Madeline Bernard

Madeline Bernard

Friday, August 31st, 1928 Friday, October 30th, 2020

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Obituary for Madeline Bernard (Welch)

Madeline (Welch) Bernard passed away peacefully on Friday, October 30, 2020 after a short period of declining health. She was surrounded by her family.

Maddy was born on August 31, 1928 in Nashua and was the daughter of the late Richard and Esther Welch. She was the widow of Andrew (Benny) Bernard with whom she enjoyed 35 years of marriage prior to his death in 1992. She was a graduate of Nashua High School and Keene State College where she majored in elementary education. In her early career Maddy taught at local schools and then took time off to raise her family. Maddy returned to education and taught and retired from Charlotte Avenue School in 1995. She loved her years as an educator and it was always the family joke that she could not go anywhere in the world without running into a former student.

Maddy was very active in the city she loved. She was a member of the Nashua Retired Teachers, the College Club and enjoyed following local politics. She was a proud lifelong Democrat and made her opinions very well known. Throughout the years she enjoyed traveling, her dinners out with friends and attending all of her grandchildrens’ activities. She was a communicant of the Parish of the Resurrection.

Maddy loved her family and her many lifelong friends. Thank you to all who have stayed in touch with her during her recent decline.

Maddy is survived by her daughter Patty (Bernard) Fisher and her husband Mark of Biddeford Maine and her son Jim Bernard and his wife Kim of Nashua. Five grandchildren who were her pride and joy. Kellie Fisher and her fiance Lucas Miller of Scarborough Maine, Darcy Fisher of Boston MA, Daniel Bernard and his fiance Taylor Mitchell of Freeport Maine, Trevor Nelson and his partner Shawn McClintock of Maynard MA, and Joseph Bernard of Nashua NH, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Richard (Dick) Welch Jr., of Florida and her long time friend and companion William Doherty of Pelham NH.

We would like to thank the staff of Langdon Place, where Maddy made her home for the last two years, for their kindness and compassion.

SERVICES: A private mass of Christian burial will be held at Parish of the Resurrection followed by interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Hudson, NH. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Maddy may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105 or Home Health and Hospice, 7 Executive Park Dr. Merrimack NH 03054.

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    Monday, November 30th, 2020 |
    St. Patrick Cemetery
    Derry Rd
    Hudson, NH
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    Monday, November 30th, 2020

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Kurt Wentzell

I was just informed of Maddy's recent passing. I'm so sorry to hear this news. I'll always have very fond memories of her. My mother, Jane Wentzell, considered her one of her best friends. She loved going out to eat with Maddy on a regular basis back in the day. They had such good times together. I know, from listening to conversations with my mother, that Maddy loved her daughter, son, and every one of her grandchildren with all her heart. She was so proud of them all and always flashed that great smile when she talked about any of their accomplishments. She was such a kind and caring person. When my mother was battling with dementia, Maddy would call me often to check up on her status and always offered to help. She'd apologize for calling, but she didn't need to because I loved receiving those calls. She was so kind-hearted and I then knew why my mother chose her as a close friend. My heart goes out to all the family. I imagine this must be quite a loss to you all, especially during the holiday period. I'm sure she's reaping all the rewards of heaven that she so much deserves.
With Love,
Kurt Wentzell (Connecticut)
Comment | Posted at 05:27pm via Condolence

Ric and Kim Brewster

Patty and Jim,
We are so very sorry that your mom has passed on. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your mom was a very special lady that touched so many lives. Sending you hugs.
Ric and Kim Brewster
Comment | Posted at 09:23am via Condolence

Heidi Shelby

Patty and Jim, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending you both love and hugs. Your mom was so full of life! May your memories keep you smiling and have comfort knowing she is with your Dad! Love, Heidi
Comment | Posted at 08:31pm via Condolence

Wendy, Lisa and Scott (McEttrick)

Dan, So sorry to hear of Maddie's passing. I remember her as being a feisty lady! Love and hugs to you and your family.
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