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Suzanne M. Bernard

Suzanne M. Bernard     “Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister”

CERES, NY---Suzanne M. “Sue” Bernard, 62, of Ceres, NY, passed away in her home with her loving husband by her side on Sunday, December 14, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
     Born January 11, 1952 in Olean, NY, she was the daughter of Robert G. and Margaret M. Sutherland Visseau.  On July 6, 1985 in Bolivar, she married Loren D. Bernard.
     Sue was a graduate of Bolivar Central School, class of 1971.  She attended dental hygienist school in Rochester, NY and was employed by Dr. Simons in Cuba. She held various business related positions such as accounts receivable specialist.   She had also been employed by Cutco as an online sale representative where she found a special connection to her co-workers who she considered her dear friends.  After retiring Sue and Loren were employed as licensed real estate agents by Real Estate Pros and More in Portville.
     Since childhood Sue always had a strong passion for horses.  She was an active member of the NYS Paint Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.  Sue was involved with her children’s youth sports and continued to support the athletic programs including the Bolivar Sports Boosters and the Alumni Association in various capacities.
     She is survived by her husband Loren , her mother Margaret of Little Genesee; two sons, Eric M. (Danielle) Hurd of Corning and Joshua D. (Melissa) Hurd of Carol Stream, Illinois; two stepchildren, Troy D. (Johanna) Bernard of Ingleside, Illinois and Kim J. (Jerome Harris) Sutton of Tampa, Florida; four grandchildren, Katelyn E. Sutton, Blake A. Harris, Ethan W. Hurd, and Gabriella N. Hurd; two brothers, Gordon W. (Kathy) Visseau of Little Genesee and Michael R. (Kathy) Visseau of Shinglehouse, PA; and several nieces and nephews.
     Sue was preceded in death by her father Robert.
     In keeping with Sue’s wishes, private funeral services will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA with the Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.
     Friends are invited to celebrate Sue’s life on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the family home on Bells Brook Road, Ceres, NY.
    Flowers are gratefully declined. The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in Sue’s name.


We are saddened to hear about the loss of Sue. She was one of those people that made you smile the moment you saw her. God Bless,Loren.

Dick and Cookie Lindamer Dec 18 2014 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Marge and family . I have such fond memories as a horse crazy teenage girl when I would go to Sue's Mom and Dads for riding lessons. I know she and Bob are riding together again!

Robin Watterson Estep Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM

I am sorry to read of Suzanne passing.  May the family find solace in the love and memories shared together.  Take comfort in knowing that God promises that if we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.  He truly is there when we seek His comfort through prayer.  (James 4:8; Psalm 65:2)

Wanda Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.  Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Loren.

David and Anne Cummins Dec 17 2014 12:00 AM

Happy Trails to You Cowgirl.  You and your dad had good rides together and now they continue.   Thinking of the family in this very sad time.  Cheryl and Dick Bryant

Cheryland Dick Bryant Dec 16 2014 12:00 AM

Peace & being pain free now my dear friend. I know you, your dad, & God are enjoying the glory of Heaven. Thank you so much for years of friendship & especially the support you have given me over the past year without complaining one time about yourself! I will always remember the fun times on Horse Run especially with the Simons boys mainly Mike & who can forget Donnie L too! You will e truly missed girl. You are someone I'll always remember with the fondness memories! Until we meet again my friend!

Linea (Smith) Simons & Scuff Dec 16 2014 12:00 AM

To Sue's family You all have been truly blessed to have called Sue your own. I know too well the feelings of loss & my prayers are with each & everyone of you. The pain will never really leave but trust in God & it will ease in time. Always focus on the happy & pain-free Sue & not on the pain-filled one it truly will help. God Bless you all

Linea Simons Dec 16 2014 12:00 AM

You couldn't help but like Sue. She treated us like family. You will be missed.

Jack & Nickkie Howard Dec 16 2014 12:00 AM

So sorry for the families loss. Susie was a sweet person and she will be missed by all.

Dan and Julie Baldwin Dec 16 2014 12:00 AM