Bernadette Powell 1950 - 2012
Bernadette Powell, Castle Road, Dundalk who died very suddenly at her home on October, 20th was a member of one of the town's best known families and a popular figure who was greatly admired .
Aged 62, Bernadette or Bernie as she was known was the daughter of Theresa and the late Gussie Hearty, Anne Street.
After completing her education, Bernie first went to work in Hughes Shop in Park Street and later Woolworths which was then located in Clanbrassil Street. Her last employment was in PJ Carrolls.
Bernie married her husband, Ivor forty years ago and the couple settled in Castle Road where she was a valued neighbour and made many close friends.
Over time, some of these neighbours moved away, but they always remained close to Bernie's heart.
She loved nothing better than being with family and friends, and participating in family gatherings and social occasions.
Bernie enjoyed life and going out where she was always the life and soul of the gathering.
In more recent times, Bernie was devoted to her grandchildren and nothing gave her more pleasure than looking after them and cooking for them on a daily basis.
Bernie will be greatly missed by her husband and three sons as well as her family and many friends for she brought great joy and happiness to all their lives.
She is survived by her husband, Ivor, sons, Alister (Ali), Keith and Allen, mother, Theresa, brothers, Gussie, Brendan, Michael, John, sisters, Theresa and Margaret, grandchildren, Aoife, Mia, Katie and AJ, daughters-in-law, Fiona, Audrey and Louise, brothers-sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Having reposed at her residence, Bernie's remains were taken to St. Patrick's Cathedral for Requiem Mass celebrated by Very Rev. M. O'Hagan, Adm., who delivered the eulogy.
The Readings and Prayers of Intercession were led by family members. The beautiful music was provided by Patsy Breen and Eamon Cooney.
After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery and the large attendance at both the Mass and interment reflected the family's strong links with the town and the high regard by which they are held.
Month's Mind Mass on Sunday, December 9th at 11.30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Cathedral.