Bertha M. Duquette
Bertha M. Duquette 95, formerly of Cranston and West Warwick, died peacefully on August 22, 2018 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield after a short illness. She was the widow of Louis C. Duquette. They had been married for 53 years. She was born in West Warwick on August 6, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Lebeau) Gouin. She was predeceased by her daughter, Carol J. Dube and grandson Charles P. Dube. She is survived by her son, Henry (Mary-Ruth) of Lexington, NC and her sisters Noella Kaminski of Lady Lake, FL and Yvette Heroux (Gerard) of West Warwick. She is also survived by her grandchildren Louis M. Dube (Kimberly) of Cranston, Amy E. Greil (Phillip) of North Attleboro, MA and Emily S. Byers (Jason) of Tyro, NC and 7 great grandchildren: Matthew, Sam, Maxwell and Cooper Greil, John, Amelia, and Seraphina Byers, and Isaiah and Noah Dube.
Until her move to North Smithfield, she was an active member of Saint Matthew Parish in Cranston. Besides being a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society for many years. She was a member of Faith Circle Daughters of Isabella serving as state regent. She also served on the Narragansett Council of Camp Fire Girls as a group leader, trainer and day camp director. She belonged to the St. Ann Sodality, St. Joseph Parish, West Warwick. Her hobbies included crafting, sewing, crocheting and knitting, which she willingly taught to many of her friends and family over the years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00am in St. Matthew Church (corners of Park and Elmwood Avenues) Cranston. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery Cranston. Visitation will be held on Saturday morning prior to the Mass in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston beginning at 8:45.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Antoine Residence 10 Rhodes Place North Smithfield, RI in Bertha’s memory are gratefully accepted.
Joanne Jacquard - 08/24/2018
Dear Henry, I was one of your mother’s Blue Birds and remember the fun times we had at your home with her! I remember Carol who was in the Camp Fire Gil’s with my sister, Helen! Your mother was a caring, loving and thoughtful person. May the angels stay close by during this difficult time for you and your family.
Deborah Tucci - 08/24/2018
I would have recognized that beautuful face in a crowd of a million. I was in your mom's Blue Bird group 45-50 years ago. Sweet, kind, gentle, nurturing...may she rest in heavenly peace.
Pat Pyne - 08/24/2018
Henry and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mother was very caring person and a good neighbor.
Anna Laughren - 08/24/2018
I remember your Mom both from St Matthews but also from Camp Fire Girls. She along with your sister Carol were my leaders for several years. They both were kind and giving. So sorry for your loss.
John O'Leary - 08/24/2018
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Bertha. I am so sorry for the loss. She was a wonderful woman with deep faith. May happy memories help to carry you through this sad time.
Office of Catholic Youth Ministry, Diocese of Prov - 08/24/2018
Our deepest condolences from the Bishop's Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Diocese of Providence. Bertha was a long time member of our committee and was very instrumental in the training of adults and guiding Scouts in their pursuit of the Catholic Religious Emblems. Our Annual Youth Ministry and Scouts Awards Mass next March 3rd at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul will be celebrated in Bertha's memory. God Bless your family during this sad time. We are sure she will be missed by all.
Karen Langevin - 08/28/2018
Henry, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was such a loving and special lady. I will always remember her kindness.
Theresa Luce - 08/31/2018
To all family members of Bertha, My mom, Lorraine Luce, and I send you our heartfelt condolences. We remember her from all her years in Cranston. I remember walking to her house from ours with my mom on Auburn Street quite often. She was a wonderful person who will be missed dearly by all who knew her. May she forever RIP. She will be remembered fondly with much love. Had I known about her passing I would have gone to the visiting hours and funeral mass at St. Matthew's, She may be gone but will never be forgotten. My mom has been in a nursing home for almost 3 years now. Something happened recently which sent her to Kent Hospital and thankfully she is going in the right direction now.