Bernadette Crenella

January 10, 1922April 3, 2019

Bernadette (Brousseau) Crenella, a longtime resident of New Britain, passed away on April 4 at the age of 97. She was born in Lyster, Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Leontine Brousseau. Married to John for over 71 years, she left a short career as a secretary to stay home and raise their 4 four children. In addition to her husband John, she is survived by: daughter Joan Mariotti, 3 sons and their wives; Gerald and Maria, Richard and Ann, David and Lisa, sister Agnes Archacki, 6 grandchildren, a great grandson and several nieces and nephews. She was a talented seamstress making anything from dresses to drapes. She enjoyed square dancing, bowling, playing cards and solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:00AM from the New Britain Memorial & Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave. New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM from the Divine Providence Parish of New Britain-St Joseph Church, 195 South Main St. New Britain. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, April 8th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at the funeral home. For directions and online condolences please visit


  • Joseph Brousseau, Father
  • Leontine Brousseau, Mother
  • John Crenella, Husband
  • Joan Mariotti, Daughter
  • Gerald and Maria Crenella, Son and his wife
  • Richard and Ann Crenella, Son and his wife
  • David and Lisa Crenella, Son and his wife
  • Agnes Archacki, Sister
  • Bernadette Crenella also leaves 6 grandchildren, a great grandson and several nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.


  • Calling Hours Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Brief Gathering Prior to Church Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bernadette Crenella

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Jennifer Aust

April 6, 2019

I love and will miss you Grandma. I will always remember you watching me while my parents worked. Picking fresh rhubarb from your garden and sprinkling sugar on it. Letting me play in your boots so I could pretend I was Wonder Woman. And forgiving me for locking you in the basement! Go glad you got to meet your great grandson. You will be missed.