SOUTHINGTON - On July 17, 2013, Elsie (Rossignol) Bernaiche Anctil was reunited in heaven with her devoted and loving husband of 29 years, Laurier "Larry" Anctil, following a very brief illness due to complications from surgery. Born in Frenchville, Maine, on June 17, 1928, Elsie was one of 20 children of the late Joseph and Edith (Derossier) Rossignol. At age 13, she moved to Lewiston, Maine.
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Elsie married Richard Bernaiche and moved to Connecticut, settling in Southington. She was a homemaker while raising her seven children. She also worked for General Electric, retiring in 1990. Elsie remarried and moved back to Lewiston with Larry. Elsie and Larry spent their final years in Southington, where they always had children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in close proximity. She was also a vital part of her daughter's home day care, where all the children loved her and called her Grandmemere.
Elsie was a very devoted Christian and had great faith in God; this was instrumental in winning her battle against pancreatic cancer and becoming an 8-year pancreatic cancer survivor. She has spent her post-retirement years crocheting, knitting, playing cards, enjoying family time, and doing crossword puzzles, among many other activities. She took great pride planning her yearly "Celebration of Life" picnic and raffle to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research, a cause close to her heart since her great-grandson AJ has the disease.
Elsie is survived by her five sons and two daughters: Reginald Bernaiche of New Hampshire; Richard Bernaiche of Southington; Gene Bernaiche and his wife Sharon of New Britain; Joseph Bernaiche of Southington; Normand Bernaiche and his wife Jennifer of New Hampshire; Arlene Bernaiche of Southington; and Sheryl Hatheway and her husband Norman of Southington, and a daughter-in-law Jean Gura of Meriden. She also leaves behind three brothers and one sister: Claude Rossignol and Emile Gerard Rossignol of Lewiston, Maine; Patrick Rossignol of North Carolina; and Simone Cote of Maine and Florida. Thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren will continue her legacy. Elsie leaves behind her two very close nieces, Irene Bowie and her husband Richard, Joanne Therrian and her husband Ray, as well as her two closest friends, Francis Doyon of Cheshire and Ruby Jarry of Bristol. She would also like to bless all of her friends at her Christian Women's Club.
"Dear family, do not cry for me, for I have gone to a better place. I'll never leave you, for I'll be looking down on you."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 101 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 107 Middletown, CT 06457 (www.cff.org) or to Pancreatic Cancer Research Purple Stride, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (www.purplestride.org).
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 9 a.m. from the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville, with a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday July 23, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Plantsville Funeral Home. Burial will be held in St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington, at the convenience of the family. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.
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975 South Main Street
Plantsville, CT 06479
Published in The Record-Journal on July 21, 2013