MARQUETTE, MI. – On June 6th, 2013, Jeannette R. Bernard, age 99 of Marquette, passed away at her residence at 903 Division Street surrounded by her beloved family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20th at St. Peter Cathedral. There will be a visitation from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm prior to the Mass in the Bishop’s Room of the cathedral.
A dinner will be provided at the church immediately following the Mass. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mrs. Bernard was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel E. (Ted) Bernard; a son, Thomas L. and a daughter Ellen Bernard (Hansen) Sisk.
As a young girl, Jeannette was a proud member of the 4-H Club which provided her with a wealth of knowledge and memorable travel opportunities. She was one of six girls born to Joseph and Elizabeth (Brassard) Tousignant of Chocolay Township where she was raised on a farm together with her five sisters. This led to her life-long love of gardening, which she enjoyed until her 99th year.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, its choir and Altar Society. Jeannette was an avid music lover. She played the violin and in fact met her husband playing at the Grange Hall in Chocolay Township. She was much adored and admired by the local music community. She and her husband, Ted, were interviewed by The Smithsonian Institute for their knowledge of local music.
Jeannette was crowned Ms. “Harvest Queen” for Marquette County in 1931. In June of 2012 a concert at Kaufman Auditorium in her honor was performed by her son, Robert Bernard, grandson, Seth Bernard, his wife, May, and Kailin Young. She was presented with a CD of waltzes dedicated to her entitled: “Harvest Queen.”
Surviving are 4 children, Stephen D. (Martha) Bernard of Bannister, MI, Robert J. Bernard of Lake City, MI, Christine M. (Raymond) Evert of McLean, VA and Edward P. (Risa) Bernard of Marquette; 10 grandchildren, Beth (Charles) Colligan of Herndon, VA., Jen Bernard and Wendy Bernard (Miles) Histand of Portland, OR., Jane Hansen and Sarah Hansen (Eric Spence) of New York City, Jason (Lindsey) Bernard of Marquette, Devin (Barbara) Evert of Richmond, VA., Seth (May) Bernard of Traverse City, MI., Ben Bernard of Marquette and Leah Evert of Arlington, VA. She also leaves her sister, Leona Wood of Escanaba, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to thank the staff of U.P. Home Health for their many years of in-home care.
They would also like to thank Arcadia and U.P. Home Hospice for their unfailing, compassionate care-giving and for bringing great comfort to Jeannette and her family during a very difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the AMCAB Meals on Wheels program, 1125 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com.