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Helen Bernat, 97

Helen Bernat, age 97, of Palmer, MA, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Delano.

The daughter of the late Josephine (Wolak) and Kazimierz Lech of Thorndike, MA, and wife of the late Patrick Bernat of Ware, MA, Helen was born and raised in Thorndike and attended Palmer High School.

Helen was a hairdresser in her early years and a homemaker. She was devoted to her family and provided a loving happy life for all of her children. Helen loved gardening and looked forward to spending time on the beach in Cape Cod with her family.

Helen is survived by her sister Lottie Cercena of Stafford Springs, CT; and her four children, Walter (Cynthia Marshall) of Portland OR, Alice (Gary Winslow) of Syracuse NY, Mary Ann (William McMullen) of Delano, and Edward (Susan Tarnosky) of Union CT; and her sister-in-law, Ruth (Petrashewicz) Lech of Thorndike.

She is the loving grandmother of Damien (Marie) Bernat, Donald (Christina) McMullen and Robert McMullen, and a brand new great-granddaughter, Vivian Rose McMullen, born one day before Helen’s death. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, and their families.

She was pre-deceased by her brothers Joseph (Florence Martel), Walter (Virginia Holcomb), and Henry.

A funeral Mass will take place at St Thomas Church in Palmer, MA, with burial to follow at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to a hospice of your choice.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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