Bernice A. Johnson

HIRAM — Bernice A. Johnson, 94, of Hiram died on Aug. 9, 2011 at the Gorham House.

She was born in Hiram on June 13, 1917, a daughter of John and Lena Rankin Clemons. She attended local schools and Fryeburg Academy.

She worked as a waitress in a local Fryeburg restaurant for several years as a young woman. She also lived and worked as a waitress in Brattleboro, Vt. and that is where she met and married her first husband, Ronald L. Breslin. They started a family and she eventually came back to Maine, where she was a homemaker while her children were young. Later, she worked at the Cornish Dress Shop for many years and ultimately retired from there.

She married Samuel E. Johnson after the death of her first husband.

Bernice enjoyed playing cards and going to bingo, but above all, she loved spending time with her loving family.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Ronald Breslin Sr., and her second husband, Samuel Johnson; her son, Michael J. Breslin; a stepdaughter, Ahna Ayasse; five brothers, Lloyd Clemons, Roland Clemons, Roy Sargent, Earl Sargent and Carl Sargent; and four sisters, Eleanor Kenny, Lucille Dearborn, Doris Woodbrey and Eleanor Burnell.

Surviving are two sons, Delmar L. Breslin and Ronald L. Breslin Jr., both of Hiram; a daughter, Lois C. Cucco of Standish; a brother, Paul Sargent of Cornish; a sister, Carolyn Walker of Bridgton; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Hiram. Arrangements by Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, Cornish.

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