Nina F. Bernardo

March 14, 1932November 18, 2021

Nina F. (Bille) Bernardo, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Falmouth Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert Bernardo.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late Leo and Santa (Ionadi) Bille. She was preceded in death by her daughter Patricia Lee, son David R. Gardner Jr and daughter Sandy Pelletier

Nina is survived by her immediate family which includes Susan (Gardner) Pleau husband, David , Karen Gardner, Leanne (Gardner) Braman, her partner Tom, Donna Orphan, husband Mike, Robert Bernardo wife Lori, and Steven Bernardo. Grandchildren, Gina Tamagini, Krystell Pleau, Adam Gardner, Daniel Gardner, Christopher Gardner, and great granddaughter Nina Hatfield.

She loved her extended family which includes many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her caring gestures and bright smile led to her having many friends and acquaintances. Nina worked as a nurses aide for a number of years then as a teacher's aide for the Bourne School District. She loved working with the children and made many friends with her co-workers.

She liked to read, go for sightseeing car rides, and spend time with family and friends. Nina was strong willed, proud, compassionate, thoughtful, generous, and wise. Her love for tradition, family, and cooking led to her recipes being handed down to the next generation. Nina was an inspiration to everyone with her courage, strength, and love.

She will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021 at St. Margaret's Church 141 Main Street Buzzards Bay, MA. Burial to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Visitation 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bernardo family.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 28, 2021

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, November 29, 2021


Nina F. Bernardo

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theresa LabrettoGratis

November 28, 2021

God Bless both of them/many fond memories over the years. Theresa Labretto Gratis

Don and Diane Goguen

November 26, 2021

Through our friendship with Sandy Bernardo Pelletier, we have enjoyed Nina's warm hospitality. Nina was kind and put others' needs before her own.

Our sincere condolences to the Bernardo and Pelletier families.

Don and Diane Goguen

Jill Vella

November 22, 2021

I fondly remember working with Nina at the Bourne School Department. We shared many laughs and made a lot of good memories until she retired. She was such a sweet person with a sense of humor......she will be sincerely missed by so many.

Peggy Willis

November 21, 2021

Nina my dear, dear friend. You helped me through a lot in my life. I will always remember our afternoon tea together. You were one of a kind . Just like the mother I deserved ,you are the most special personi’’ve ever met.

Gina Tamagini

November 19, 2021

My Nauna was also my "other mother", she was always there for me. She was so beautiful, kind, nurturing, and loving. She had such a big heart and was accepting of anyone. I know God has her now. She's our heavenly guardian angel. With a heavy heart Nauna I will miss you more than anything. I love you so much and you will forever be in my heart.

Cathie and Richard Cox

November 18, 2021

Our condolences to the Gardner and Bernardo families. I first met Nina many years ago when she taught me how to be a caregiver at the old Cape Cod Nursing Home. I had the pleasure of occasionally seeing her at family events over the years.
Rest In Peace Nina.