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“Our sincere condolences to the Duffy family for the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provides his care and comfort you...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Your neighbor.. - MA

“I am very sorry for your loss. Bernie was a wonderful woman. I'm happy to have met her at the Leland home. Keeping you all in my thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Cavanaugh - Waltham MA, MA

“Dear Kelly and Family -Even though I never met Bernie, I know how loved and dear she was to you. I will miss hearing stories and asking about her. ...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Betsy Cutler - Norwood, MA

“Dear Janet and family: My sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear Aunt Bernie.I know she meant so much to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: grace alberico - Waltham, MA

“Janet, Jack and all the Maguire family, Alice, John and Paul:Bernie was a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face and always looked like...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Carol and Dick Oliveri - Waltham, MA

“Dear Janet,John and family, I am sorry to hear of Bernadettes passing. We were able to cross paths again and exchanged many many fond memories. As...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Ms. Bernadette I. Duffy died Friday, June 14, 2019 in The Leland Home. She was 97.

Bernadette was born July 2, 1921 in Waltham a daughter of the late John J. and Isabella L. (Biggins) Duffy. A lifelong Waltham resident she was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School.

Bernie worked as a physical therapist in the office of Dr. James Helms in Watertown for many years before retiring.

An active member and communicant of Saint Mary's Parish she served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of its Ladies Sodality; member and past-president of the Waltham Women's Club, member and past-president of the Waltham Weston Hospital Auxiliary, South Side Waltham Senior Citizens, Waltham Chapter of the American Cancer Society, longtime volunteer at Maristhill Nursing Home, Waltham Hospital and the Waltham Council on Aging.

In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her siblings, the late Lawrence Duffy, Aloysius 'Al' Duffy, Catherine Duffy, Marie L. Duffy and Francis Duffy.

She leaves nieces and nephews including Janet M. Maguire (Jack), John Duffy (late Mary), all of Waltham, Paul Duffy (Edna) of Amelia Island, Florida, Alice Duffy of Freedom, New Hampshire; many great-nieces & great-nephews; great-great nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Bernadette's life by gathering on Wednesday, June 19th day in Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham, for her Funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made Leland Home, 21 Newton Street, Waltham, MA 02453.