John Paul Bernicky
Paul Bernicky, a lifelong Waukesha resident, passed away unexpectedly on
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at age of 55. John was born to Paul (Jan) and
Mary McGoun (John, deceased) in 1958, the third of what was to become a
brood of seven.
Since he was born while his father attended Marquette, it was a given that
John was a lifelong Marquette fan.
When John was 12, it was time to get started in the working life.
He spent the next seven years working on the Fred Gygax farm, which is the
modern-day site of Waukesha West High School. This was the start of
Johnís love affair with working on lawns, as that was one of his many
chores on the farm. It was also the start of working 12 hour days, 6 days
a week when the weather allowed. Agricultural child labor laws were a
little more relaxed in those days. John loved working and loved the farm.
His senior year of high school, John cut into his farming time to play
football for the Blackshirts.
In addition to the farm, sports would become Johnís overriding addiction
for the rest of his life. He played and coached softball in Waukesha from
the time he turned 16 until now. Loved every minute of it.
After two years of college, John took a job as a machinist at Riverside
Tool & Die in Waukesha. Riverside merged into Accurate Products, which
recently was sold to Harken Manufacturing. After 36 years, John was still
machining away. In the early 80ís, John started building his legacy,
which is his three children, Annie, Jenny and Jared. John was the
consummate doting father, which never ended, but over the last 10 years
also came to include being a doting grandfather to 8.5 grandchildren and
his son-in-law, Sergio, and daughter-in-law, Krysta. With the advent of
grandchildren, John earned the moniker of ďPupa John,Ē which he will
be fondly remembered as.
Johnís family was the center of the universe, but his universe also
included being a friend and neighbor to every single person he met. As a
lifelong Waukesha resident with his welcoming personality, John was
friends with at least 50 percent of the city. The man had a heart of pure
gold, and he was there for anyone who had a need.
Seven years ago, John started a hobby, which grew to a side business
called Bernicky Lawn Enforcement.
John loved his customers and loved the work. A new way to make more
friends, with the side benefit of lawn care and snow plowing. His other
hobby was the Brewers, Packers and Warriors (oops), with a side order of
Bucks and Badgers. There was no sports statistic or game history that John
did not know. One of the few people known that taped all the Brewers games
while he worked second shift, so that he could watch them when he got
He will be sadly missed by his loving children and in-laws, Annie, Jenny
and Sergio Sandoval and Jared and Krysta. He will leave heartbroken
grandchildren: Jayden, Jada, Cesar, Mia, Sergio, Bella, Brooklynn, Lola
and a player to be named later. John left his parents Paul (Jan) and Mary
far too soon. The siblings, who have known him all, or most of his life,
will carry great memories and heavy hearts.
They are Mike (Jeannie), Mark (Shari), Paul (Laurie), Karen (Shane)
Squires, Lynn (Lee) Schuster, and Julie (Mike) Meehean. The 14 nieces and
nephews will miss his smiling face and warm heart. The huge number of
folks that John counted as friends and relatives have lost a truly great
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00
p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha. The
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Maryís Catholic Church,
225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Father Howard Haase will preside. Burial at Prairie Home Cemetery will
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated.