Jo-Ann Bernier

August 17, 1953 - January 29, 2021

Funeral Details:

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beautiful Mother, Jo-Ann Bernier.  Jo-Ann died peacefully in the arms of her children on Friday, January 29, 2021, at age 67.  She is survived by her father, David Walsh, daughter Janelle (sep. Tim), grandsons Maxwell and Oliver, and by her daughter Suzanne, son-in-law Rick and granddaughters Andie, Alexandra and Aubrey. Jo-Ann's family made up the entirety of her world.  Her life's purpose was to care for others, her girls, her five grandchildren, her Mother (late Zella) who passed only six months ago, her Dad and most of her other family members.  She cared for and helped countless families and children during her career with the Children's Aid Society in Lindsay, ON, Family Services of Peel, then as a Treatment Foster Parent in Barrie.  Once she retired, she became a Nanny to several families and treated every child as her own.  What we will miss the most is our Cheerleader, our #1 Fan.  Mom made every event special for us and celebrated anything and everything she could.  We would like to extend an extra special thank you to Michelle for all your support.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation are welcomed.  Online condolences


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16 Condolences
  • Vic Berzins
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences. Sending our love to you all.

    To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die. “Thomas Campbell”

    Holly & Vinny

  • Dianne Veitch
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    Sending sincere condolences to all Jo-Ann’s family. We graduated high school together from St. Theresa’s in Buchans. In later years we re-connected through social media. Her love of family; especially, her beautiful grand children was very evident. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to all. Take care.

  • Cynthia and Joss Aube
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Suzanne and your beautiful family during this sad time.
    A mother’s love is like no other, it is my hope your special memories will give you peace and fill your heart with comfort
    Cindy Aube❤️

  • Helen Saunders
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    My most Deepest Condolences to the Bernier and Walsh families at this most difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. My Beautiful friend Joann,your presence in my life has Blessed me in more ways that I can say. May God give you Blessed Peace!! Until we meet again..

  • Patricia Hodder
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    Joanne’s Family So sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. She was a classmate of mine at St Theresa’s Acadamy in Buchans NL. She was so memorable
    I remember her as a beautiful, friendly and funny person who spoke her mind and took no guff from anyone. I so admired her for that.

  • Maggie Richard
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    Janelle and family….We are sending our deepest condolences to you. Your mom was a beautiful lady and will be sadly missed by all
    Maggie and Norm Richard

  • Kim Newhouse
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    Dearest Janelle and family.

    I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you now and in the days to come.
    Hold on tight to each other.

  • Jean Little-Stevenson
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    To the Bernier and Walsh families. My sincere sympathies are with you for the loss of Jo-Ann.
    She was a very loving lady and you will treasure your memories. My thoughts are with you.

  • Lib Moore
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    To Jo-Ann’s family I am saddened to hear of Jo-Ann’s passing. I knew her when we were teenagers in Buchans and we reconnected on Facebook. She was so proud of her daughters and her grandchildren and loved them deeply! Sincere condolences to all the family! May she Rest In Peace!

    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family of Jo-Ann, she was a lovely person and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. I had the pleasure of meeting her through her Dad David Walsh, as He use to live in the same apt. building as me, and was also from my home town Cape Breton. R.I.P. Jo-Ann

  • Angie Paeden
    Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2021 Reply

    Sending you so much love Janelle and Suzanne and your families. I am so sorry for your unbearable loss. Your mom loved you fiercely. May her love help you endure the pain of losing her.

  • Judy & Keith
    Posted on: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Reply

    Thinking of you at this difficult time. You are in our hearts and our prayers.

  • Lisa Miller
    Posted on: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Reply

    Sending deepest condolences to you and your family Janelle. May you share in a lifetime of memories, good times and laughs. Sending you big hugs for a celebration of your moms life. 🌸💕

  • Sharon
    Posted on: Saturday, February 6, 2021 Reply

    I extend my condolences to Jo-Ann’s family.
    We went to school together at St. Theresa’s in Buchans and reconnected through Facebook. She was a lovely person and I am very sad to learn that she has died.
    I know from her posts that she loved her family.

  • Rose M. MacNeil MacDonald
    Posted on: Saturday, February 6, 2021 Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers to Jo-Ann family and the Walsh family,( Andrew, Damian, David.)

  • Liz Bernardi
    Posted on: Sunday, February 7, 2021 Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was taken far too soon and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    I had many memorable times with mom and, as a matter of fact, with all of you when you lived in Lindsay.
    I would love to hear from you. Again, my deepest condolences.
    My number is 705-324-6965

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