Bernadette Thompson

THOMPSON, Bernadette Marie – It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that after a long and courageous fight with Scleroderma, and with her family by her side, we announce the passing of Bernadette Marie Thompson (nee Savage) on Sunday August 2, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospice. She has found peace and is now with her father Al and “Bestie” Colleen. Bernadette will be dearly missed by her best friend and Husband Lonnie, sons Daniel (Cassie) and Michael (Justine). Very special Nana to Taylor, Gabrielle, Declan, Norah, Jack, and a sixth grandchild on the way. Predecesed by her Father Alan Savage. Survived by Mother Bernadette Savage, sisters Christine Atkinson (Brad) and Anne-Marie Savage, brothers Paul Savage (Carolyn) and Pete Savage (Maggie). Sister-in Law to Dave Thompson, Joe Lavers (late Colleen), Richard Sim (Maureen), Mary Beth Billick (John) and Rob Thompson (Mitch). Beloved Aunt to Chris, Kate, Jon, Katie, Meryn, Emmy, Glynis, Natalie, John, Sarah, Emma, Chris, Nick, Ryan, Adam, Amanda, Claire, Jonathon, Kaitlyn, Callum, Liv, and Eva. Bernadette worked for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board as a Secretary for several years where she developed many fantastic relationships with staff, parents and students. She will be missed and remembered by lots. She was an inspiration to many people, and is loved and adored by all of her family and friends. Bernadette loved to travel, shop, and enjoy life on the St. Clair River, but especially spend time with her sons and their families. She was “the best Nana ever”. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Wednesday August 5, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with Allan McKeown officiating. Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia or to the charity of one’s choice. Messages and condolences may be left online @ Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

Wednesday August 5, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.


St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia Charity of One's Choice

Funeral Date

10:30 a.m. Thursday August 6, 2015

49 thoughts on “Bernadette Thompson”

  1. Dear Lonnie and extended family…I am so very sorry to hear about Bernadette’s passing. She is now at peace and not suffering anymore. My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow! Thinking about you Lonnie and your family. Hoping all the ‘memories’ you have, help you get through the days ahead. Hugs, Georgina xoxo

  2. Joanna (Palleschi) Solinas

    Dan & family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mothers passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time. She was such a great lady and I will always remember her from our days at St. Helens school.

    May you find peace in your memories of her!


  3. Stan and Wendy Puzak

    Our hearts break for your family. Bernadette was a wonderful woman and loved her family dearly. She will be truly missed by all.

  4. I am so sorry to hear this news. I have very fond memories of her, thinking of you all during this time xo

  5. My deepest condolences to Dan, Wart, Lonnie and your famlies. Bern was one of those special parents that everyone knew, she will be deeply missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  6. I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words that could possibly be said at this time. What I do want to say is how much I cared about and enjoyed your mother, wife, nanna. I had the great fortune to work with Bernadette as her principal while at Sacred Heart School. She was the best secretary I ever had. Smart, efficient, witty and simply an amazing woman! I loved and cherished our time together. She made me look good every day! We had lots of fun!
    I know how much Bernadette loved her family – especially her husband Lonnie. She talked about you Lonnie all of the time with complete love. We loved to talk about our family and we laughed out loud when sharing stories about our sons. She adored her boys! I know this is an enormous void for you all but I also know that this beautiful loving woman would want you to continue to live life with joy and feeling her love always and to continue to be there loving her grandchildren for her. They are all so beautiful. I met a few but she loved her grandkids including her little one on the way. It might take some time but that’s what I think she would want for you. I see Bernadette in her dad’s arms now and at peace. I will be thinking of all of you every day hoping you are a little bit better. I will never forget your wife, mother, or nanna! She was very special lady – one in a million! XO

  7. Perry & Deb Vannieuwenhuyze

    We are truly sorry for your loss, Bernadette was truly an amazing Women. Our prayers and thought are with the Family

  8. Anthony Mannion & Family

    RIP Bern.
    Sincere condolences to all of your grieving family in Canada and beyond. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as they have been throughout this difficult time.

    Your with your Dad now love, as he went first to light the way.

    From Tony M and family in England

  9. Please accept my condolences on the passing of Bernadette, she was a beautiful woman….. Keeping you all in my prayers. God Bless.

  10. Prayers for Lonnie and the family during this sad time. Bern was such a special lady and will be missed by many. RIP dear friend. God Bless

  11. So sorry for your loss. Bernadette was an amazing secretary with a heart of gold towards the children. I had the privilege of knowing her through Sacred Heart School. She always made me laugh.

