Bernadine J. Petty

  • Died: December 31, 2018
  • Location: WORCESTER, Massachusetts

Callahan, Fay & Caswell Life Celebration Home

61 Myrtle Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel. (508) 755-1500

Tribute & Message From The Family

WORCESTER-Bernadine J. (Ryan) Petty, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 31, 2018.

She was born in Worcester on October 28, 1934 a daughter of the late Patrick F. and Mary E. (Desmond) Ryan. She attended local schools and graduated from Ascension High School in 1952. In 1957 Bernie married the love of her life, Francis J. Petty, and they spent the next 61 years as role models of love and companionship. Her heart was broken, having lost her beloved Francis in October.

Bernadine began her career at New England Telephone Company followed by A1 Answering Service before moving to Hanover Insurance Company where she was known as the "Voice of Hanover Insurance."

Bernie loved to bake her favorite sweets and cook for large gatherings. Many memories were made at Sunday dinners which she always hosted with her husband Franny. She loved time spent with family and friends, especially at the beach and at the campground in Kennebunkport, ME. Family was the epitome of her life and she enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be forever missed by her children, Dennis M. Petty and his wife, MaryLou of Worcester; Mayor Joseph M. Petty and his wife, Gayle of Worcester, and Mary Meersman and her husband, Scott of Charlton; five grandchildren Ryan, Michael, Nicole, Joseph, and Andrew, many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Bernadine was predeceased by her husband, Francis J. Petty, her sisters Marion Adamski, Teresa Ryan, Elizabeth Carey, Jean Ryan, Eleanor Ryan, and brother Daniel Ryan.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Notre Dame Hospice, Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living, and her wonderful caregivers.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life on Sunday, January 6th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7th at Our Lady of The Angels Church, 1222 Main St., Worcester. Following her Mass, she will be interred with her husband at St. John's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation, Inc., PO Box 325, Winchester, MA 01890. All donations benefit Childhood Brain Tumor Cancer Research and programs for terminally ill children and their families.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Mary and Family,
Wishing you peace and comfort in the times and memories you shared together.
Jackie (O'Toole) Breslin

Posted by Jacquelyn Breslin - Shamong, NJ   January 07, 2019

Joe and Gayle,
I very sorry to hear of your loss. I know how the passing of your mom can create a huge void in your heart, and soul.

Posted by Bob Allard - Redlands, CA   January 07, 2019

Mary, Scott, Ryan and Michael,
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time of grieving for both parents in just a couple of months. Praying that you may find solace in remembering the fun times with your family.

Posted by Elaine Bruso - Auburn, MA   January 06, 2019

My condolences goes out to the family. She was an amazing strong and kind woman and will be missed dearly.

Posted by Jocelyn Hernandez - Worcester, MA   January 04, 2019

The City or Worcester DPW & Parks; Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division sends our sincere condolences to the Patty Family on your loss. May your memories of this great women help you during this time of sadness.

Posted by Robert Antonelli - Worcester, MA   January 04, 2019

When Diane & I started dating 50 years ago, the first place we went was a Petty Family Cook-out at Aunt Bernie & Uncle Franny's house. We both felt the Love from the very beginning and every time we revisited. When we moved to Vermont, 29 years ago, Aunt Bernie & Uncle Franny (along with Aunt Jean & Uncle Joe) were among our first guests - Stephanie still has fond and vivid memories of that weekend. The weekend was full of fun and much laughter. These fine people will always be remembered and will be dearly missed. With our deepest sympathy and all our love, Please Rest In Peace.

Posted by Diane & Bill McDiarmid - Barre, VT   January 03, 2019

So sorry to hear about Dear Mother R I P. Sympathy to all the family. Mary O Donoghue Doolin

Posted by Mary O Donoghue/ Dunleavy - Doolin - Family   January 03, 2019

Dear family, remembering your Mom and Dad as happy fun loving couple. Many fun parties with them, Convery's and my husband Bob at the Air National Guard.
My sincere sympathy in the loss of your parents

Posted by Terri Ceppi    January 03, 2019

Dear Joe, Mary, Dennis and family,
My family and I were so sad to hear about your mom. Your mother was a wonderful person and so full of life and always looked put together no matter how she was feeling. I can't imagine what your family has been thru the past few months with the loss of your father and now your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You had Wonderful role models growing up and your parents were so proud of all of you. They truly loved each other and I knew your mom would be lost without the love of her life. They are now together at peace, free of pain and will forever be with you in spirit.
All our Love,
Mary, Brian, Joe & Alda

Posted by Mary Dooley - McMahon - Worcester, MA   January 03, 2019

Dear Mayor Petty, I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you experienced many moments of grace in her last period in life. May the Lord be with you to console you during your time of loss.

Posted by Fr. John Predmore, S.J. - Dorchester, MA   January 03, 2019

Dear Joe and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this loss of your dear mother.May she rest in peace.

Posted by Leto - Worcester, MA - Friend   January 03, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about this she wasn't BEAUTIFUL lady and she always looked so AWESOME Dennis Joe and Mary my condolences and sympathy go out to ALL and your families

Posted by Debbie Milley - Worcester, MA - Family Friend   January 03, 2019

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