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Ethel A. Bernard

Obituary for Ethel A. Bernard

May 5, 1919 - August 25, 2017
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 98


Ethel A. (Kies) Bernard, 98, of Manchester, died August 25, 2017 at Hillsborough County Nursing Home after a brief illness.

She was born in Putnam, CT on May 5, 1919 to Clarence and Alice (Coleman) Kies. She lived in Manchester for most of her life.

Ethel was the treasurer of Valley Sales, the family's business and had also worked at Prevue Products, Bee Bee Shoe Company, Amoskeag Shoe Company, J.F. McElwain Shoe Company, Morgan Linen and JJ Newberry.

She was a member of the Jutras Post Ladies Auxiliary, the International Order of Hoo-Hoos, the Granite State Club #107 and was a former Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed dancing, playing Keno and watching the Patriots and Red Sox.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Emile R. Bernard and by a son-in-law, Stephen R. Brinn, both in 2012; and three siblings, Dorothy Schaller, Mary McNally and Frank Kies.

The family includes three daughters, Carol Maynard and her husband, Louis, and Janice Brinn, all of Manchester and Marlene Torrey and her husband, James, of Suffolk, VA; 11 grandchildren, Tim Stanley, Melissa Page, Kathie Sanders, Valerie Thompson, Matthew Brinn, Jeffrey Torrey, Allison Reiner, Amanda Provencher, Megan Jones, Luke Maynard and Michael Kenney; many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford. Committal prayers followed at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Dr., Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

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  • American Cancer Society
    2 Commerce Dr., Suite 110
    Bedford, NH 03110

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Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104
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