Bernice (Reklaitis) Bowden, born 1926 in Lithuania, daughter of Andrew and Helen Reklaitis, sister to William Reklaitis, Anthony Reklaitis and Helen Perbeck, died July 17, 2017, at home with family.
At less than 3 months of age, she came to this country already a U.S. citizen as the daughter of a WWI U.S. Army veteran. She lived in Bristol the rest of her life and graduated Bristol High School in 1945. She worked as a bookkeeper at Miller’s Dept. Store. She married Melvin Bowden, a WWII U.S. Army veteran in 1950, started a family, a family business, and build the home she lived in for 60-plus years.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband and siblings.
She is survived by her three children, Elaine Lehmert of West Orange, N.J., James Bowden of Bristol and Linda Therriault and husband, David, of West Hartford; and her four grandchildren, Kate and Sam Lehert, Patrick and Emily Therriault.
She took great pride and enjoyment in the character and accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Best Mom and Gramma ever. She loved her family and her family loved her. Burial will be private and at the convenience of her family.
Dunn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.