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, 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?