Dr. M. Bernard Keisler

William Snyder Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | October 06, 2020

Dr. M. Bernard Keisler, 93, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of North Huntingdon, died Saturday October 3, 2020. He was born May 12, 1927 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Max and Olga (Hepps) Keisler and was also preceded in death by his wife Marilyn A. (Weiss) Keisler and a brother Morton Keisler.

Dr. Keisler was a retired optometrist having his own practice in Irwin for many years and then semi-retiring and joining Irwin Eye Care until full retirement from optometry. At the age of 50 he received his master’s in public administration and served on the Bureau of Mediation for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

He served as a Pennsylvania independent arbitrator in his final years. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the U.S. Navy, a member of Gemilas Chesed Congregation, McKeesport, a former member of Norwin School District Board of Directors, a member of Shidle Lodge No. 601, F. & A.M., Irwin, a longtime member of the Irwin Lions Club, and a longtime voting poll worker.

He is survived by his children H. Mark Keisler of Irwin and Kimberlee Keisler Cermak of Phoenixville; son in law David L. Cermak; his grandchildren Anna Cermak and Dylan Keisler; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main Street, Irwin, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Homestead Hebrew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to Norwin Public Library, 100 Caruthers Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences please visit

Originally published October 06, 2020.

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