Bernice (Sternala) Vautrain

May 22, 1919 - September 12, 2020
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Bernice (Sternala) Vautrain, 101, of Ludlow, passed away on Saturday, September 12 2020.  Born in Ludlow on May 22, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine (Dymon) Sternala.  A lifelong resident, Bernice was a communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow.

Bernice is survived by her children Marian Matosky (Clem), John Vautrain (Adele), Kathleen Sullivan (Tom) and her sister Irene Nomakeo.  She was “Babka” to her beloved grandchildren Anne-Marie Szmyt, David Matosky (Laurie), Lianne Gagnon (Chris), Alan Vautrain (Maureen) and John Matosky (Erika).  Babka also leaves her great-grandchildren whom she was so proud of: Jonathan Szmyt, Alec Albright, Zachary Vautrain, Hannah Albright, Julia Szmyt, Jacob Vautrain, Jetta Albright, Karly Matosky, Jessica Vautrain and many nephews and nieces. Sadly she was predeceased by her husband Alfred, her granddaughter Katie Zamachaj, her siblings Rose Giza, Genevieve Kuchyt, Benny and Stanley Sternala and her son-in-law, Edward Matosky.

Family and friends are invited to gather for Bernice’s funeral Mass on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA.  Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery.  There are no calling hours. Masks, social distancing and all state gathering restrictions will be adhered to.   In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernice’s memory may be made Shriner’s Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or St. Elizabeth’s Parish, 181 Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA 01056.

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Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth

Address:

181 Hubbard Street, Ludlow, MA, 1056

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Family and friends are invited to gather for Bernice’s funeral Mass on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish, Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA.  Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery.

Masks, social distancing and all state gathering restrictions will be adhered to.


Donation Information

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernice’s memory may be made Shriner’s Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or St. Elizabeth’s Parish, 181 Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA 01056.


 

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Born: May 22, 1919
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Lianne Gagnon posted on 9/18/20

Babka...you were a ONE of a kind family Matriarch. You taught us ALL how to work hard and play hard. Your house across from Whitney Park was Grand Central Station. EVERYONE knew they could stop in at ANY time for ANYTHING...your lawn was the Park’s parking lot...your bathroom the Park facilities & your kitchen the vending machines. Saturdays family would congregate and would be waited on by you. We are at ease now knowing your suffering is over. Wishing you an eternity of no work...only jovial times...like you relished in with your family and friends. Until we meet AGAIN...❤️ Jezebel and your Family 😇🙏🏻

 

Janet Kurtyka Mazzie posted on 9/17/20

I am so sorry for your loss. Bernice was a wonderful person. She catered my wedding in 1978. My Babka Rozilia Dymon Kurtyka was Catherine Sternala's sister. My prayers go out to you at this time.

 

Carol Lempke posted on 9/14/20

Lianne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to know her through Lianne's stories which were both funny and full of Love. I know she will be missed by all that knew her especially her family . Heaven has gained another beautiful soul, one that will bring much joy and mischief. Wishing you all peace in knowing she is back with many loved ones and that she will live on with all of you. Sincerely Carol

 

Maureen Kenney posted on 9/14/20

Condolences to you Anne-Marie, Marian and family.💞🌹🕊 Maureen Kenney

 

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