  12. Graeme and Sally weaver

    Bernadette was always a joy to be around. She made great impressions on all of our family from our days at St Helens school and beyond. Our Deepest sympathies .
    Graeme and Sally Weaver and family

  13. Rick and Ivy Hanicz

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Bernadette was a special person and we are all grateful to have known her. Thinking of your family and how lucky she was to have you all there with her. Many great memories. Rick and Ivy

  14. So sad to hear of the passing of Bernadette. From what I know of her through Ann-Marie, she always described her as a very kind, warm and loving person. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. xx

  15. Deana Lachapelle

    Lonnie and family. Claude and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Heaven now has a Bula Angel. RIP Bern. XO

  16. We would like to send our deepest condolences to your family during this sad time we are thinking of you all.

    Chris Debbie Kyle Kevin and Korey

  17. Justine, Mike & Families

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your families through this difficult time.

    with Deepest Sympathy
    Joanne Sadoquis

  18. Catherine INDERMUHLE

    My beloved Anne Marie and family
    To loose such a young mother sister wife daughter must be terrible ! All my thoughts are with you all ! But this young and beautiful mother sister wife and daughter is not suffering any more and is now in peace , resting in peace ! For you all it is a hard time , for her it must be a wonderful time!!!

    Love u Anne Marie

  19. Brad & Marty Raymer


    Marty and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss Bernadette. She was a very lovely person and we have always regretted not getting together with you guys more often.
    We hope you can find your own peace as time goes on, and remember the good times the two of you had, with a smile.

    Brad & Marty Raymer

  20. From meeting in park with our young sons to seeing at arena for hockey games, Bernadette always had a beautiful smile and a kind word. Although away from Corunna for a long time, my thoughts are now with your family. My mother also suffered with Scleraderma so I well know the battles of this condition. Cherish your memories, her spirit lives on in your hearts.

  21. Shelley & Jim Kelly

    Lonnie & Family

    When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over your family now! We extend our sincere condolences to you.

    Shelley & Jim Kelly

  22. Angela MacDonald

    Dear Lonnie and family,
    Bernadette was a wonderful woman who was loved and admired by the staff at hospice.
    Please know we are thinking of all of you as you face the challenges ahead.

    Angela MacDonald

  23. Lonnie, Dan , Mike I did not know Bernadette was ill. She was a great person a very great person. I am sorry, you must deal with this. I realy hope you follow though life caring like she did. Please guys take care of Dad,

  24. Iain, Lynn,Ryan and Erin Dryburgh

    So sorry to hear of Bernadettes passing. We have many fond memories from lacrosse and may you find comfort in your many memories. Thinking of you.

  25. P am & Rick Wagner

    Dear Lonnie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Bernadette’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Love Pam and Rick

  26. John & Cathy Wigchert

    Dear Lonnie and family: With shock and sadness we would like express our condolences at the passing of Bernadette. We are unable to make the services. Please accept our deepest sympathy. John & Cathy

    Sent via Wi-Fi from Louisville,Kentucky

  27. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. I will always remember her warm smile and kind words. I have many fond memories of Bernadette at many lacrosse tournaments while growing up. Mike, Dan and Lonnie I love you beauties.


  29. judy gould(kanyuk)

    I send my heartfelt sympathies to Bernadette’s family. She was a wonderful and caring person who enriched many people ‘s lives with her kind heart shown in her words and actions.
    I’m grateful that she touched my life. Thank you Bernadette.

  30. Estelle & Hubert McKinley

    Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. A memorial donation has been made to St. Joseph’s Hospice.

    Estelle & Hubert

  31. Brian and Jan Seabrook

    To Lonnie and family,
    We were very shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Bernadette. She was a beautiful person and will be missed by many.
    We are thinking of you all at this time.

    Jan and Brian

  32. Gail and Jeff Belanger and Family

    We are saddened at the passing of Bernadette. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lonnie and your Family. Our hearts go out to you. Sincerely Gail and Jeff Belanger and Family.

  33. Christine Preece (nee Forbes)

    Lonnie and family

    I am so sorry for the loss of Bernadette. She was beautiful inside and out. Her beautiful smile and genuine kindness will missed. I am so sorry I was unable to make her visitation and funeral. Please knows thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. So sorry for your loss! Losing a sibling is that much more difficult to understand. But strength to accept the pain comes from within and is tempered with good memories.

  35. Angela and Tom Harrington

    The service was beautiful. From the songs to the speeches, everything captured the spirit and personality of Bernadette. Well done, she is very proud of all of you.
    You have a strong loving family who will be there to support each other always.
    Our love and deepest sympathies
    Angela and Tom.

  36. Angela and Tom Harrington

    The service was beautiful. From the songs to the speeches, everything captured the spirit and personality of Bernadette. Well done, she is very proud of all of you.
    You have a strong loving family who will be there to support each other always.
    Our love and deepest sympathies
    Angela and Tom.

  37. Tom and Nancy Sinclair and Family

    Lonnie and boys,

    We are very sorry for your loss. We received word while in Montreal and could not make it home. The fact is that there are not any finer people on the planet than the Thompson family and we know that Bernadette is now in a better place. Please try and find comfort knowing that. The courageous battle and never ending positive support that you have provided has been an inspiration to everyone that knows you. You have profoundly touched the lives of everyone in your circle of family and friends.

    Bernadette will be forever missed, but will never be forgotten.

    The Sinclair Family

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