1923 – 2016

LEWISTON — Catherine (Yvette) Poirier Bergeron, age 92, of Lewiston, passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, at Montello Manor, with her family at her side.

She was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Lewiston, a daughter of Olivier and Lena (Bonneau) Poirier. Catherine was educated in Lewiston schools and remained a lifelong resident of this community. She married Rosario R. Bergeron on April 15, 1944, and together they settled in Lewiston to raise their family. She was a member of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Catherine was known as a homemaker and an accomplished seamstress while working at the Libbey Mill for years. In her spare time she enjoyed playing cards and bingo with her siblings and friends.

Her passion was sewing and knitting for her family, making quilts and countless hats, scarves and mittens for her grandchildren. She enjoyed holding yard sales and craft shows as a hobby.

Special projects included knitting mittens for Androscoggin Head Start and Blessed Sacrament Church and School of Holyoke, Mass.

In 2013, she gave up her apartment and became a permanent resident at Montello Commons where she continued her passion for making mittens. She enjoyed new friendships during her stay, along with the caring staff. She came to know them all as extended family. Thank you to everyone at Montello Manor, Montello Commons and Androscoggin Hospice staff for the care given to our mother.

She is survived by her children, Dianna Bergeron of Holyoke, Mass., Rita Conner and her husband, Gerald (Jerry), of Sabattus, Albert (Al) and his wife, Pauline, of Sabattus, Ann White and her husband, James, of Mexico, Richard (Rick) of Litchfield, Daniel (Dan)and his wife, Laurie, of Lewiston; two sisters, Cecile Rodrigue of Lewiston and Lena Lapointe of Old Orchard Beach: 17 grandchildren (five from Massachusetts); 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lena (Bonneau) in 1969 and Olivier Poirier in 1962 of Sabattus; husband, Rosario (Ross) in 1969; several siblings, Ernest (Pop) Poirier, Dianna Begin, George Poirier, Lionel (L.P.) Poirier, all of Lewiston, Anita Houle, Joseph (Blackie) Poirier, both of Sabattus; one grandson, Robert St. Amand of Holyoke, Mass.

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