Fernande's Story

On 7/13/2016, Fernande Jeanette (Turcotte) Beland passed away in Bangor at the age of 86. Friends and family knew her as Fern. She and her twin sister Rolande were born on December 23, 1929, in Inverness, Quebec to Napoleon and Mary Turcotte. She attended schools in Inverness and Thetford Mines, Quebec. On Sept 12, 1953, she married Reginald Beland of Augusta, Maine in a double ceremony alongside her twin sister. Fern and Reggie settled in Augusta, and Fern was proud to become a naturalized US citizen.

Fern devoted most of her time to raising her sons Kenneth and Michael and managing the household. The family lived in Augusta, Portland, Farmington, Islesboro, Belmont, and Belfast. Fern was a wonderful cook, and passed on her talents to her sons and grandsons. She loved to paint and created many beautiful seascapes of foggy Penobscot Bay. Fern learned to ski, and the family spent many pleasant days on the ski slopes. Fern and Reggie loved to play bridge with friends and "five hundred" at family gatherings.

Fern is survived by her husband of 62 years, Reginald Cleophase Beland, her son Kenneth Beland and his wife Judy, their sons Luke and Christopher; her son Michael and his wife Tracy Goller and their son Jason. Fern will be interred in a private ceremony at the Maine Veterans cemetery on Mt. Vernon Road in Augusta, Maine.
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