Cynthia “Cindy” Bernier, 73

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TOPSHAM – Cynthia “Cindy” Bernier died Oct. 26, at her home in Topsham surrounded by her family.

Bernier was born in Portland Sept. 27, 1942, the daughter of Millard Leighton and Grace Sturdivant.

She graduated from South Lancaster Academy and received an associate’s degree in nursing from Atlantic Union College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Westbrook College and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine.

A member of the Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bernier was a nurse at Parkview Adventist Medical Center for 29 years, many of which were spent serving as the ICU department head. She loved educating and mentoring new nurses in the ICU. Upon leaving Parkview, Bernier worked at the Midcoast Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department until she retired in 2012, but continued to work per diem for the department until 2013.

She married Joseph D. Bernier in Brunswick Sept. 4, 1982. The couple enjoyed traveling and spending time at their camp on Damariscotta Lake in Newcastle.

She was predeceased by her sister, Rebecca Waterman, and her parents.

Bernier is survived by her husband of Topsham; a son, Andrew S. Kennedy, MD, of Nashville, Tennessee; a daughter, Debra K. Henke, of Topsham; three stepchildren, Ruth Groder of West Bath, Patricia Brown of Brunswick and Donald Bernier of San Francisco, California; 10 grandchildren, Ty and Mercedes Henke, Andrew, Megan and Grace Kennedy, Kenny and Brandon Deaton, Trinity Brown, Amanda Briggs, Joshua Groder; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey Briggs and Zaidyn Groder.

Funeral services were held at Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick Oct. 30.