Merino S. Bernardi – age 87, died in his Fenton home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Son of Vincenzo and Elisabetta Bernardi, he was born in Paganica, Italy. Born as a U.S. citizen he moved from Italy to the USA with his mother and brother to join his father and older brother in 1938. Survived by his beautiful wife, Diane, the love of his life for over 61 years; his children, Kenneth, Cheryl Reardon (Ron Reardon) and Jill (Monique Mathieson). Grandfather of Kristin Browning (Matt Browning) and Rachel Reardon (fiance Brian Henk), by whom he was affectionately known as "Horse"; brother, Fred and numerous wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, August. After graduating from Henry Ford Trade School in 1951 and joining Ford Motor Co., his career in mechanical engineering flourished until retirement. He and his family enjoyed boating and water sports along with winter sports at his vacation home on Blue Lake near Kalkaska. In later years they wintered at their second home in Naples. He and Diane enjoyed years of extensive travel throughout the U.S. and abroad. An avid outdoorsman, he traveled the globe hunting and fishing. Per his request there will be no formal service. A small memorial will be held in his honor at a later date. THANKS FOR ALL THE FUN, DAD! Ciao.