HARPSWELL — Pauline R. Bernier, 78, died April 29 at Hill House in Bath with family at her bedside.

Born in Augusta,  Jan. 5, 1932, she was a daughter of Aime Jean Baptiste Lacharite and Grace Marie (Gagne) Lacharite and attended Brunswick schools.

On Feb. 20, 1950, she married Armand R. Bernier and later moved to Great Island in Harpswell where they raised seven children.

For many years she was a Girl Scout leader and past president of the Harpswell Island School P.T.A.

Her heart was always open and giving to children, and she knew how to love, give and care for family and friends.

Most recently she worked at the Child’s Play Day Care/Nursery School of West Harpswell where she was  known as “Memere.”

She loved her family dearly, both her immediate family and her day care children.

She enjoyed the company of her cat Ginger, feeding birds and ducks, dining out, and shopping for sales.

Her husband Armand predeceased her, as well as a sister, Joan Mann and a grandson, Daniel Leeman.

Surviving are her brother, Alfred Aime Lacharite and his wife, Jeanne; her children, Linda Toothaker and her husband Olcott, Kathleen Tuck and her husband Tom, Charmaine Heffron, Nancy Wyman and her husband Alton, Michael Bernier and his wife Connie, George Bernier and his wife Paula, and Carl Bernier and his wife Debbie; 19 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at the West Harpswell Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Daniel Leeman Scholarship Fund, c/o Wiscasset High School, 272 Gardiner Rd, Wiscasset, ME 04578, or to the Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue, c/o Ruth Rose, P.O. Box 8, Harpswell, ME 04079.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.

Condolences can be expressed at brackettfuneralhome.com

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