Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Obituary of Patrick Bernier, 1962, Lowell, Massachusetts

I count 17 children. Were they all Noella's?

>>>Update- Per Jacqui's findings left in the comment section of this post.. No, they were not all Noella's. 12 children were born to Patrice "Patrick" Bernier and his wife Emilda Rousseau in Cap-St-Ignace. Please see the comment section for more information.

Obituary published in The Lowell Sun 27 Oct 1962, pg. 3

Patrick Bernier
Patrick Bernier, 80, husband of Mrs. Noella (Thurber) (Robillard) Bernier, died yesterday morning. He was born in Canada, the son of the late Ferdinand and Philomene Bernier and had been a resident of this community for
many years. He made his home at 694 Middlesex street and was a communicant of Notre dame de Lourdes church. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and of the Friends of Notre Dame de Lourdes. Besides his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Irene Bernier of Plainfield, Conn., Mrs. Gilberte Walsh of Packer, Conn., Mrs. Rebecca Johnson of Norwich, Conn., Mrs. Gracia Howarth of Plainfield Conn., Mrs. Rose Mainville of Norwich, Conn.; seven sons, Rudolph Bernier of Central Village Conn., Antonio Bernier, Valere Bernier and Armond Bernier all of Plainfield, Conn., Ferdinand Bernier of Central Village, Conn., Gerard Bernier and Paul Bernier of both of Plainfield, Conn.; four step daughters, Mrs. Edward Dubriel of Pelham, N. H., Miss Rita Robillard of Miami Beach, Florida, Mrs. Richard Therrien of Lowell and Mrs. Harold Rybacki of Dudley; a stepson, Henry Robillard of Chicopee; 15 grandchildren.

For reference to Patrick's age per Jacqui's finding's left in the comment section of this post.. Given Jacqui's information it seems most likely that Patrick was 80 when he died and not 60, and I have corrected the transcribed obituary above to reflect the given information.. But, in the sake of my own defense ( maybe I need glasses : ) I think you can see how I mistook the 80 for a 60. Let's see what other's think. Jacqui?

Actual size..



  1. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Hi Michelle,

    I found a Patrice Bernier, son of Ferdinand Bernier & Philomène Cloutier. As you'll see, in addition to the parents names, there are many things that point to your Patrick B. But, if I'm right, Patrick was much more than 60 when he died.
    Patrice Bernier m. Emilda Rousseau in Cap-St-Ignace on August 4, 1903.
    Children born in Cap-St-Ignace:
    1904 - Cécile IRÈNE
    1905 - Roméo RODOLPHE
    1907 - Jos. Patrice ANTONIO
    1908 - Jos. VALÈRE Orile
    I stopped there but if you want me to go further, let me know. As usual, if you want the acts, please get back to me.

  2. Anonymous2:01 PM

    I found a baptism for Joseph Patrice Amédée Bernier, born March 6, 1882, to Ferdinand Bernier and Philomène Cloutier in Cap-St-Ignace.
    BTW, I kept on with my search for Bernier/Rousseau's children and came up with these all born in Cap-St-Ignace:
    1909 - Simonne GILBERTE
    1912 - Jeannette REBECCA
    1913 - Napoléon ARMAND
    1917 - Ernest FERNAND
    1918 - Elzéar GÉRARD
    1919 - PAUL Émile
    1921 - ROSE Aimée
    So long,

  3. Thank you very much Jacqui. It seems very likely that this is the same Patrick. Thank you very much.

    And now that I look at the newspaper scan again it is most likely that I have mistaken the 80 as a 60.

    Let me know what you think. I will upload part of the scan in a few minutes : )