OBITUARY

Bernie Arsenault Gagne

July 1, 1926November 25, 2010

Bernadette “Bernie” Gagne, 84

Windham – Thanksgiving evening, November 25, 2010, Bernadette (Bernie) Rosalie Arsenault Gagne, 84, formerly of Hillside Street, Yarmouth peacefully joined her husband Frank, her parents, most of her siblings and many friends after Alzheimer’s took her life. Born on July 1, 1926, Bernie was the eighth of ten children of Rosalie DeRoche and Emanuel (Mike) Arsenault of Yarmouth, Maine and lived most of her life in Yarmouth with the exception of the last two and a half years where she resided at Ledgewood Manor in Windham.

A graduate of NYA, she attended business school and worked at New England Telephone in Yarmouth before getting married on Memorial Day, May 30, 1949. While raising three children, she worked for Down East Novelties in Yarmouth until rejoining the telephone company in Portland and later at Davis Farm Road, where she would always be known as Kitty’s (Catherine Arsenault) sister. After retiring, volunteer work for the Telephone Pioneers kept her busy.

The family camp on Upper Range Pond in Poland Spring was where the summers were spent with family and friends. Bernie loved sitting on the deck watching the stars and listening to the loons. The day was not complete without a crossword puzzle and the week incomplete unless a good book was read, preferable a biography. Antiquing, looking more than buying, was an enjoyment later in life along with spending time with family and friends. June 2001, Bernie and her two daughters travelled to Prince Edward Island to visit the village of Tignish where her parents were born.

Bernie was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a member of the Telephone Pioneers – Jasper Keller Chapter. She enjoyed attending Maine State Music Theatre performances and the Magic of Christmas concerts.

Bernie is survived by her children; Ann and her partner Joel Anderson of Poland Spring, Sue and her husband David DiMatteo of Windham and Dave of North Yarmouth and two of her sisters; Irene DeLorme of Yarmouth and Rita Rager of Silver Springs, Maryland and brothers-in-law, John MacDougall of South Portland and John Gagne of New Port Richey, Florida. She is predeceased by her husband Frank who passed in November 1990, three brothers Raymond, Louis and John Arsenault and four of her sisters; Catherine (Kitty) Arsenault, Winifred (Winnie) Verrill, Cecilia (Sally) Townsend and Josephine (Finn) MacDougall. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews.

Ann, Sue and Dave wish to thank the wonderful staff at Ledgewood Manor for taking care of Mom when she needed it the most.

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Maine Alzheimer’s Assoc, 170 US RT 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105 or the Ledgewood Manor Activities Department, 200 Tandberg Trail, Windham, ME 04062.

Visiting hours are 3-7:00 PM Wednesday December 1, 2010 at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A private viewing from 2-3:00 PM for family will be held prior to visiting hours. A memorial service will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Thursday also at Lindquist’s Funeral Home followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yarmouth.

Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video of Bernie’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with Bernie’s Family.

Services

  • Visiting Hours

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 2, 2010

  • Burial

    Thursday, December 2, 2010

Memories

Bernie Arsenault Gagne

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Carissa Clarke

December 2, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with Bernie's family at this sad time of loss. She was an amazing woman and I will miss her big brown eyes smiling at me every morning. I enjoyed taking care of her during her last year at Ledgewood.

Carissa Clarke

December 2, 2010

Your mother meant a great deal to me, and I very much enjoyed taking care of her during her last year at Ledgewood. She was an amazing lady and my thoughts and prayers are with her family at this saddening time.

Pat Blackadar

November 30, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

Dawn (Hathaway) Newell

November 28, 2010

Thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his sisters during this time of sorrow. I will always remember and cherish the conversations with Bernie on the deck of the residence at Hillside Street and the many times I was invited for dinner, as well as the many fond memories of spending time at the camp. So sorry for your loss.

Linda Ferreira

November 28, 2010

I'm sorry that I only visited you once in Windham. I'll miss you,lovely, and will play "I'll Be seeing You" on my ukulele for you.
My condolences to your children.
Niece Linda

Jane Townsend

November 28, 2010

Dear Ann, Sue, & Dave,My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have such nice memories of Aunt Bernie. I always considered her to be our "movie star" aunt as we were growing up. She was always so beautiful and pleasant. You have my deepest sympathy. Cousin Jane

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