Obituary of Bernice R. Gouvin
Monson- Bernice R. Gouvin, 95, died peacefully at home on September 11, 2021 after a long illness. She was born February 4, 1926 to the late John and Exilda (Thibodeau) Gouvin. She graduated from Palmer High School in 1943. Bernice retired after a long career with John C. Otto printing company, then continued working part-time at Capital cleaners in Palmer. She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Monson. It was her strong faith as a Catholic and belief in God that guided her daily and helped her see the good in every day despite some health setbacks. She always said, “God has a plan. When he’s ready for me, he will call.”. Bernice loved life and always kept herself busy with friends, relatives, and her beloved cats. Friends could always depend on her to drive them anywhere they needed to go or to visit them if they were in the hospital or a care facility. She was an avid bowler in Monson and Ware, loved to read and do puzzles, and was always ready for Bingo or a game of cards. She loved French meat pie, iced coffee, ice cream, pork, banana cream pie, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. If you wanted her to join you for a holiday dinner, you had to ask early before she accepted another invitation. She made you feel happy because she had a great sense of humor, seldom complained, laughed often, and always seemed to be enjoying herself! She was predeceased by her brothers Albert, Henry, and Arthur Gouvin, and her sister Rita Murphy. She leaves many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly. They include Ronald, Donna, Alan, David, Kevin and Mark Gouvin, Ann Tallman, and her very special nieces Tammy Murphy and Tracy Rusiecki who took such great care of her. Her nephews James and John Gouvin, and niece Deborah Murphy-Swanson, predeceased her. She leaves many great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. The family is grateful for the many people who helped care for her over the past few years. She sang your praises to everyone she talked to. Bernice's Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 4th at 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Church in Monson. Please meet directly at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernice's memory may be made to Dakin Humane Society, PO BOX 6307 Springfield, MA 01101, or by visiting dakinhumane.org. Please visit www.beersandstory.com for more information.