The Fortin Group

70 Horton Street, Lewiston, ME


Bernice L. Michel

December 5, 1926November 12, 2016

Portland - Bernice L. Michel, age 89 and a former resident of Bushey Circle in Lewiston, died late Saturday afternoon November 12th at Maine Medical Center with family at her side. She was born in Madawaska December 5, 1926 to Philip and Marie (Saucier) Lamarre. Bernice was educated in Madawaska schools and attended Madawaska High School. Before the end of high school, her parents moved the family to Lewiston where she resided for the rest of her years. On June 29, 1946 she married Roland E. Michel at St. Mary's Church. Bernice worked for many years in local shoe shops including Koss, Dorie, and Billen Shoe. After that she worked for several years at Bates College in Housekeeping until her retirement in 1990.

She was a member of Holy Family Church and a member and past president of Ladies of St. Anne at the former St. Mary's Church and was also a proud member of the National Basilica Guild in Washington, D.C. She enjoyed reading, cooking, playing cards, doing puzzles and knitting various items. In her younger years, she and her husband Roland were also avid bowlers in local leagues. Bernice was a lady of strong faith and a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and aunt with an admirable and incredible work ethic. She will be dearly missed. She leaves behind her son Richard Michel of Portland; three sisters Marie Couillard and husband Larry of Lewiston, Ruth Martin of Lewiston and Gilmay Lamarre of Turner; one brother Gilman Lamare of Lewiston; many nieces and nephews and her dog Sophie. Bernice was predeceased by her parents Philip and Marie, her husband Roland in 1981, her daughter Sue Michel in 2015, three brothers Norman in 2001, Herman in 1995 and Philip Jr. in 2005 and two sisters Vera Lamare in 2013 and Joan Labadie in 2014.

Messages of condolence may be shared by visiting her online guestbook at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com. Visitation FORTIN / LEWISTON Thurs. 3 -7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Fri. 1 PM at Holy Family Church. Committal to follow at St. Peter's Cemetery. Those wishing may make donations in her memory to the charity of one's own choice.

A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Service, 70 Horton St. LEWISTON 784-4584.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, November 18, 2016

  • Committal Prayers

    Friday, November 18, 2016


Bernice L. Michel

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November 16, 2016

Dear Richard and family,

Our condolences to you and your family.
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your mom comfort you and your family, today and always."

Roger M. & Yvonne F. Bouffard
Lewiston, Maine