Yvonne Bernath Fund
This is a tragic story, but one of love and faithfulness. While knowing she had weeks to live, due to cancer, Yvonne attended to the affairs of her friend of over 35 years, Dietmar (or Max), to ensure his ongoing care with dementia. Yvonne died in April 2013 and this perpetual fund was set up and added to by relatives and friends of Yvonne and Dietmar, including Dietmar’s sister in Germany.
Yvonne was born to Morva and George Bernath in Colac in January 1943 and grew up in a farming environment. Her schooling was in Apollo Bay and Geelong. She taught at Manifold Heights Primary School for the whole of her working life. Her mother and thence Yvonne were keen Geelong Cats supporters. She and Dietmar had many trips overseas and around Australia. They loved the Melbourne Flower Show and from her contribution to the Geelong Herb Society she was made a Life Member during her final care at the McKellar Centre.
The proceeds of this Fund are recommended for cancer and dementia research and care.