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
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.