Pomfret Ctr. – Bernice (Grabiak) Brown, AKA “Ma Brown” 77, of 400 Deerfield Rd., passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 13, 2016. She was the loving wife of the late Lewis James Brown, Sr. and a companion of the late Clarence V. Vitalis. Born in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Yaukauskas) Grabiak.
Mrs. Brown attended Vandergrift High School and was a homemaker who was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, bird watching, painting, watching wrestling and auto racing. She was also a lifetime member of the Woodstock Fair.
Bernice is survived by her daughters, Christine Papuga and her husband Christopher of Sterling, Lisa Dyer and her husband Christopher of Pomfret Ctr., and Angela Frechette of Danielson; her brother, Walter Grabiak and his wife Nancy of Leesburg, FL; her sisters, Ruth Roberto of Vandergrift, PA, Dorothy Humes of Wauregan, and Josephine League of Danielson; her grandchildren, Ayden Papuga, Shaun and Liam Dyer, Keith and Austin Frechette, and Michael Rosario; her great grandchildren, Owen and Logan Dyer and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, the late Lewis James Brown, Jr.; her daughter, the late Josephine Brown; her brothers, Frank Grabiak and Joseph Grabiak; her sisters, Mary Ann Zigus Zemba and Clarita Grabiak.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Bernice’s family on Friday December 16, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Gilman funeral home & Crematory, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Rd, Pomfret CT. A second Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2016 in St. James Catholic Church, 109 Owens View Rd., Apollo, PA, 15613 followed by burial in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, PA. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.