Obituaries: Bernice F. Messier

Bernice F. (Sipkowski) Messier, 82, of Bristol, formerly of St. Augustine, FL, wife of the late Donald Messier, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016 at Bradley Memorial Hospital, Southington.  She was born July 17, 1934 in Waterbury and was a daughter of the late Julius and Mary Sipkowski.  She grew up in Thomaston and upon marrying moved to Bristol where she lived for many years before becoming a seasonal resident of St. Augustine, Florida in 1985. She moved back to Bristol after the passing of her husband. During her short time living back in Bristol, she enjoyed every day of her life with her kids.  She was a loving Mom and an avid animal lover. She loved her “four legged friends”, a succession of cats and dogs in life that she considered her grandchildren, a list that includes: Mr. Ed, Sheba, Elsa, Sammy Joe, Chico, Piglet, Friskie, Mittens, Peanut and Lilly and her dogs Chantel and Tilly. She is survived by two sons, Daniel Messier of Bristol and his girlfriend Linda Isari of Newington, and David Messier of Bristol, and daughter Elaine Messier of Bristol and brother-in law Edgar and wife Lucille Messier of Bristol and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.  Funeral services are private.  There are no calling hours.  DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, is in charge of arrangements.  To leave a condolence message in Bernice’s guestbook please visit