Bernard J. Jenne

bjenneRUSSELL- Bernard J. Jenne, age 83, of Russell, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton.

Calling hours for Bernard will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Edwards. His funeral service will be on Friday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with lay speaker Douglas Beachard officiating. Burial will follow at South Russell Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at

Bernard was born on October 26, 1932 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late Frank and Leta (Brown) Jenne. He graduated from Knox Memorial Central School in 1951 and then entered into the United States Air Force and there he served until his honorable discharge in 1954.

Bernard married Phyllis A. Chase on July 21, 1957 at the Russell United Methodist Church. He was the Bus Mechanic and driver at Knox Memorial Central School and then Edwards Knox Central School, working there until his retirement in 1995. Bernard was very proud of the time he spent serving in the U.S. Air Force and liked to reminisce about those days. He enjoyed making maple syrup, hunting, fishing and watching sports. He loved his dogs Snuggles and Nacho. Bernard was always tinkering on something or cutting wood.

Surviving is his wife, Phyllis; two sons and their wives, Larry and Carole Jenne of Canton and Gregory and Tara Jenne of Richford, NY; three daughters, Lynn Barnes and her companion Gary Minkler of Black Lake, Lori and Rick Brewer of Canton and Lisa Jenne and her companion Randy Hale of Russell; a brother, Roy and his wife June Jenne of Hermon; 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and one on the way and several nieces and nephews.

Bernard is predeceased by three brothers, Jerome “Hazy”, Leo and Francis Jenne and a sister, Anna Medford.

Donations may be made in Bernard’s memory to the SPCA or the V Foundation.

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