I don’t think I posted this before, but this is the obituary from my cousin Bernie Van Antwerp who died young a few years ago.

Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Bernie A. Van Antwerp, 43, died suddenly of heart attack Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He was living in Lake Forest, Ill. 

Mr. Van Antwerp was raised in Grosse Pointe Park and attended St. Clare of Montefalco grade school. A job transfer took the family to Ohio and Mr. Van Antwerp graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School in Stow, Ohio.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and his Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.

He was employed in sales and marketing with Oracle.

Mr. Van Antwerp was an avid skier, sailboat racer, triathlete, runner and tailgater. He was an active volunteer in his community and church as a youth sports coach and member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Domzalski; children, Nicholas, Michael and Eleanor; parents, Deanna and Bernard Van Antwerp of Grosse Pointe Park; parents-in-law, Bruno and Katie Domzalski of Grosse Pointe Park; sisters, Julie (Johanne) Odermann and Lynn (Karl) Ness; brothers, Christopher (Loretta) and Michael. He also is survived by his brother-in-law, Michael (Paige) Domzalski; sister-in-law, Ellen (Chris) Clark; 16 nieces and nephews; and many friends.

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