Vera Bierend, 61, returned to her heavenly home on April 18, 2020, after a prolonged and valiant battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Her love for her family and her faith provided comfort and strength throughout her struggle.
Vera was born in Endicott NY on December 10, 1958, the only child of Vaclav and Maria Kytlica, a machinist and homemaker respectively. The family moved to Burbank, California in 1962.
Vera excelled academically, receiving Honors from every school she attended, eventually earning a master’s degree from Pepperdine University and a teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University.
She went on to pursue her passion for education, teaching K through 12 at a number of schools in the Los Angeles area, until MBC forced her into an early disability retirement. While undergoing treatment and working to stay healthy, Vera committed many hours to fight for increased research into MBC.
She worked with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, playing an instrumental role in securing their commitment to higher funding of MBC research. As recently as October of 2019, she traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby senators and representatives for better funding of MBC research.
Vera married her best friend Gary Bierend in April of 1980 in Winnetka, CA.
They were able to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary just days before her passing. Vera was a devoted wife to Gary and mother to their two children.
Vera is survived by her husband Gary, her son Douglas, her daughter Melissa, and her mother Maria.
Vera will be interred at the Kern River Valley Cemetery next to her father Vaclav.
A memorial service has not been scheduled until large gatherings are once again permitted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that small donations be made to Metavivor, an all-volunteer group that advocates for women with Metastatic Breast Cancer, and Vera’s favorite charity.