Martha Bernay, the matriarch of a prominent IATSE family, has died at 95. A longtime member of IATSE Illustrators and Matte Artists Local 790 before its merger with the Art Directors Guild, she served as the office manager of the IATSE’s West Coast office for many years until she retired in 1985. She had been granted emeritus status.
According to the ADG, Bernay died December 15 of natural causes.
Bernay was born on June 4, 1921 in New York, the youngest of four children. Her family moved to Los Angeles the following year, and at age 18 she married labor leader Josef Bernay. During a 50-year marriage they had three children.
Joe Bernay, a longtime IATSE official and former head of the union’s West Coast office, died in 1990.
Martha is survived by daughter Marjo Bernay, the business agent of Local 790 and IATSE Set Designers and Model Makers Local 847 from 1979 until they merged with the Art Directors Guild in 2008; daughter Casey Bernay, Art Directors Guild’s director of education and training; and son Mark Bernay, a former videotape editor.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mount Sinai Cemetery Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Best Friends Animal Society, the Lange Foundation or a pet rescue.
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