South Paris – Olivette “Ollie” A. Bernier, 84, died Saturday morning at Market Square Health Care Center in South Paris.

She was born in Brunswick, April 11, 1924, the daughter of Joseph and Alma Thibeault Brassard. Ollie was the second of five children, all first generation citizens after their parents emigrated from Quebec. She attended St. John’s Catholic School and then graduated from Brunswick High School in 1941. Following high school, during World War II, she worked at Bath Iron Works as a pipe coverer. On June 3, 1950, she married Joseph S. ( Sim) Bernier of Westbrook, who predeceased her in 1998. During their 48 years of marriage they made their home in Westbrook with their family of five children.

Ollie was employed at Sebago Shoe in Westbrook for 20 years as a telephone operator, retiring in the late 1980s. She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Ollie enjoyed bowling for several years and was president of the ladies bowling league, accruing many trophies. She and Sim traveled throughout the eastern states and Canada, creating many photo albums and memories. In addition to being an accomplished knitter, Ollie was a bingo enthusiast, loved shopping and dining out, and family gatherings.

Ollie is survived by her children, Greg and his wife, Wendy, of South Paris, Roger of Westbrook, Lisa Rouleau and her husband, Marty, of Rollinsford, N.H.; grandchildren Andrea Thompson and her husband Brian, of Biddeford, Abby and Caity Bernier of South Paris and Braden Rouleau of Rollinsford, N.H.; as well as two stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Ollie is also survived by her sister, Annette Bouchard and her husband Francis, of Opp, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews, including her special niece, Luan Laliberte, of Woolwich.

Ollie was predeceased by her parents; her husband Sim; daughter Susan; son Ronald; and brothers, Paul, Gerald and Bertrand.

Ollie’s family extends their gratitude to the staff at Market Square Health Care Center for their care of her over the past four years.

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