Janice H. Bernasconi BARRE CITY – Janice Helen Bernasconi, 78, a longtime Barre resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Her loving family was with her at her bedside. Born on June 26, 1940, in Barre City, she was the daughter of Douglas and Margaret (Shea) Smith. She attended local elementary schools and was a member of the Spaulding High School Class of 1959. Following that, she attended the Thompson School for Practical Nurses in Brattleboro where she graduated as an LPN in 1960. On Oct. 15, 1960, she married Erman Bernasconi Jr. in Barre. They made their home in the Barre area where they raised three wonderful children throughout their 49 years of marriage. Janice’s nursing career took her to many different health and nursing facilities, including Barre City Hospital, Whitehouse Nursing Home (Zanleoni Nursing Home), Rowan Court Nursing Home and Berlin Convalescent Center which she eventually retired from. One of her greatest joys was time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took great pride in caring for family and friends. Janice enjoyed spending time at the Aldrich Public Library and was passionate about reading books. She took great joy and pride in knitting afghans for family members, especially knitting blankets for each new baby in the family. Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Gregoire and husband Marc, of Barre; her son, James Bernasconi, of Barre; her sisters Kathleen Boudreau and husband David, of West Rutland, Mary-Ann Huang and husband Henry, of Barre; brother, Lawrence Smith of Burlington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves her grandchildren Megan Spaulding and husband Daniel, of Barre, Jason Gregoire and wife Felicia, of Columbia, Tennessee, Ryan Gregoire and wife, Crystal, of Barre; great-grandchildren Leah and Carter Spaulding, of Barre, Kaiden Spaulding, of Randolph, and Riley Gregoire, of Columbia, Tennessee. She was predeceased by her daughter, Judith Bernasconi, on April 11, 1975. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the St. Monica Catholic Church on Summer Street in Barre. Interment will follow in the Hope Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions in Janice’s name may be made to the Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre, is in charge of the arrangements. For memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.

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