1920 – 2021
Putnam – Rita (Blanchette) Bernier, 100, passed away on January 21, 2021 due to COVID 19 at Matulaitis Nursing Home.
Born in Central Falls Rl, on May 15,1920 to the late Hector and Yvonne (Chaput) Blanchette.
Rita was married to the late Gerard Bernier (July 1,1998) on September 21,1940. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Visitation Church in Putnam where she volunteered for many years, as well as in the cafeteria in St. Mary’s School. Rita retired from American Optical in 1982 after 25 years of service.
Rita leaves a son, Michael (Elaine) of Putnam and their children Neil Bernier of Putnam, Amy Carlone (Tony) of Bristol Rl., and Melody Thorstenson (Tim) of Danielson, a son Richard Bernier (Carol) of Tolland CT and their children Cheryl Antil (Michael) of Tolland, and Michelle Fogarty (Ed) of Madison CT; six great-grandchildren, Robert, Payton, Reid, Yvey, Joshua and Brandon and many nieces and nephews; and a sister, Priscilla Ethier of Millbury MA. She is predeceased by brothers, Roland Blanchette, Rene Blanchette, and Raymond Blanchette.
The family would like to thank the staff of A-Wing at Matulaitis Nursing Home for the exceptional care they gave her for over 5 years and especially during her last moments.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place for Rita at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Saint Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, 230 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made in Rita’s name to Matulaitis Nursing Home Activity Fund, 10 Thurber Rd., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.