However, she returned to Brunant in 1922 and was cast in the romance film De Prinses (1924) alongside actor Joe Bertin. They fell in love and had a son Martin, born in 1925, but Joe left her that year. She married Philip Melker in 1928, who adopted her son and gave him his last name. Berner would not make talking films and was fired by her film company. She entered a period of depression and died penniless in 1933 from overdrinking.
Berner was the great-grandmother of actress Cristiane Melker, the granddaughter of her son Martin.