In Loving Memory
Sr. Bernadette Piche SUSC
(Sister Jeanette Dolores )
April 6, 1927~ June 13, 2019
Sister Bernadette Piche (Sr. Jeannette Dolores) SUSC of Longmeadow of Taunton died on June 13, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on April 6,1927, the daughter of the late Armande and Antonia (Lemieux) Piche. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her sister Beatrice Piche and nieces and nephews survive her. Her sisters Jeanette Carney, Rita Murphy and brother Roland Piche predeceased her.
Sister Bernadette was educated at St. Mary’s High School, Taunton and entered the Holy Union Sisters in 1943. She pronounced her final vows on July 2, 1951. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Catholic Teacher’s College, Providence and a Masters’ degree in Guidance and Counseling from Boston College.
During a teaching career that spanned over forty years, Sister Bernadette taught middle and junior high school students in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She was principal of St. John the Baptist Academy, Pawtucket where she also served as superior for the community. Sister Bernadette was director of admissions and vice-principal at St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket for many years. In 2018 Sister Bernadette celebrated seventy-five years as a Holy Union Sister.
For many years, Sr. Bernadette coped with poor health. However, this never deterred her from kindness and service to others. She was well-loved by her many students at St. John the Baptist Academy. When she was in need of further care, she moved to Longmeadow. There she continued to maintain her interest in reading which she found to be a means of relaxation and enjoyment. Recently, her sister, Bea joined her at Longmeadow and during Sr. Bernadette’s final illness, Bea was able to keep vigil at her bedside.
All funeral services were at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 249 Whittenton St., Taunton on June 20. Burial was at Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River. Funeral Arrangements were by Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home.
Donations in Sr. Bernadette’s memory may be made to the Holy Union Sisters’ Mission Advancement Office, P.O. Box 410, Milton, MA 02186-0006.
As we celebrate Sr. Bernadette’s long life, marked by many years of physical suffering, we can confidently unite our prayer with hers in the words of the psalmist:
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength
of my heart and my portion forever. Ps. 73: 26
To download a copy of Sr. Bernadette’s biography, clickSr. Bernadette Piche Biography