Loretta Mae Bernier
July 16, 1933 – November 18, 2018
Loretta M. Bernier, a long time resident of Niantic, passed away after a long illness, surrounded by the love of her family on Saturday, November 17. She was born to the late Dorothy and Francis Berube on July 16, 1933 in Northampton, MA. She leaves her husband, Rene Henry Bernier and her three children: Rene of Spring, TX, Paul of Danbury, CT and Joel Bernier of Hudson, MA, along with her grandchildren and the many friends and students she touched during her life.
Loretta worked for 20 years as the Library Media Specialist at Old Lyme High School after returning to school and receiving her Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island. She was active in numerous organizations including the American Association of University Women, the O’Neill Theater Center and Monte Cristo Cottage, the East Lyme Art League, Lyme and Mystic Art Associations, and the East Lyme Library Board. Loretta was a longtime parishioner and volunteer at St. Agnes Church in Niantic.
Always inquisitive, Loretta took cooking and art classes for years. She was an excellent and generous cook whose apple pies warmed many hearts through the years. Loretta taught Italian cooking in Niantic and her award winning pastels were exhibited and sold in Old Lyme, Mystic and East Lyme.
She “fell in love with, and married the boy next door” and spent the next 62 years with her constant companion and love of her life, Rene. They traveled, lived in Italy and have enjoyed each others company in sickness and in health.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1PM until 3PM at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic, CT 06357. A memorial service will immediately follow at 3PM in the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the many dedicated caregivers at Maplewood that were there for Loretta through her final illness. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Organization (www.alz.org), or to the charitable organization of your choice.
- Calling Hours Saturday, December 1, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 1, 2018
Loretta Mae Bernier
Peter and Barbara GUERRA
November 26, 2018
Dear Bernier family,
We are indeed saddened by the passing of our dear friend. Many are the wonderful memories we shared with Loretta and Rene, lovingly referred to as "my favorite husband."
Whether it was in Florida, Italy, or a day trip to the Culinary Institute, we had such great adventures
And to think it all began with Peter's talking about his fellow artist friend Loretta, and my speaking of my AAUW friend Loretta from book discussions! How delighted we were to learn we were both referring to the same talented gal!
Our St. Agnes family was truly blessed by her many contributions, materially and spiritually.
May you rest in peace, dear Loretta, and receive that well deserved welcome, "Well done, My good and faithful servant!"