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With heavy hearts we announce that Bernadette passed away peacefully
at home in Orléans, surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday evening, June
4th, 2019. Beloved wife of Ronald “Ron” Tourangeau. Dearly loved
mother of Casey (Joan) of Orléans and Vincent (Mireille) of Toronto;
cherished and proud grandmother of Finn and Jean-Pierre. Fondly
remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews and special friend,
Sheila Tousignant; last surviving child of the late John Edward Casey
and the late Margaret Mary Whelan of Montreal; predeceased by her
sisters, Mary Roberts and Kathleen Barry, and by her
brothers, John, Gerry, and Bill Casey.
With a BA in English and Master of Religious Education, Bernadette was
a passionate educator, teaching in Arnprior, Kingston, Brantford,
Iroquois Falls, Alameda CA, and Newmarket; she later served as a
resource person for the Catholic Office of Religious Education (CORE),
Archdiocese of Toronto, and finally as Director of the National Office of
Religious Education for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in Ottawa.
Bernadette was a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt who especially
enjoyed nature and the outdoors with her sons and grandsons.
She loved to cook and bake for her family and friends and was a voracious reader.
Bernadette’s final care has been entrusted to the Pilon Family Funeral
Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior where visitation
was held on Monday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7:45 p.m. A
twilight tribute immediately followed in the Pilon Family Chapel
where friends and family had the opportunity to share stories of
precious Bernadette. Visitation resumed on Tuesday, June 11th from
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John
Chrysostom Church, Arnprior on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock. In
memory of Bernadette, please consider a donation to Parkinson Canada
or the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.