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Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA

OBITUARY

Bernice Petitjean

May 2, 1939October 22, 2019
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Bernice M. Petitjean, 80, of New Bedford, MA passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at Life Care Center of Raynham.

Bernice was born to Manuel and Emily (Armory) Mathias on May 2nd, 1939 in New Bedford, MA. She lived in New Bedford all of her life and found work at Mars Bargain Land & Titleist. Later on, she was able to earn her GED which allowed her to become a CNA, a career in which she took great pride in.

Bernice was married to Charles Petitjean for 35 years and was known for her meticulous cleaning skills, cooking, knitting, her love of Scrabble games, and the love she had for the patients she served, her faith, her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren. Bernice became a Christian later on in her life, attending church at Long Plain Baptist Church every Sunday and taking part in weekly bible studies.

She is survived by her 5 children: her daughter Donna (Letourneau) and husband Mark Ellis of Berkley, MA, and her sons: Wayne L’Heureux of California, Scott and his wife Joanne L’Heureux of Carver, MA, Curt and his wife Kelly L’Heureux of New Bedford, MA and Brian and his wife Dawn L’Heureux of Freetown, MA. Her grandchildren: Erica and her husband Zachary Souza, Stephanie el Halabi, Ashley Letourneau, Kyle and his wife Amanda Letourneau, Christopher L’Heureux, Tiffanee L’Heureux, Brittney L’Heureux, and Whitney L’Heureux, Robert Sanders, and Aaren and her husband Mike Dickey . Her great-grandchildren: Weston, Ellis, and Hazel Souza, Isabella and Gianna el Halabi, Bentley Letourneau, Blake Sanders, Alexis Sanders, Shelby, Ryan, and Jacob Dickey. Bernice is also survived by her nephew David and his wife Debbie Santos. She is predeceased by her brother Robert and his wife Nellie "Nat" Mathias, her sister Ruth Santos and her former husband Leo L'Heureux.

Visiting hours will be held at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home at 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA on October 27, 2019 from 4pm to 7pm. A private burial will be held at a later date.

For directions and online condolences please visit www.nickersonbournefuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Manuel Mathias, Father (deceased)
  • Emily Mathias, Mother (deceased)
  • Charles Petitjean, Husband
  • Donna Letourneau, Daughter
  • Mark Ellis, Son-in-law
  • Wayne L’Heureux, Son
  • Scott L’Heureux, Son
  • Joanne L’Heureux, Daughter-in-law
  • Curt L’Heureux, Son
  • Kelly L’Heureux, Daughter-in-law
  • Brian L’Heureux, Son
  • Dawn L’Heureux, Daughter-in-law
  • She is also survived by her grandchildren: Erica and her husband Zachary Souza, Stephanie el Halabi, Ashley Letourneau, Kyle and his wife Amanda Letourneau, Christopher L’Heureux, Tiffanee L’Heureux, Brittney L’Heureux, and Whitney L’Heureux, Robert Sanders, and Aaren and her husband Mike Dickey . Her great-grandchildren: Weston, Ellis, and Hazel Souza, Isabella and Gianna el Halabi, Bentley Letourneau, Blake Sanders, Alexis Sanders, Shelby, Ryan, and Jacob Dickey. Bernice is also survived by her nephew David and his wife Debbie Santos. She is predeceased by her brother Robert and his wife Nellie "Nat" Mathias, her sister Ruth Santos and her former husband Leo L'Heureux.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visiting Hours Sunday, October 27, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Will be Private

Memories

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Steven L'Heureux

November 5, 2019

My deepest sympathies to all my cousins at the loss of your Mom. I thank you all so much for sharing so many great pictures of you and your Mom here. It was a nice blast from the past and good to see all of you, even if not in person.
I always loved your Mom, she was a wonderful and kind lady to me. I always remember her and my Dad dancing together, like they were floating on air, they made a perfect dance team!
I look forward to seeing her again in our heavenly home!

Louise L’Heureux

October 24, 2019

To a beautiful lady, my Godmother and Aunt Bernice! I loved that I was a part of your family while growing up! I have so many memories of sleepovers with Donna! We had so many laughs as young girls and enjoyed each other’s company! I remember you coming over to pierce my ears one evening and we had no ice! Arrangements were made for another day! I love you, Aunt Bernice and thank you for your love in return! I loved watching you and my dad dancing on the dance floor and your laugh was contagious! I can still remember your smile, it was beautiful! You always made me feel special and I am forever grateful for the loving memories! With love and prayers, I will miss you, Aunt Bernice. Godspeed❤️

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