Bangor - Bernice "Bunny" Marie Hardin Gendreau, professionally known as "Bunny Dunn", passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, after a five year challenge with cancer. Bunny was born on October 11, 1934, in Danforth, the daughter of Leah Gould Hardin and Henry Hardin. She grew up in the Hampden and Winterport area with many fond memories of her childhood schools and friends.
Bunny worked at Bangor Mental Health for 23 years where patients could count on her for compassion and care. Bunny then went on to graduate from Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Nursing in May of 1975 as a Registered Nurse. For the next 20 years, she worked the job she loved so much; tending the mothers through Labor and Delivery at EMMC, where doctors also lovingly referred to her as "The Rabbit" for her keen sense of timing. Her severe arthritis caused her to be disabled at the age of 61. She continued her close friendships with her fellow nurses as they retired and formed the "Old Fart's Club", who met often for lunch.
On top of a very demanding and busy work schedule, Bunny always had time for her big, blended family. She would pull out all the stops, and fix giant holiday meals; making sure everyone at the table saw his or her favorite food. She made the best fruit breads in the whole world.
She married her sweetheart and best friend, Leo Gendreau, who added a wonderful spark to her life when she wasn't looking. They enjoyed 13 years of marriage before he passed away on October 21, 2009. Leo and Bunny liked taking road trips throughout the United States together.
Bunny was the eldest of 6 children, her brother, Wilfred "Red" Crossman, wife Marjorie, and 4 sisters; Francis McLaughlin, Judith Dahl, Valerie McMillan, and Cheryl Vigneault; her three sisters by marriage, Rena Cyr of CT, Omerine Clavette, husband Clifford of CT, and Joan Gendreau.
Bunny was preceded in death by her grandsons, Joshua Arasate Doucette and Leo St. Germain; her daughter by marriage, Gail Googins; her sister, Francis "Fran" McLaughlin, and husband, Bob; brother-in-law, Leroy McMillin; sister, Judith "Judy" Dahl, and late husband; and good friend, S. Andrew Dunn I.
She is survived by her children, Audrey Wilson, husband John of FL, Lee Shirland, husband Tom of NC; Janet Doucette, husband Fran Arasate Doucette of Old Town; John Dunn and Shelly Philbrick of VA; and daughter-in-law, Melissa Dunn of HI; her daughter by heart, Barbara Joyce, husband Phillip; her children by marriage, Andrea Dunn Dodd, husband Mike of AK; Leo Gendreau II, Katherine Gallimore, husband Chris of Panama; Rolland Gendreau, wife Kelly; her grandchildren, Angela Curtis, Mary Sanborn of NH, Amanda Brehm, Tom Shirland Jr. of AL, Christopher Shirland, Cheryl Greer of NC, Jillian Dupuis, Kristie Clement, Scott Dunn II of HI, Kristina Lombas of LA, Brent St. Germain of AK, Christine Jones of UT, Heather Gendreau, Curtis Martinez, Dana Tucker of NH, Grant Gallimore of TN, Nathan and Noah Gendreau. She was proud of and loved her many great-grandchildren as well.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 1-3 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2020, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 3 p.m., with Pastor Steve Nute officiating. All are welcome to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, immediately following the service, Sunday. Interment will be at 10 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2020, in Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Ohio Street, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northern Light Health, EMMC Neonatal ICU, 489 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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Katie Grant
Feb 16, 2020
Bunny you were just the sweetest, Most loving and genuinely caring woman. You were such a bright light even when things seemed dark. I'm so grateful to have known you and you will be very missed. My condolences to the family. Love you all and you're in my thoughts. Xox
Marilynn Veilleux
Feb 16, 2020
I was lucky enough to have been invited to a couple of those fantastic family meals, and it was through her kitchen I had my first and only Baked Alaska! She sure could cook and loved taking care of all that came to her house. Such a sweet lady.
Sheila McLaughlin
Feb 16, 2020
Loved how she was everyone's cheerleader, how she traveled a far distance for my graduations, and how she made every event special and created beautiful memories with photo albums and video albums. Will miss her!
Corey Grant
Feb 16, 2020
Bunny will forever stay in my memory as an amazing, loving and strong woman who accepted everybody for who they are. She truly led by example and i am privileged to have known her. To Lee, Tom, Cheryl, Tommy, Chris, and all of Bunny's family, I send my condolences and am thinking of you all.
George and Teresa Buffel
Feb 15, 2020
Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all.
Tom & Vickie Poston.
Feb 15, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your mother touched many lives.
Sandy Wardwell
Feb 15, 2020
I have the fondest memories of working nights in L & D with Bunny...... she always lifted us up, had nothing but smiles and encouragement for all, had the biggest heart full of love. There’s a very special angel now, watching over us and carrying on just the same in heaven.
Sharon Rush
Feb 14, 2020
Heavenly Heights Bouquet was purchased for the family of Bernice "Bunny" Marie Hardin Gendreau by Sharon Rush.  Send flowers
Dave and Deb Inman
Feb 14, 2020
So.... sorry for your loss Chris and Wendy. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Janice Thomas Farmer
Feb 13, 2020
I graduated with Bunny from EMMC 1975. She made second careers cool before the world realized they were a thing. Her love, caring and compassion was tangible, an amazing woman, that I was blessed to know.
Judith A
Feb 13, 2020
I didn’t know Bernice personally but enjoyed many an exchange on Facebook! I guess we kind of knew each other by sharing common views! I will miss her comments and exchanges we had! I am so sorry for her family but she now resides with the Lord, happy and healthy! God bless all of you!