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Berneice Coutu
June 28, 1943 – April 24, 2024

Early in the morning of April 24, 2024, while we all slept, an angel got her well-deserved wings.

Berneice was born in Edmonton on June 28, 1943, to Louis and Annie Burdet.

Bernie lived an extraordinary life. Growing up in Barrhead, she moved to Edmonton to work where she met (on a blind date) and fell in love with Norm. They were married in Barrhead on Dec. 6, 1963. Soon after marrying they moved to Kelowna where she welcomed her most precious gifts Roland, Susan and Darryl.

With their family complete they moved to Edmonton and then to Devon. In Devon, they worked at Burdet’s Café and Grocery owned by her parents until they retired and then they bought the business. A few years later they were on the move again. They moved to Rocky in 1975, with a hotel in their sights. With all the kids in school, Bernie spent time at the hotel working. After it was fixed up, they sold it in 1979 and bought a make-work project in Golden. For the first couple years Dad was in Golden, we travelled on weekends and summers to see him as the rebuild took place. In the fall of 1981, the bar of the hotel opened, and Mum was there more as there was bookkeeping to be done. After selling in 1987 they made their way back to their home in Rocky.

Bernie worked other jobs until she retired in 2006. Then she was just happy to be at home with her grandchildren. Bernie liked camping, curling and snowmobiling (some days).

Berneice is survived by her daughter Susan; son Darryl; grandsons Brandon and Austin; sisters: Shirley (Lorne), Joan (Jeff), Janet; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years Norm; son Roland; brothers-in-law: Colin, Ronald and Eugene; nephews Steven and Darren; parents Annie and Louis; and parents-in-law Laura and Henri.
A casual gathering will be held at the Rocky Funeral Home in Rocky on June 22, 2024, at 2 p.m., with casual dress and funny stories.

Condolences may be forwarded to www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.