Commander Bernard L. Minetti USN, Ret., of Peachtree City, Georgia died September 10, 2022, in Sharpsburg, Georgia at the age of 91. He was born July 15, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York to Bernard J. and Ettorina Minetti.
Bernard was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He entered the Navy in 1951 and became a Commissioned Naval Officer in 1954. He reported to NAS Whidbey Island as Operations Officer in 1971 where he served until his retirement as Commander in 1977. Upon his retirement he was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal from President Ford for his “conceiving, organizing, and directing the activities of a truly superior shore based helicopter search and rescue (SAR) unit”.
As an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church, he served God his entire life. Bernard was a devoted husband, father, and Godfather. Though we know he is in the Hands of God, his absence on earth leaves a great sadness behind. He will be forever missed.
Commander Minetti is survived by his daughter, Bernadette Timm; son, Michael Minetti; sister, Marilyn Barletta; and brother, Richard Minetti. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Patrecia A. Minetti.
A visitation will be held from 6PM to 9PM Monday, October 3 at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, Arizona. A Mass will be held at 10:30AM, Tuesday, October 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, Arizona. Interment will take place at 12:30PM, Friday, October 7 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.