John Robert Bieberstein

Born: Tue., Jan. 31, 1933
Died: Sat., Jan. 12, 2008

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John Robert Bieberstein died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the age of 74. John was born in Madison, WI. He graduated from Central High School in Madison, WI and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1956. He served 10 years in the Air Force as a T-33 and T-38 instructor pilot, check pilot, and standardization evaluation officer until 1965 when he became a pilot with Eastern Airlines. During his 25 years with Eastern, he flew the Convair 440, the Boeing 727, the L-1011, and his favorite, the DC9, as Captain and check airman. He also served in the Alabama Air National Guard flying F-84''s.

Throughout his life, John was a dedicated volunteer developing and coaching a neighborhood swim program and holding leadership positions in his community civic association. He and his wife, Mary, were also active in the school community serving as presidents for the PTA. John''s devotion for working with young people was most evident through his work with the Camp Fire organization where he volunteered both locally and nationally for more than 30 years.

John took great pride in his marriage to his wife Mary (Casterton) Bieberstein celebrating 50 years together in September 8, 2007. He is survived by his wife, their two daughters, Janet Hutchins of Lawrenceville, and Jaci Sharitz and her husband T. J. Sharitz of Duluth, his sister, JoAnn Lange and her husband, Robert Lange, of Madison, WI, and his four grandchildren, Christopher Hutchins, Jennifer Hutchins, Rachel Sharitz, and Daniel Sharitz as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents Adolf Joseph Bieberstein and Amine Ella (Tanner) Kalhagen of Madison, WI and his half brother, Hans Bieberstein, also of Madison, WI.

John was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro where he taught the Men''s Sunday School class, was a member of the church choir and served on the Administrative Council. In addition, he and Mary enjoyed singing with the Reynolds Chorus of which they were charter members.

John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend. He was an inspiration to many throughout his life and will be greatly missed.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, January 15, 2008, from 6-8 pm at McCommons Funeral Home, 109 West Broad Street, Greensboro, GA. A celebration of his life will take place at The First United Methodist Church of Greensboro, GA at 2 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church of Greensboro, P. O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642 for the South Campus choir room. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Daryl Morelli
   Posted Mon January 14, 2008
My deepest sympathy with the loss of this dedicated man. I knew Janet and her children through Campfire. I lost my dad recently and know how painful it can be. Take care of yourself. Fondly, Daryl

Rhonda Blakeney-Jordan
   Posted Mon January 14, 2008
I love this photograph of Mr. Bieberstein. He doesn't look much different than when I met him in 1968 (?), and it's how I will always remember him. He was my best friend's dad, and so from second grade on, I held him as an authority figure. He was for most of the kids in our neighborhood. I don't think there was a one of us who wasn't a little awe-struck by him. As the coach of our local pool's swim team, he was a major presence for all of us -- and not just those on the team. He was a man who commanded respect, not just with firmness, but also with affection. To me, he was a little bit larger than life. Jaci, my heart breaks for you and Janet and your mom. Your dad was a man well loved by many, but loved beyond bounds by his family. I pray for God to give you all strength and comfort. Love, Rhonda

Mary Hunt
   Posted Mon January 14, 2008
I met John and his wonderful family while working at Camp Toccoa/Camp Fire USA - Georgia Council. John was a kind, dedicated man to his family and community. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Richard McDuff
   Posted Mon January 14, 2008
I had the pleasure of flying with John during trying times at Eastern. He was a fine man and a dedicated and professional pilot. My sympathies to his family and loved ones. Richard McDuff

Kathleen Innes
   Posted Mon January 14, 2008
My memories of John date back to the days of Camp Fire events when Jennifer and Christopher were in elementary school and Janet led a Camp Fire club. John was so supportive of Camp Fire events, large and small, and such an involved Board member. I will always remember John as a kind, giving and caring man who gave much to his family and his community. May God's hand be on you during this difficult time. Please know that my prayers are with y'all and that I regret being unable to be with you in person as you mark the passing of a life lived in compassion and love. With much affection, Kathleen.

Mary Vann Hamilton
   Posted Tue January 15, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Gray Bailey
   Posted Tue January 15, 2008
I have known John since 1965 when we went through CV440 an B727 school together was a good friend. I am very sad to hear of his passing. I wish his family all the best.---Gray

The Cawthons - Kathy, Ken, Jessi, Maggie and Polly
   Posted Tue January 15, 2008
Mary and family - We extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of a wonderful man. He truly was an inspiration to all of us.

Michelle and Ray King
   Posted Wed January 16, 2008
Jaci and family, I have been praying for your dad since you told me of his illnes. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you at the loss of your dear love one. May you be comforted by your faith and the memories you hold so dear. In Christ, The King Family

Kim (King) Cranston
   Posted Wed January 16, 2008
Jaci-My prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. It has always been evident how proud you are of your dad and how much you love him. You must have so many wonderful memories of such a wonderful man.

Hector and Rhetta Morales
   Posted Wed January 16, 2008
Dear Mary and Family, We are so very saddened to learn of John's death. He was a friend to all and will be missed by many. Please know that you and your family are on our hearts and in our prayers at this difficult time. Love & Prayers, Rhetta & Hector

Dick and Eleanor
   Posted Thu January 17, 2008
We send our condolences and remember the family. Love, Dick and Elenor Kraus

Harold & Cora Lee Carlsen
   Posted Thu January 17, 2008
Mary and family - Cora Lee and I would like to express our sympathy to you all. We remember you during the days when you were active members of Rock of Ages Lutheran in Stone Mtn. As an Air Force Vet, I have many fond memories of sharing tales of F-84's with John. He was a great man! Please know that our prayers are with you.

Bob Kay
   Posted Thu January 17, 2008
Mary and family; I am so sorry for your loss, as well as missing a great friend. The times simply sitting in the front yard at the cabin and talking with John and yourself we will miss personally. Over the last few years, with the ailments John had, I have witnessed few people who were courageous enough to deal with some of the pain John had to bear as he did with the dignity he showed. His attitude was always positive, although I knew what he was going through. I knew it was with his faith he was able to see the world in a disposition he had. I miss my friend.

Cheri Salisbury
   Posted Fri January 18, 2008
Dear Mary and family, I didn't know John very long, but I will always remember him. He never let his face belie the pain he was in and he never had a bad word about anything or anyone. He truly did live life to the fullest. He was a blessing and inspiration to me, because I knew he really cared when he asked me "how are you?" Cedric and I will miss him terribly. Love, Cheri and Cedric Salisbury

Jan & Herb Thurmond
   Posted Sat January 19, 2008
Mary and family, Herb and I are so saddened to learn of John's death. He was a kind man and we know you will miss him dearly. He fought a hard fight and we were always amazed at his determination to continue through his pain. Truly uplifting to see him at church and we will miss that. Your family is in our prayers.

Greg Howard
   Posted Mon January 21, 2008
Condolences from me and the rest of the family at The Rock. Greg & Renee Howard

Chuck & Vanessa Swatek
   Posted Mon January 21, 2008
Dear Mary, We certainly remember you with great fondness from the Carriage Hill neighborhood. John was an inspiration to us. May his memory be eternal.

Ann McDaniel Cochran Rorie
   Posted Wed January 23, 2008
I just wanted you to know that I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Bieberstein was a great Man and always seemed to make me smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Ann McDaniel Cochran Rorie

Dee Beeler
   Posted Mon January 28, 2008
Dearest Mary and girls, Craig and I continue to keep you in our prayers. We miss John so much. He was a wonderful guy. We are here for you in any way. Dee & Craig