A Mass of Christian Burial for Mario “CHIEF” Bernal, age 56, of Brownwood, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas.

Mr. Bernal passed away suddenly, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at his residence.

Mario was born on in Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico, on Dec. 8, 1957. On June 22, 2000, he was married to Gracie Ballejo in Brownwood. He worked in the concrete business and was a rock layer. Mario was a member of St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church and had resided in Brownwood for many years. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor. Always making people laugh with his jokes and he loved his work in masonary, concrete.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Gracie Bernal of Brownwood; sons, Mario Bernal Jr. and Luis Angel Bernal of Brownwood; daughters, Diana and Juan Antonio Rodriguez of Early, Crystal and Chris Buitron of Brownwood; step-daughters, Gracie and Rick Garza of Brownwood, Juana and Daniel Pineda of Brownwood, Consuelo Castaneda and fiancé Alvaro Gonzalez of Stephenville, Texas; his mothers, Maria Bernal of Fort Stockton and Sophia Garcia Hernandez of Muzquiz, Coahuila; nine sisters, Rosa Bernal of Midland, Ermelinda Garcia of Grand Prairie, Dolores Bernal of Fort Stockton, Matilde Bernal of Gardendale, Maria Hernandez of Ocampo, Coahuila, Oralia Hernandez of Ocampo, Coahuila, Paola Hernandez of Muzquiz, Coahuila, Isabel Luna Garcia of Muzquiz, Coahuila, Sandra Luna Garcia Cd. Acuna, Coahuila; eight brothers, Daniel Bernal of Slayton, Jesus Bernal of Brownwood, David Bernal of Fort Stockton, Macario Bernal of Gardendale, Eraclio Bernal of Cd. Acuna, Coahuila, David Bernal Jr. of Fort Stockton, Rodolfo Bernal of Fort Stockton, Isaac Samudio Garcia of Cd. Acuna, Coahuila; grandchildren, Marissa Jaquez, Marco Jaquez and Mya Buitron; step-grandchildren, Sergio Castillo Jr., Manuel Castillo, Tiffany Castillo, Luis Castillo, Daniel Pineda Jr., Sebastin Pineda, Aliza Maldonado, Ricardo Maldonado Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his fathers, David N. Bernal and Mario Hernandez; and by two sisters, Petra and Norma Bernal.

Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneral.net. Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.