T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS


Bernardette 'Bern' Ann Schella

November 21, 1943July 18, 2019

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bernardette Ann (MacNeil) Schella on 18 July .Bernardette was born on 21 November 1943 to the late Bernard and Mary (MacDonald) MacNeil. Bern left in her sleep after suffering with many illnesses over the years; with her loving husband Wally, of 51 years by her side. Bern was a loving and caring person who shared her humour and laughter with everyone she met. Her infectious smile brought joy, laughter and friendship to the many she met in Alberta, Sydney and the hospitals in Sydney and Halifax. She will be missed by the many friends that she truly enjoyed throughout her life, in the Bingo halls, bowling alleys or the travels to her husband’s places of employment. She was caring; loving and sympathetic to all.

Bern is survived by husband Wally; sons Jason (Laura); Moncton, Jaret; Edmonton and Darin; Sydney and cherished granddaughter Ava; Moncton; sister Corinne; brothers Billy and Brent many loved cousins; nieces and nephews. Bern was predeceased by her parents, daughter in law Gail Jones, brothers Donnie; Jimmy(Jake) and Dougie (Bunny); sisters Peggy MacMullin ; Deanie MacNeil ; Florence MacNeil and Joan Arlene.

A funeral service will be held on July 23rd 2019, at 1:30 pm at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, with Fr. Bill Burke presiding. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bern’s name can be made to Diabetes Society, or Pallative Care.


  • Wally Schella, Husband
  • Bernard MacNeil, Father (deceased)
  • Mary (MacDonald) MacNeil, Mother (deceased)
  • Jason (Laura) Schella, Son
  • Ava Schella, Granddaughter
  • Jaret Schella, Son
  • Darin Schella, Son
  • Corinne ., Sister
  • Billy ., Brother
  • Brent ., Brother
  • Donnie MacNeil, Brother (deceased)
  • Jimmy 'Jake' MacNeil, Brother (deceased)
  • Dougie 'Bunny' MacNeil, Brother (deceased)
  • Peggy MacMullin, Sister (deceased)
  • Florence MacNeil, Sister (deceased)
  • Joan Arlene, Sister (deceased)
  • Gail Jones, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Bernadette is also survived by many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Bernardette 'Bern' Ann Schella

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Sandy Kucy

July 25, 2019

I met Bern when she and Wally and the kids moved to Ft. McMurray so many years ago. We were best friends from the day we met and remained that way until her passing. She was my garage sale buddy and we had many a laugh out on these weekly scavenger hunts. I will miss her so much even though we haven't seen each other since she moved back to Sydney. Will miss you forever, my friend!

Carrie Gillis

July 22, 2019

My sincerest condolences to all the family. I remember visiting with Bernadette a few times. And the one memory I will always have was her infectious laugh. I always laugh thinking about it.
Rest in peace Bernadette. Xoxo

Debbie Silva

July 21, 2019

My best friend Bernie, You will be in my heart forever as the one person that always stood beside me no matter what. Among so many memories with you like going to Bingo with our friends or just chatting & laughing about silly things, the most cherished one is when we went on the road trip with Corrine and the dog was chasing us lol. I don't think I have laughed so hard with you and we still laugh about that today. I will miss you everyday my friend. You will always hold a special place in my heart Bern :(.
I love you & I know that I will see you again


Paula Jockemeck Galbraith

July 20, 2019

I will always remember Bernadette's wonderful smile and laughter. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by her family and friends. My condolences to all.

Derek Briggs

July 19, 2019

Jason, and Family, condolences on your loss. Deepest sympathies