Michelle (Bernier) Hatch, 68 and a longtime Littleton resident passed away peacefully on May 15, 2021 surrounded by family. Michelle was born in Waterville, Maine, the eldest daughter of Albert and Shirley Bernier. She was the beloved wife of Roger Hatch. She is survived by her husband, Roger; her children, Rachel Hatch, Nicole Farley, Lydia Hatch, and Aaron Hatch; her grandchildren Edward (Teddy) Farley, Evelyn Farley, and Bruce Schramm; her six siblings, Maureen Jakubson, David Bernier, Maryanne Bernier, Paul Bernier, Margaret Boyd, and Dan Bernier; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She attended Mount Merici Academy and then Colby College, graduating in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in history. Michelle met her husband Roger during their first year at Colby, and they married in Waterville in 1977. They moved to Littleton, Massachusetts in 1987. They enjoyed 44 years of marriage together, a marriage their children view as an exemplary partnership.
While her children were young, Michelle provided neighborhood day care. From 2001-2011, she served as the Religious Education Coordinator grades 7-10 at St. Anne Parish in Littleton; from 2011-2019, she worked as the Religious Education Director at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sudbury.
Michelle was a devout Catholic; a gardener; an avid walker; a swimmer; an embroiderer; and a museum-goer. She was an intrepid, all-weather camper; a canoeist of Maine's Belgrade Lakes; a beachcomber; and an architect of gentle mischief. A reader and a keen observer of nature, she shared these interests with her husband and seeded them in her children. Michelle's love of history extended to the chronicles of her French-Canadian and Irish-American families often bantered among her parents and siblings on summer trips to the family camp. Michelle was a tireless mother and devoted grandmother, who adored her role as "Mémère." She will be remembered for her quiet elegance and the steadfast calm and sense of humor that led her family to look to her for counsel and leadership.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Michelle for a period of visitation in the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King Street, Littleton from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Thursday May 20, 2021. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Blessed Trinity Parish- St. Anne Church, 75 King Street, Littleton at 10:00 am on Friday May 21, 2021. This service is private for family only, however the service will be live streamed via the link at the bottom of the page. Public interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, New Estate Road, Littleton.
Flowers or memorial contributions are greatly appreciated. For those who wish, contributions may be made in Michelle's name to:
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To view Michelle's Funeral Mass on Friday May 21, please follow the link below at 10:00 am EST.
Arrangements under the care of Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St., Littleton MA, 01460 978-486-3709 www.badgerfuneral.com