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Lange- Bernard, A.
Boston architect Bernard Alexander Lange, 97, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Phyllis Bianchi Lange, co-founder and president of The House of Bianchi, in 2010, as well as by his brother, John, and his sister, Marie. He leaves his daughters, Dena L. Lawton of Keswick, VA, Barbara L. Hartwell of Southborough, MA and Bonita Beach, FL, Silena Larkin of Tampa, FL, and Rita Raponi of Medford, MA; his grandchildren, Kara L. Hill of Tampa, FL, Philip N. Lawton III of Norfolk, VA, Elizabeth L. Bartels of Alexandria, VA, Lynne Hartwell of North Hollywood, CA, Douglas Hartwell of Marlborough, MA, and Michael Raponi of Medford, MA; and his great-grandchildren, Jessica Hill, Jack Hill, William Finley Bartels, and Annabelle Bartels.

Bernard was born to John A. Lange and Alice Butler Lange in St. Louis, MO, on April 22, 1919. Following his graduation with a degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 1941, he worked in the marine engineering department of Babcock and Wilcox, where he designed boilers for merchant and naval ships. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 and, after attending Communications School at Harvard, served aboard the SS Examiner and the SS Benjamin Goodhue. He was discharged from active duty as a Lieutenant JG in 1946 and from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1954.

As an architect, Bernard specialized in designing churches. He worked with Arland A. Dirlam before establishing the Boston firm of Lange & Lambert in 1956. Among the many houses of worship he designed across New England are the House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Hingham, MA, the Wesley United Methodist Church in Dorchester, MA, and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Dover, New Hampshire. Bernard also designed the Lange-Bianchi house in Lexington, MA. He was an active member of St. Brigid’s Church in Lexington, MA, and served for many years as a Trustee of the Walter E. Fernald State School in Waltham, MA.

A funeral service will be held on Monday July 25 at 11am in the Story Chapel of Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Interment to follow within the cemetery. In place of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to LifePath Hospice-Chapters Health, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300 West, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 or