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On vacation alone. “Although I never met Susan , Jerry is my cousin . He will remember by my father and his Uncle Charlie & Aunt Claire . I Want to send my deepest ...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Charlene "Bernard" Watson - NC

“Dear Sandy ... I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Lynn Keith ( aspero) - Friend

“My deepest sympathies to all of you . I have fond memories of your mom as we grew up . Such a nice lady . ”
3 of 31 | Posted by: Kathy Daige (Brenner ) - MA

“Uncle Jerry, Joe, Sandy & Jennifer,It was a nice service. Peace be with you all.Love,Ed, Nancy, Stacy & Keith ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Stacy Dupuis Barr - Cary, NC

“Jerry & Family, Deepest sympathy to you and your family for the passing of your wife/mother. You will all be kept in our prayers!! ”
5 of 31 | Posted by: Mike & Sharon Belanger - Friend

“We shared many great memories. Her smile always shined bright. My darling children and I will miss her very much. I send my love to everyone who got...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Kimberlee Ciufo - MA - Grandchild

“Jerry and family my sincere condolences on the passing of Susan. She will be missed by all. ”
7 of 31 | Posted by: Marie Brissette - Worcester, MA

“My deepest condolences Jerry, to you and the family on the heartfelt loss of Sue, a wonderful person who truely loved her family and life and was my...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Skip & Wanda White - Friend

“MartinSorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
9 of 31 | Posted by: Jean Diaz - Coworker

“Jerry & family My deep & heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your beloved Susan Beloved wife mom & grandmother A good friend to so many May Susan RIP ”
10 of 31 | Posted by: Judy Polito - Shrewsbury, MA

“Our deepest condolences to the Bernard family. Your mom always had a beautiful smile and kind word to say to everyone she met. May she rest in peace. ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: Dick & Linda Adams - Worcester, MA

“Jerry, Sandy, Joe, Jen and Family, So sorry to hear of Sue's passing. We all have very fond memories of the Bernard family growing up off Walnut...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Karen Coghlin - Shrewsbury, MA

“I celebrated our birthday yesterday. Thanks for having the same birthday as me -- it always meant so much when I was young. I never forgot that,...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Keith Dupuis - Carrboro, NC

“Sandy I am sending my warmest thoughts and love for the loss of your mom. I have wonderful memories of her teaching CCD in her living room. She was...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Leigh Pranckevicius - Holden, MA

“Rest in peace by dear friend. You will forever live in our hearts. Dolores, Rusty, and family ”
15 of 31 | Posted by: Dolores Nadeau - Shrewsbury, MA

“Uncle Jerry,Ray and I are so sorry for your loss , You were such an influential person in Rays life and we remember all the good times we spent...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Raymond Bernard - Family

“Sandy, So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Kathy Quinlan - Friend

“Condolences to the Bernard Family. It has been many years since I have seen Susan but cousin Ann Marie spoke of her often. May she Rest In Peace and...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Cathi McManus-Joseph - Friend

“Jerry, Karen and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family over Sue's passing. We both remember her great personality and how involved...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Bob Konetzny - Friend

“Uncle Jerry,I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will miss Aunt Susan's smile the most. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.Love,Misty ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Misty Chappell - Houston, TX

“Our deepest sympathy in your lossJim and lisa birnie ”
21 of 31 | Posted by: Jim Birnie

“Uncle Jerry, Sandy, Joe & Jen - Thank you for reaching out to us. Please may the good memories overtake your pain and sorrow at this heartbreaking...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Stacy Barr - Family

“Jerry, Sandy, Joe, Jen-I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of time spent at your house with your mom growing up. Keeping...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Betsy Garofoli Cullen - Friend

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Sue was a beautiful person with a loving and generous soul. We have many fond memories of...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: The Baima Family - Friend

“Gerry & Family,I’m so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. She was a wonderful caring lady & you took such good care of each other. May the...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Franchi - Friend

“Aunt Susan was such a special, loving woman. So many wonderful childhood memories to cherish. I specifically remember times at Hampton Beach, when...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Colleen O'Rourke - Rutland, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the Bernard family. Peter & Vicki Cavanna ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: Vicki Cavanna - Shrewsbury, MA

“I am sorry to hear you all stay safe ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Robert Brisson - Murrieta, CA

“Just wanted to send some love your way . My heartfelt condolences to you all. ”
29 of 31 | Posted by: Heather Lowe - Moultonborough, NH

“Jerry. On behalf of all your brother Knights at Adelphi 4181. Please accept our Condolences on the passing of your wife. John V. Martello G.K.,DD14 ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: john Martello - Shrewsbury, MA

“So sorry for your loss Sandy, Matt and family! ”
31 of 31 | Posted by: Marianne Boudreau - Shrewsbury, MA


Sue Bernard adored her family! It began when she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald E. Bernard on September 1, 1962 at Saint Mary's Church. They were each other's life partner through so many different facets of life. For over 28 years Sue managed the office for Jerry and their sons' well-known and respected business, Bernard Electric, until 2010 when they retired.

Jerry was an active member of Adelphi Council #4181 Knights of Columbus. Sue was often accompanying him to the many social activities sponsored by the council, but close to her heart was its special needs program where she was an active volunteer. They treasured their wonderful friendships that developed through the years from their involvement in Adelphi Council.

In early years Sue taught in the CCD program at Saint Mary's Church and served as a Den Mother for her sons' Cub Scout troop. She was an active volunteer in the Shrewsbury Public Schools and worked as an aide at Shrewsbury Nursing Home.

Sue and her husband resided at Walnut Drive before moving to Oak Street where she treasured visits from family and friends, as hosting was her pleasure. In later life she greatly appreciated visits from Fr. O'Connell who touched her spiritual nature.

Sue died peacefully on Monday, August 17, 2020 with her family beside her. She was 76.



Born on August 21, 1943 in Worcester she was the daughter of the late Ovila D. (Lefty) and Helen T. (O'Connell) Adams. As a lifelong Shrewsbury resident, she was a graduate of Shrewsbury High School, class of 1961.

They suffered immeasurable loss with the unexpected death of her son, Gerald E. Bernard Jr. on September 27, 2007. She is also predeceased by her brother, David Adams and brothers-in-law, Raymond, and Donald Bernard.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, Jerry, she leaves their children; Sandra J. Marcello (Matthew) of South Yarmouth, Joseph D. Bernard (Jenn) of Holden, Jennifer A. Smith (Martin) of Sutton, her daughter-in-law, Lisa Bernard of Spencer; grandchildren, Kimberlee & Allyson Bernard, Matthew & Christopher Marcello, Maxwell & Brady Horgan; sisters, Lois Lowe and Nancy Dupuis (Ed), as well as great granddaughters, Amelia & Julia and many nieces & nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25th at Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury per capacity limitations and following Covid-19 guidelines. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. Those unable to attend we invite you to view Sue's services by visiting http://distantlink.com/joyce.html at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25th. Please understand that there are no calling hours per Sue's wishes.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Shrewsbury Special Needs Program | Parks & Recreation | 100 Maple Avenue | 2nd Floor | DPW Office | Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Arrangements by James & John Heald.

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Mountain View Cemetery

Rt. 140 Boylston Street Shrewsbury, MA 01545