BRUNSWICK — Rhea M. Pelkey, 73, died June 30 at home with her family.
She was born July 2, 1939, daughter of Edouard Bernier and Alfreda Martin Bernier.
Pelkey attended St. Johns and Brunswick High Schools. She was married to Patrick Pelkey March 12, 1957, in Atlanta, Ga. The couple owned and operated Pelkey Motors in Brunswick, until they retired in 1997.
After her husband’s death in 2006, she became employed with Target of Topsham, where she truly loved to be. She enjoyed sharing her sense of humor with the world, spending time with friends and family, and always loved to grab a bite to eat at the Topsham Fairground Cafe. She acted as a role model to all that crossed her path, and was known by most as, Memere, with the exception of her colleagues whom all called her “Miss Rhea”.
She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Patrick, and her brothers Andre, Remy, Robert, Evariste, Edward, and Henry Bernier.
Pelkey is survived by her daughter, Lena Pelkey; stepdaughter, Donna Burch; two stepsons David and Gerald Pelkey, all of Brunswick; two sisters Priscilla Bellanger of Brunswick and Constance Bernier of New Jersey; two brothers Armand Bernier of Orr’s Island and Antoine Bernier of North Carolina; step brother, Dana Storer of Old Town; two grandsons Tyler Olson and his wife, Pebbles and Kyle Olson and his fiance, Julianna; three great-grandchildren Anthony, Lincoln, and Patrick.
Visiting hours were held July 5 at Brackett Funeral home, 29 Federal Street, Brunswick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 6th, 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, followed by burial. There will be a gathering following the burial at the Topsham Fairground Cafe.