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Bernadette Thrall

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Funeral services to celebrate the life of Bernadette Bruyere
Thrall, 92, of 930 Hasbrouck Street, Ogdensburg will be held on Monday, November 23,2009, at 10:00
am at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Concelebrants will be Rev. James Shurtleff and Rev.
Terry LaValley. Burial will be immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 22, from 2:00 to 6:00pm, at
Frary Funeral Home. Mrs. Thrall passed away on Thursday, November 19, at St. Joseph’s
Nursing Home in the loving arms of her family.

Mrs. Thrall is survived by her four
children and their families: Linda and Michael Williams, Mexico, NY, Jean and
Walter (Skip) Bracy, Ogdensburg, Michael and Mary Ellen Thrall, Ogdensburg,
Patrick and Debra Thrall, Brewerton, N.Y, sixteen grandchildren, and eighteen
great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Eva Shurtleff,
Ogdensburg and Rosalie and Bill Roberts, South Hampton, NJ; Four brothers:
George and Therese Bruyere, Ogdensburg, Joe and Hilda Bruyere, Culver City,
C.A., Bob Bruyere and Jack and Irma Bruyere, Ogdensburg, and brother-in-law,
Louis Lalonde, Ogdensburg.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, M.
Harold Thrall, who passed in May of 2002, her brothers Jean (in infancy),
James, Emile, and Patrick Bruyere, and Sisters Mary Doe, Alice Jackson, and
Theresa Lalonde.

Mrs. Thrall was born December 9, 1916 in Ogdensburg, the
daughter of Bella (Gauthier) and Oliver Bruyere. She was also the step-daughter
of Thomas Fortin. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1934. She married M.
Harold Thrall on May 16, 1942 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia, S.C., just prior to Hal’s deployment overseas with the US Army.

Bernadette was always an eager outdoor enthusiast. She was
an accomplished equestrienne, and in her youth, could often be seen riding her
horse, Babe. She had a great love of ice skating, and tried out for the speed
skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid in 1932. She was a
hairdresser for family, friends, and neighbors alike, seamstress, fantastic
cook, and avid fisherman. But her most cherished accomplishment in life was her
role as homemaker and caregiver for her very large circle of family and
friends. She was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St.
Joseph’s Foundation or to a charity of one’s own choice.

19 Condolences

  • William (Bud) & Frieda Randles Posted November 20, 2009 4:48 PM

    We are so sad to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that we care and send our blessings to you and family. My Uncle and Aunt were James and Louise (Farley)Thrall. Bill Randles

  • James M Thrall, Jr. Posted November 20, 2009 5:29 PM

    Dear cousins,
    It is with great sadness that I pay my respects to one of the dearest and most beloved members of our family. Aunt Bern was always ready with a smile and chuckle, an offer of hospitality and great food! I can’t tell you how much my dad loved coming to Ogdensburg to spend time with his favorite brother and sister-in-law. They were saints.

  • Pat Galinski Posted November 20, 2009 10:53 PM

    To The Thrall Family,

    Stan and I send our sincere sympathy to your family for the loss of your loved one.

    Most sincerely,
    Pat and Stan Galinski

  • Bill Sterling Posted November 21, 2009 1:13 AM

    To the Thrall Family – We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill n Jill Sterling

  • Robin & Dave Carlson Posted November 21, 2009 2:55 PM

    Dear Linda & Mike,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Sending you our love and prayers. We knew this journey would end, but it is still not easy.

    Love, Robin & Dave

  • Jodi Lalone Fowler Posted November 21, 2009 3:05 PM

    Aunt Bern was the most caring person and always put others needs before her own. Mom and her would have daily phone calls throughout the many years that I can remember, and now that they will be in heaven together they again have those moments once again. My prayers go out to all during this difficult time. She was a special woman and wonderful Aunt to me and my entire family. God Bless!

  • Alice Dishaw Posted November 21, 2009 3:41 PM

    To the family of Bernadette: I wish to send condolences to the whole family, my sincere thoughts are with all of you.

  • BOB & ROSIE LEHMAN Posted November 21, 2009 3:44 PM


  • art and pat zellers Posted November 21, 2009 10:00 PM

    *We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. It sounds like she led a full and enjoyable life and raised a wonderful family. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.*

  • Marty Burke Posted November 22, 2009 12:32 AM

    Linda, Mike & family,

    My condolences in this time of sorrow. Linda, may your Mom now rest in the lasting peace of God.

  • Sandy & Dick Gorman Posted November 22, 2009 1:12 AM

    Linda, we were so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Words of condolence are sometimes difficult to express but please be assured that you and Mike are in our thoughts and prayers.

    For a while, thoughts of your mother will bring a tear to your eye but one day you will think of her and smile rather than tear up; we hope for you that day will not be too long in coming.

    Sandy & Dick

  • Penny and Phil Sharrow Posted November 22, 2009 1:33 AM

    To the entire Thrall Family-

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathies. We understand your loss. Always cherish and share the memories and they are never gone.

    Take care. Sincerely
    Phil and Penny

  • Barb Royce Posted November 22, 2009 1:52 PM

    Ellen: My condolences to the entire family on the loss of your loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Barb

  • Mary Jane Sharpe Posted November 22, 2009 8:30 PM

    Mrs Thrall was simply a wonderful woman. To this day, I have vivid memories of cutting through the field to Hasbrouck St to have her cut my hair.
    My sincere sympathy to all of the Thrall family.

  • Julien/Hyde&DeCosmo Posted November 22, 2009 11:01 PM

    Linda & Mike,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We wish we could be there with you. If you need us cousins we are here.
    Nancy & Lorrie Hyde,
    Lorraine DeCosmo

  • Pat Scholtz Posted November 22, 2009 11:08 PM

    Dear all, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was a special lady and one of my favorite aunts. I am sorry I cannot attend the services but I want you to know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Pat

  • Smith & Jackalyn Wilcox Posted November 23, 2009 2:36 AM

    Our condolences to the Thrall family from a nephew. Our thoughts are with you at this special time. We haven’t had much contact with the family in recent years but have very fond recollections of Aunt Bern from years past. Smitty and Jackie Wilcox, son and daughter in law of Helen Thrall Wilcox – Hal’s sister. Huntsville, Alabama

  • James Thrall, Jr. Posted November 23, 2009 1:37 PM

    Dear Linda, Jean, Mike,Pat & families,
    It’s with sorrow that I won’t be attending Aunt Bern’s funeral service today because of illness. Please know my heart goes out to you all in your loss.
    Jim Thrall

  • Russell Schmidt Posted December 2, 2009 2:01 PM

    Condolences to the Thrall family. I was very sorry to learn of the passing of (Grandma) Bern. I hope those who miss her most can take comfort in the fact that, as the obituary attests, her 92 years were evidence of a very full life. Wishes for healing go out to all, with a special nod to the Williams clan: Linda and Mike, I am sorry for your loss.

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