Gladys (Bernier) Mullen
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MULLEN, Gladys (Bernier) Gladys (Bernier) Mullen, 78, of West Hartford, beloved wife for 60 years of James D. Mullen, Jr. passed away Monday, (April 23, 2007) at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford. She was born April 24, 1928, and raised in Hartford, daughter of the late Albert J. and Marcella (Scully) Bernier. Gladys was a graduate of Bulkeley High School, Hartford, Class of 1946 and had been an employee of The Hartford Insurance Co., prior to her retirement. Gladys was an avid swimmer and up until ten years ago would swim a mile or more a day. Besides her husband, Jim, she leaves four children, James D. Mullen, III of Coventry, Joan Cathcart and her husband, Warren of Hebron, Janice Flood and her husband, John of Hebron and Nancy Andreotta of Manchester; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert J. and Hazel Bernier of Ellington and Donald F. and Kathryn Bernier of Winterhaven, FL; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. The funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gladys may be made to St. Francis Hospital Palliative Care, St. Francis Foundation, 95 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105-9720.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 25, 2007.
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April 27, 2007
Dear Janice & Joan, Nancy and Jimmy,
Wish we could cut through the hedge on Westminster Street, knock on your back door and find you all in that little kitchen. We haven't been to Hartford in many years but we can still see your mother and ours worrying together on either side of that hedge, laughing together in lawn chairs on our carport, and running to get clothes off their lines in the sudden rain. Your mom was always our shelter in the storm. Quite literally. Terrified of thunder storms, our mother shuttled us across the driveway in our pajamas on quite a few occasions and Gladys always made us feel safe and welcome. She was a dear neighbor, a lovely gentle woman, and our mother's best friend. We are grateful they had each other's support and friendship while all of us were growing up. Our hearts go out to you. Love, Susan Winslow and Diane Winslow Swan
Susan Winslow
April 26, 2007
To Mr. Mullen, Jimmy, Joanie, Janice, and Nancy,
There really are no words to say how sad I am for each of you; you have lost a piece of the fabric of your life.
Mrs. Mullen will always remain in my heart; she's been there already for for 56 years! She was a dear person in my young life. How many times did she open the door to me and my question, "Can Joanie and Janice come out and play?" Always nice, always pleasant, always kind.
When I was 9 and grief-stricken over the death of my dog, Dashie, Mrs, Mullen held me on her lap and let me cry. I don't remember the words she spoke but they were soothing, comforting, and affirming. Oh that we were all 9 years old again and could crawl up into her lap to have her tell us she understands how sad we are.
She was a special and very important part of my life and I am deeply saddened to know she is gone.
Jane Reilly Housewright
April 26, 2007
Robert & Family

Deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister and prayers and thoughts are with the entire family.
Patt Murray
April 25, 2007
Joan Cathcart
April 25, 2007
Peg and I wish to offer our sincere condolences to Jim Mullins and the rest of Gladys's family.
Jack Scully
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