1931 – 2014

LEWISTON — Lionel E. Bergeron, 82, a resident of Montello Street in Lewiston, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, following a short illness.

He was born in Lewiston on Aug. 14, 1931, a son of Ernest and Roseana (Cote) Bergeron. Lionel was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and following the war, was employed at the Bates Mill, followed by a career with Seltzer-Rydholm for many years as a truck driver, where he was affectionately known as “Pepsi.” He then became a carpenter and joined Carpenters Union 407, until his retirement.

He was a member of Holy Family Church, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 106, the Holy Family Bowling League, St. Joseph’s Association, the American Legion and the Lewiston Senior Citizens. He was a volunteer for many years at the Franco Festival in Lewiston.

Lionel enjoyed playing cards and wintering with his wife in Hudson, Fla., for 32 years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jeannette Pelletier, whom he married on Sept. 2, 1950, of Lewiston. Though both Lionel and Jeannette didn’t have children, they raised their nieces and nephews as their own, Richard Bazinet and wife, Judy, of Lewiston, Constance Morin of Lewiston, Roland Bazinet and wife, Denise, of Greene, Rolande Wing and husband, Albert, of Turner, Joan Poissonnier of Lewiston, Robert Poissonnier of Maryland and Shirley Bourassa and husband, Luke, of Lewiston; their foster children, Gary Doucette and wife, Rowena, of Lewiston and Randy Doucette of Lewiston; one brother, Julien Bergeron, of Winter Haven, Fla.; and one aunt, Marian Cote, of Windham. Also surviving are many grandnieces and -nephews

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Rosaire and Emilien; and three sisters, Grace, Dolores and Laurette; as well as two nieces, Irene and Jeanne.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.

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