John was born on June 18, 1953, in Jamaica Plains in the Bronx (N.Y.) to John Berninger and Barbara Walter. He was raised with his family in New York, graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y., and attended Pace University in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
John was a very loving and caring family man, with extreme admiration for his wife and six children. He moved his family from Lake Peekskill, N.Y., to Martha’s Vineyard in 1994. John spent most of his employment as a truck driver at Chappaqua Highway Department and Takemmy Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Vineyard Haven. He was also an original and standing member of Westchester County, N.Y., chapter of Cycle Tramp Motorcycle Club.
John is survived by his wife, Tina M. (Laoretti) Berninger, his daughters Amanda R. Berninger, Salean E. Berninger, Alexis A. Berninger, and his son, Christian T. Berninger. John was predeceased by his two sons, John M. Berninger and Joseph R. Berninger. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Berninger, and wife, Kathy, and his three sisters, Joanne Lapierre and her husband, Rick, Susan Pollard, and Elizabeth Requena. Also by three grandchildren, Destiny Berninger, Autumn Nelson, and Coal Trott and several nieces and nephews and his loving companion, his dog, Bella.
Visiting hours will be held in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs on Saturday, August 30, from 11 am until 1 pm, with a funeral service at 1 pm, officiated by the Rev. Michael Nagle.