora, and later to Giltner in 1956. Bernard was employed by Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, worked as a substitute rural mail carrier and retired from Bonnavilla Homes in Aurora in 1986. Bernard and Nellie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007. He was an avid baseball fan as a player and a coach. In his youth he played for ”Irish Town.”
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Giltner, joined the Knight’s of Columbus Council 1159 of Grand Island April 1, 1942 and transferred to Aurora – Giltner Council #8010 in 1986 where he served as Grand Knight for two years. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post #5539, Harvard, and American Legion of Aurora. He served on Giltner town board for 22 years where he was instrumental in many city projects.
Those left to cherish his thoughts and memories are his wife of 64 years, Petronella (Nellie) McMahon of Giltner; sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard T. “Tom” (Pamela) McMahon of Roseville, Calif., Patrick L. (Patricia) McMahon of Hemingford, Joseph T. (Betty) McMahon of Omaha, John M. (Dianne) McMahon of Grand Island; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary (Daniel) Schartz of Gothenburg, Margaret (Randy) Carrier of Salina, Kan., Catherine (Denis) Bachman of Giltner, Jeanne Robertshaw of Aurora, Rita (Scott) Harmon of Trumbull, Anne (Mark) Pittard of Ankeny, Iowa, Marilyn (Todd) Williams of Doniphan; 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jisa of Hastings.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Agnes Bricault; son-in-law, Barry Robertshaw; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Bricault and Leonard Jisa.

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