Matthew J Berning

June 10, 1976 - July 24, 2020
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Matthew J. Berning, age 44, passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. He was born June 10, 1976, in Lima. Matt grew up in Botkins and Lima, and has spent his adult life in Columbus. Matt was a loving and devoted father, and will be remembered for his sarcastic sense of humor and huge heart.

Matt was the owner of MJB Construction. He graduated from Shawnee High School and The Ohio State University.

Matt is survived by his parents: Dennis J. Berning, Rita (Doll) Easter, and Thomas Easter; and grandparents Donald & Barbara Doll. He had a blended immediate family including children: Kirsten (Joe Romanoff) Berning-Murray and her sister Kaitlin Sacher; Leah Berning and her sister Olivia Wanzer; Nash Berning; and granddaughter Mila Romanoff. Matt had been living with the love of his life, Stephanie Pemberton. His siblings include: Andrea (Shawn) Hufstedler, Emily (Matthew) Grant, Dustin (Sirena) Symonds, Aaron Berning, and Taylor Berning.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Elmer & Ruth Berning, and granddaughter Harper Romanoff.

A celebration of life will be held 6-8 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Cridersville Tower Park shelter house, 207 S. Water St, Cridersville, OH 45806. Casual dress required and bright colors encouraged.

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Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Timeline for Matthew J Berning

Born: June 10, 1976
December 25, 2010
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
October 15, 2016
Nash’s Birth
Nash’s Birth
April 12, 2019
Easter 2019
Easter 2019
July 21, 1999
Leahs birth
Leahs birth
Died: July 24, 2020

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Stephanie posted on 5/7/21

Nash has your smile. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at him without seeing you and for that, I’m forever grateful. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year of missing you. You left me with some pretty important tasks, and I promise I won’t let you down. It’s been really hard, but I think you’d be proud of me. We miss you all the time. Love you, forever.


Vicki Giere posted on 7/31/20

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family


Stephanie posted on 7/31/20

I love you, baby.


Leigh Gadek posted on 7/30/20

My heart felt condolences goes out to the entire family. May Matt’s fun loving nature and humor be passed on to Nash as I’m sure it has already been to his girls. I met Matt as my next door neighbor many, many years ago. Not only was the neighbor, but he became one of my best friends. Truly a genius and one of those who I want to for every life issue and answer to problems. And he wasn’t one of those guys who pretended to know the answer, for the most part Matt always did know the answer. If he didn’t, he would hunt it down and get back with me. Always willing to help, he took time out of his own busy schedule to help me, a single mom is three, move an extremely loaded down house about six months ago. Didn’t blink and didn’t even have to be asked, he volunteered and coordinated the move. Even though his brother was moving the same weekend, to which he didn’t tell me, this didn’t stop Matt. Months later He helped move those items from garages into my house. I talked to Matt almost daily and saw him at least a few times a week. My kids all knew him and came to know him as the fun guy who brought Jokes and candy. Our sons are very close in age and Matt will truly be missed more than I can put into words. It’s not often A person comes along in life with no outside Intentions and is just a friend and looks out for you. And that’s what Matt did for me. He was Always always lecturing me on who was bad to hang out with (“let me handle the bad guys Leigh”... I know your family will miss him the same as so many others will. Just know he truly was one of a kind and walked to the beat of a different drum. Why I think we got along so well. Not sure who I’ll call anymore when life hands me problems. But I do know Matt will be cracking Jokes from heaven above.


Eric Gasaway posted on 7/30/20

Matt hired me at Bisys a long time ago and taught me so much. He was one of the most fun, kind and smart people that I have ever met. We became really good friends and shared a lot of laughs and good times that I will never forget. Matt was so genuine and would truly do anything he could for you. He was a great friend and I miss him. He loved his family so deeply. I am so truly sorry for your loss.


Monica Bushman posted on 7/28/20

So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time! God Bless !


Danielle Picker (Pearson) posted on 7/28/20

So sorry for your tremendous loss.


Amber Beckman posted on 7/28/20

Matt was my cousin, on his dad's side. We didn't see each other often, but every time we were at the same place, he came over and in his soft spoken nature, asked how things were going and really listened to the responses. Not many can do that, but he was a pro. And I mean, every time,in high school he was a cool bad-ass and I was an awkward dork, a grade down the hallway, he would walk over to check in. Or in college or at any family function. What I know from the times I spoke with him is how much he loved his family. His soft spoken way he could talk to everyone was awesome. May he rest in peace.


Jeanne A Williams posted on 7/28/20

Rita and family and Dennis and family I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of the families. God Bless!


Sheryl Lemmon posted on 7/28/20

I’m so sorry for your loss.


Sheryl Lemmon posted on 7/28/20

In memory of Matthew J Berning, Sheryl Lemmon lit a candle


Julie Horstman posted on 7/28/20

Rita and Family- so very sorry for your loss. May good memories of Matt help you thru this most difficult time-- Julie Horstman


Brenda Winkler posted on 7/28/20

My deepest condolences for all of Matt’s family. I know Matt loved his children so much and he was greatly loved by all of his children and family. I am glad that I knew him and he will be greatly missed.


Chanelle bodnar posted on 7/28/20

You had such fun energy.You will be very missed.Stay cool Matt.Madd love!!


Monique Brown posted on 7/28/20

My condolences to you all at this time. I pray God gives you strength and comfort that’s needed.


Monique Brown posted on 7/28/20

My condolences goes out to the family, Stephanie and Nash. I don’t have the right words to say. I pray God give you all the strength and comfort you need at this time!


Jim & Cheryl Smith posted on 7/28/20

In memory of Matthew J Berning, Jim & Cheryl Smith lit a candle