Bernadette Carter Carter McAleer

February 5, 1925November 8, 2012

McALEER Bernadette Carter McAleer, age 87, passed away at her home in Point Clear, AL on November 8, 2012. Bernadette "Chubby" was born on February 5, 1925 in Mobile, AL where she lived most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Arends McAleer Sr.; parents, Norman Lafayette and Etta Mae Ellsworth Carter; sisters, Catherine Carter, Etta Lee Carter Sciple, Margaret Carter Toenes, and Mary Frances Carter West. She is survived by her sisters Dorothy Carter (James) Dolan, Elizabeth Ann Davis, Eleanor Carter O'Brien, Norma Loretto "Nonie" (Dan) Hurley, her brother Robert Joseph Carter and her brother-in-law, Warren West. Married to Joseph Arends McAleer for 52 years, she was a loving wife and the mother of their seven children; Jeanne McAleer Sanderford, Patricia "Patty" McAleer Dorgan, (Billy) Joseph Arends "Mac" McAleer, Jr. (Pattie) Nanette Elizabeth Mcaleer "Libba" Tillman, (Lee) Sandra McAleer Middlebrooks, (Sherwood) John Norman "Jack" McAleer, (Jamie) and Shannon McAleer Silvernail, (Patrick). Bernadette is also survived by her 20 grandchildren; Carter Sanderford, Ryan Sanderford, Patricia Hayden, (Jeff) Pamela Lee, (Mike) Barbie Hasselbring, (Karl) Bernadette Switzer, William Dorgan, Jr., (Rebecca) Maureen Neuumann, (David) Becky Dickerson, (Matt) Karen Sipe, Joseph Arends McAleer III, (Amanda) Daniel Tillman, (Anna) Zachary Tillman, Jonathan Tillman, (Stefanie) Jeremy Middlebrooks, Lauren Johnson, (Dan) Jennifer Martin, (Phillip) Alexander McAleer, Emily "Emmie" Crump, (Judson) Vaughan Silvernail, (Courtney) as well as 33 great-grandchildren. Bernadette attended St. Mary's school and graduated from Visitation Academy. Once married to Joseph, she enjoyed being with her family mostly. She played golf for many years and was a member of Skyline Country Club Ladies' Golf Association. She accepted her declining health and was an inspiration to others who admired her sense of humor in the face of difficulty. Bernadette spent her last months at home with her family and care givers, including Mary Carmichael and nurses from Maxim and Covenant Hospice. Bernadette was a founding member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and became a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church when she moved "over the bay" in 2003. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. Dominic Church following the rosary and visitation at noon. The burial will be in Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, 352 Government St., Mobile, AL 36604.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bernadette Carter Carter McAleer

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Bill Hyatt

November 14, 2012

Mac, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing your Mom but I'm sure she had a long and wonderful life. Prayers to you and the family

Tim Creamer

November 13, 2012

Prayers out to you, Jack, and your family at this time of loss.

Mike Young

November 12, 2012

So Sorry to hear of your loss... Another Grand Lady from Saint Dominics.... Prayers Go out to you and Yours..

kathy Burnett

November 12, 2012

My heart felt sympathy to the McAleer family, especially Patty & Billy and their family. I know this was a big loss for you, but as you remember Mama Chubby and her beautiful spirit, may your dark days soon turn to sunshine. You know there was rejoicing in Heaven when she arrived! You will be in my prayers in the days ahead.

November 11, 2012

Dear McAleer family,
We are praying for all of you and know that you find comfort in the prayers of others and now a mother that prays for all of you from heaven.
Love and prayers,
The Means family from Winston Salem, NC

November 10, 2012

TO all McAleers and Patty and Billy Dorgan,
Sorry for your loss. Momma Chubby was a great lady. Sorry I can't be there. Love you all. She will be greatly missed but is very happy.
Christi Dorgan in La Luz, New Mexico

Paul Burkholder

November 9, 2012

The McAleer family were the source of many great memories. Sorry for your loss.
Paul & Ann Burkholder

Tim & Penny Claiborne

November 9, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know that the last few months have been tough but now she has her eternal reward. May God bless you and your family.

November 9, 2012

Dear Sandra and Buster, Dick and I send our condolences to you and your family, we will pray for your mother. We hope that this message will help you in your time of sorrow. God bless you and your family. Gayle and Dick Denman

November 9, 2012

Dear McAleer Family, We send our love and prayers during this special time. Michael and Lisa Zoghby