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Bernita R. Perala

Bernita R. Perala passed away on October 8, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Born on November 10, 1940, in Fruita, Colorado to Lois Tufly Wolverton and Howard Elmer Tufly.

From a young age, Bernita exhibited a passion for learning and nurturing young minds. After completing her education, she embarked on a fulfilling career in education that spanned several decades.

Bernita's impact on the lives of her students was immeasurable. She had the remarkable ability to connect with each child and create an inclusive and engaging learning environment.

Bernita's love for her family was unparalleled. She cherished every moment spent with her loved ones and wholeheartedly embraced family reunions and gatherings.

Whether it was celebrating milestones or simply enjoying each other's company, Bernita reveled in the warmth and joy that came from being surrounded by family. She took great pleasure in creating lasting memories through these special moments.

In 1965, she married the love of her life, Robert Perala, and together they raised two sons, Dan Perala and Greg Perala. Balancing the demands of motherhood while working full-time since the early 1980s was no easy feat, but Bernita approached it with grace, determination and boundless love.

Bernita's legacy lives on through her surviving family members and friends who feel grateful for the time they had with her. She is survived by her sister, Darlene Boyce, whose bond was forged through a lifetime of shared experiences; her sons, Daniel and Gregory Perala; her daughter in law, Christine; grandchildren, Hunter Perala, Jessica Warren and her husband Clayton, Karen Perala, Brooke Stewart and her husband Asa; and great grandson Dawson Warren.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Schrader Funeral Home at 2222 Russell Ave in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Funeral Service will begin at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately to follow also at 2222 Russell Avenue.

A graveside service is scheduled on Saturday October 21, 2023 at 12 p.m. in Sundance, Wyoming at Green Mountain Cemetery where she will find her final resting place next to her beloved husband. 

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Full obituary can be viewed at