Bernice C. (Sheridan) Cronin McDonald

May 1, 2021

Bernice C. (Sheridan) Cronin McDonald
U.S. Veteran

US Coast Guard

WWII

Bernice C. (Sheridan) Cronin McDonald– of Wakefield, Saturday, May 1st, at the age of ninety-eight. Beloved wife of the late Richard Cronin and the late Bernard McDonald. Cherished mother of Cindy Maher, her late husband Francis “Franny” of Wakefield. Dear sister of the late Mary Connell, George Sheridan and Eleanor Cochran. Adored grandmother of Francis “Frank” Maher Jr. and Shannon Maher both of Wakefield. Loving great-grandmother of Ryder. Also lovingly survived by the McDonald and McCullough Families. Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6th, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn, MA. Burial is private. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in honor of Bernie to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, All Care VNA, Hospice & Home Care 210 Market St, Lynn, MA 01901 or to Perkins School for the Blind 175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472

Bernice (Sheridan) Cronin McDonald, a long time resident of Reading, passed away peacefully, Saturday, May 1st, with her beloved family at her bedside.  The beloved wife of the late Richard “Dick” Cronin and the late Bernard “Bernie” McDonald, Bernice was ninety eight years of age.

Born and raised in Wakefield, “Bernie “was the daughter of the late George and Nellie (Qualters) Sheridan. After graduating from Wakefield High School and working in Boston for a brief time , Bernie enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where she proudly served as Seaman 2/C, from 1943 – 1945 during World War II.

In 1950, Bernie married  the love of her life and best friend Dick Cronin.  Moving to Reading, they nestled right in, where they raised their daughter Cindy.

For many years Bernie worked for the Texaco Corporation and later White Fuel.

Bernie and Dick enjoyed many wonderful trips to England, France, Ireland, Switzerland and Hawaii during those years.

In 1979, they decided to move to the sunny south and settled in Clearwater, Florida. Never a person to waste a minute, Bernie was employed and later retired from Honeywell Corporation. Florida offered many new opportunities for Bernie allowing her to join a bowling league and to learn the game of golf.

After the loss of her loving husband Dick, Bernie reconnected with one of her high school classmates, Bernie McDonald.  As time passed and their relationship blossomed, they joined together and became,  Bernie and Bernie McDonald! They made their home between Clearwater, Florida and Hampton, New Hampshire. 

In 2011, Bernie left Florida and moved back to Wakefield to live with her daughter Cindy and her family. She enjoyed being back to her roots. Bernie loved her visits and phone calls from her nieces and nephews and reconnecting with old friends.

Most of all, Bernie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson.  Bernie’s family was her world.  Adored, cherished and oh, so loved.

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6th, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn, MA. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in honor of Bernie to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, All Care VNA, Hospice & Home Care 210 Market St, Lynn, MA 01901 or to Perkins School for the Blind 175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472

 

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6th, in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church 280 Main St., Woburn, MA. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Burial is private. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in honor of Bernie to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, All Care VNA, Hospice & Home Care 210 Market St, Lynn, MA 01901 or to Perkins School for the Blind 175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472

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  1. Kathy Kennedy

    I will always remember Bernie and Bernie greeting us on their porch in Hampton as we arrived for a day on the beach. Always a gracious hostess, Bernice made us feel like part of the family. She had a wonderful smile and meant the world to Bernie and his family! Rest In Peace, Bernice.❤️

  2. Mayrita 'Bebe' O'Neil

    Auntie Bernie was one of the kindest people on the planet. She and Uncle Rich hosted the most wonderful 4th of July parties every year. As the youngest cousin and niece, I always had a pocketful of fireworks to share. I’ll never forget Uncle Rich defending me to the local police force as I continued to toss firecrackers… They were so loving and generous. Her service in the USCG influenced me in my young adulthood. She will be missed!

  3. Bob Cronin and Family

    Aunt Bernie,

    You were always a classy lady, and very kind to us nieces and nephews . A joy to chat with and a wonderful sense of humor. Peace be with you.

    May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand…

  4. Bernice, you loved life and I’m so happy we could be a small part of it. I will hold my memory of you near & dear to my heart. With endless love and respect – Becky, Sasha, Mariam, and Sophie

  5. Kathleen McCullough

    Jerry, our kids and I will be forever grateful for all the love, happiness and joy that Bernice brought into my Dad’s life and ours!!
    Love you Bernice!!

  6. Jayne Mattson

    Bernie, it was because of your story about your girls club that we started ours. We always loved it when you would join us. Your love of life and people what made others gravitate towards you. May you rest in peace with God. 💘 Jayne

  7. Linda, Scott & Brian Millea

    Our condolences to the Maher family. Bernie brought so much love and joy to anyone who knew her. She will be dearly missed. RIP Bernie xoxo

  8. Dianne L Laing

    A great memory we daughters will always have is “the boa’s” night with you and my mom. You two were so fun together.

    Simply said, you are the everything best !! Time to rest. Love Bam

  9. Carol and Joe (Spida) Kenney

    Bernie, all we can do is smile when we think of all the happy memories. All your fun birthday celebrations with the bikini shirt and the pink boa; our limo ride to Bunker Hill and then to the north end. What a fun day! Cheers to your wonderful life. You knew how to live it! You will be missed!! One in a million! Love, Carol and Spida

  10. Auntie I can’t believe how you made getting older something to look forward to but I’ve used your philosophy for the last 15 years ! I still can’t believe Andrew Beintindi never returned your letters,phone calls or emails but that was his loss ! Thank you for all the family memories and especially all the laughs. Time for a lobster pie and a kalua ! What a great life you enjoyed ! Little Tommy C

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