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Bernadette Vano

March 4, 1952 — November 21, 2020

Bernadette Vano passed away peacefully November 21, 2020 at the Kobacker House Hospice in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 68 from complications of the COVID-19 virus.

Born on March 4, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois to Nancy and Louis Vano, Bernadette was a 1970 graduate of Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, and attended the Ohio State University. She worked for many years at Ohio State, both with Buckeye Village Family Housing and in the International Studies Department of the College of Arts and Sciences, where she was instrumental in the publication of the International Studies Quarterly.

A longtime lover of arts and literature, Bernadette greatly admired the Italian masters of painting, sculpture and architecture, and the classical romantic writers of Europe and America. She had a passion for acoustic guitar, and singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. She delighted in discussing British film and TV stars, drinking sparkling water (with lots of ice), buying skin care products and fine linens, admiring Roman ruins, and wittily communicating with her many online friends. She will be missed.

Bernadette is survived by her brother Vincent Vano; her uncle Carl Buonafede, and her cousins Michael, Paula, Jimmy, Stacy, and Tony. Her cremated ashes will be buried at her parents’ graves in St. Joseph Cemetery, Columbus Ohio. Details for the burial and other commemorative events have not yet been finalized but will be updated on her Facebook page at www.

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