Bernice Marie Jendrasko
August 31, 1935 – May 11, 2019
Bernice Marie (Roberts) Jendrasko 1935 – 2019 PORTLAND – Bernice Marie (Roberts) Jendrasko, “Ma”, 83, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at her home in Portland. She was born on August 31, 1935, daughter to the late Benjamin Charles and Frances Estelle (Vail) Roberts.
Bernice lived in Houlton until the age of 12, and lived in Milo during her Jr. High years. Her freshman year of high school, she moved to Portland and attended Portland High School, where she met the love of her life Richard (Chip) Jendrasko. Together they shared a loving marriage of 61 years. During high school she worked in the ticket booth at the State Theatre and W.T. Grants Store. She graduated in 1953. She later worked at Days Jewelry on Congress St. in accounts and bookkeeping. She attended Wiliston Church for many years, also taught Sunday School, and was a Den Mother for Pack 96.
The absolute center of Ma’s life was her family. She enjoyed them more than anything, and was undoubtedly the matriarch of her family. She always had an open door policy at home, where many kids would be treated as her own, with food always ready for those in need. Ma loved the holidays, especially Christmas. She enjoyed bowling when she was younger, camping with family at Sebago State Park, made crafts and sold them at the Mercy Christmas Fair. She had a love for cooking for her family and anybody who walked through her door. Bernice was “famous” for Nana’s Relish, which she took great pride in. Later on, one of her favorite pastimes was going to the casinos and playing the slot machines. She loved animals, and would spend many hours watching the birds in her back yard, her cats and dogs, and her backyard “critters” that would come by for a meal including, squirrels, skunks, possums, raccoons and even foxes.
She is survived by her husband; her seven children, Frances Jendrasko-Caterina, Benjamin Jendrasko and wife Theresa, Leon Jendrasko and partner Paula, Ann Marie, Richard Jendrasko Jr. and wife Deborah, Lynn LaRochelle and husband Richard, and Peter Jendrasko and wife Kristine; her brother, William Roberts and wife Shirley; her 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Bernice’s online guestbook at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com Bernice’s family would like to thank the staff of Northern Lights Hospice for their loving care and support during her final days.
Donations may be made in Bernice’s memory to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, 217 Landing Road, Westbrook, ME 04092.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 3pm to 7pm at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10am at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home. A committal will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine, 04103. 775-3763.
- Benjamin Charles Roberts, Father
- Frances Estelle Roberts, Mother
- Richard Jendrasko Sr., Husband
- Frances Jendrasko-Caterina, Daughter
- Benjamin Jendrasko, Son
- Theresa Jendrasko, Daughter-in-law
- Leon Jendrasko, Son
- Paula ., Leon's Partner
- Ann Marie ., Daughter
- Richard Jendrasko Jr., Son
- Deborah Jendrasko, Daughter-in-law
- Lynn LaRochelle, Daughter
- Richard LaRochelle, Son-in-law
- Peter Jendrasko, Son
- Kristine Jendrasko, Daughter-in-law
- William Roberts, Brother
- Kristine Roberts, Sister-in-law
- 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
- Time of Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
Bernice Marie Jendrasko
Eddie and Millie McDonough
May 16, 2019
Chippy and Children: How sorry we are for Bernice's passing. Our apologies for not being able to come to her service. Our memories of Bernice are vivid and full of laughter and fun. She loved to kid with Eddie and usually got the best of him. I remember when working at Maine Medical Center, I'd sometimes walk to West Street with my bag lunch to see Bernice, Uncle Richard, the kids and dogs, especially the over-sized one named Hoss. Bernice would scold me for bringing lunch and insisted she feed me, which was great.
She was one of a kind, lots of fun, energy, and always being there for her family.
Again, please accept our deepest condolences.
Love to All, Eddie, Millie, Kim & Eddie III
May 14, 2019
Rick and I were so sorry to hear of Bernice's passing. Rick often talks about how good she was to the Vail family when they were growing up. We will miss her infectious laugh and generous spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Jendraskos during this sad time.
May 14, 2019
My deepest condolences to Dick, Francis, Benjamin, Ann Marie, Leon, Lynn, Chippy and Peter I am so very sorry for your loss. Bernice was an amazing woman and my childhood is full of wonderful memories of her. I'll never forget how she would pack all her kids and myself and others in the neighborhood into her station wagon and take us to the lake or beach. It was always a good time.
I also have very fond memories over sleeping over at the West Street house. It was a huge house filled with love and laughter.
God Bless you all...
May 14, 2019
Mrs. Jendrasko or Mrs. "J" always had an open door for her children's friends as I found out when I became good friends with her son Benny. She would always be cooking something that smelled wonderful and would offer up a plate and a seat at the table to all of us. Benny and I became roommates and Mrs. J regularly would bring great meals to us. Particularly golumpkis. To this day hers were the best I ever tasted.
I lost my mom when I was young and Mrs. J knew this and she went out of her way to make me feel like a member of her family.
She was a wonderful person with a big heart and we are diminished with her passing.
Rest in Peace Mrs. J, hope to see you on the other side because I know that you are going to a good place.