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Rita O. Bernier

Posted By Wendy On January 21, 2021 @ 3:27 pm In Obituaries | 10 Comments

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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.

Condolences for the family of “Rita O. Bernier”

Condolence from Patricia Wester on January 21st, 2021 6:01 pm

My deepest sympathy to Rita’s family. She was the sweetest, kindest woman who always had a smile and friendly greeting for everyone she met. She was a favorite cafeteria lady among the teachers and students at St. Mary School during the many years that she volunteered. We will miss her. ❤️

Condolence from Harvey and Jane Duffany on January 21st, 2021 7:44 pm

To Rita’s family: Duffy and I are both very sorry to read that Rita has passed. She was the best room mate my mother (Celina Stafford) could have had. She watched over my mother and was a good, kind friend. Rita and I had a lot of laughs together and I am very glad I got the chance to know her.

Condolence from Anita Cloutier on January 21st, 2021 9:40 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about meme’ Rita. She was so sweet to everyone around her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.❤

Condolence from Kaleigh Sharp on January 22nd, 2021 3:30 am

My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Rita Bernier. I had the honor of caring for her during her stay at Matulaitis Nursing Home. She was always laughing, smiling, and interacting with the staff. She was loved by myself and many of the staff here at Matulaitis. She will be deeply missed.

Condolence from Marian Smat on January 22nd, 2021 8:45 am

She always had a smile for everyone remember her from church

Condolence from Mike and JoanneCoderre on January 22nd, 2021 9:19 am

Mike, Elaine and Bernier family,

Sorry to hear of your Moms passing, she was a great lady who lived a full life, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Mike & Joanne


Condolence from John and Susan Raye Eklund on January 22nd, 2021 9:59 am

To the Bernier family, we are so very sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Joyce Blanchette on January 22nd, 2021 11:51 am

My husband had so many wonderful memories of the time spent in her kitchen as a youth. She was so kind and welcomed me into the Blanchette family. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to her family.

Condolence from Charlene Durand on January 22nd, 2021 2:37 pm

Mike, Elaine and Family
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rita was such a sweet lady. Always smiling
whenever I would see her at the office or at meetings.

Condolence from Bill Duke on January 23rd, 2021 2:12 pm

Mike and Family, I was so saddened to receive the news of your mother’s passing. I always looked forward in getting an update on your mother or hearing your stories of times spent with her including her love of lobster rolls. I know you are left with many wonderful memories of her and may they carry you through this most difficult time.
My deepest sympathy,
Bill Duke

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