Priscilla C. Bernard

Published on Friday, 9 March 2018 17:24


Priscilla C. Bernard of New Britain died peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at The Summit of Plantsville surrounded by her loving family. Born in Lewiston, Maine, to Donat and Yvonne Hebert Rossignol, she lived there with her two sisters and six brothers until 1941 when the family moved to Connecticut and lived in New Britain for the rest of her life. She married Lorenzo E. Bernard in 1944 and had one son and four daughters. Priscilla worked for 21 years and then retired from Fafnir Bearing Company. During her life, she sang in the St. Jerome Choir for 12 years and was a member and also a gold medal recipient for serving 50 years in the St. Jean’s Women’s Auxiliary. After retirement, one of her greatest joys was going to the French Club with her friends to dance to the music of the “Old Tyme Fiddlers.” She also cherished family get-togethers with all her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Ken and wife Janice, Shirley Hart and husband, Ernie, Diane Genest and husband, Claude, Jeanine Levesque and husband, Romeo, and Donna Bernard; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a brother Janel Rossignol and wife, Emily, another brother, Claude Rossignol and wife, Louise, a sister, Muriel Masse and husband, Neuman, a sister-in-law June Eiselstein, and brother-in-law, Gerry Collin and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lorenzo E. Bernard, four brothers and one sister.

Friends and family are invited to calling hours Saturday, March 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Square, New Britain. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 1010 Slater Road, New Britain. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, 120 Smalley St., New Britain.

Priscilla’s family would like to thank all the wonderful staff who worked at The Summit, especially the Director of Nurses, supervisors, nurses and CNAs on the Summerset Floor who took such good care of her. They have provided our Mom with exceptional and compassionate care for the last few years and they have been like a second family to her as well. Also, a special thanks to the Athena Hospice which helped our family during this very difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “The Summit of Plantsville,” 261 Summit St., Plantsville, CT 06479 or Athena Home Health & Hospice, 135 South Road, Farmington, Ct. 06030.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, on Friday, 9 March 2018 17:24. Updated: Friday, 9 March 2018 17:27.