GRAND ISLE - Mathieu "Bernie" Levasseur, 74, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his home. He was born Sept. 21, 1938, in Grand Isle, son of Lewis and Irene (Devost) Levasseur.
After his graduation from Madawasaka High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army
where he served in Italy and Germany as a helicopter crew chief. Upon his return to Grand Isle in 1964, he joined the National Guard in Fort Kent and was with them for 37 years, retiring as a first sergeant. Bernie retired from Fraser Paper in 2000 where he worked as a security guard for many years. He was a past commander and a lifelong member of American Legion Post 147, Madawaska. He was a communicant of St. Gerard Parish and a third degree member of Knights of Columbus, Council No. 8414, Grand Isle. After retirement, Bernie and his wife, Patricia enjoyed vacationing during the winter months in Florida, where he spent much time playing golf. Bernie was proud of being able to return to Italy two years ago with his two sons.
He is survived by loving wife of 51 years, Patricia (L'Italien) Levasseur of Grand Isle; two sons, Michael B. Levasseur of Springvale, and Wayne D. Levasseur and wife, Monik, of Edmundston; two brothers, Edward Levasseur and wife, Jackie, of Madawaska, and Joel Levasseur of Damariscotta; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and one brother, Father Angelo Levasseur.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at St. Gerard Church, Grand Isle. Family and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Monday and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lajoie Funeral Home. Contributions in Bernie's memory may be made to Mizpah, P.O. Box 216, Grand Isle, ME 04746. For online condolences, please visit www.lajoiefuneralhome.com