Obituaries: Irene Claire Gorneault


Irene Claire (Laferte) Gorneault, 79, of Bristol, beloved wife of Reginald U. “Reggie” Gorneault, died on Monday (September 12, 2016) at Bristol Hospital.  Irene was born in Bristol on December 10, 1936 and was the only child of the late Armand and Claire (Lamothe) Laferte.  A lifelong Bristol resident, she graduated from Bristol High School.  She was a longtime parishioner of St. Ann Church, Bristol, where she enjoyed singing as a member of both the French and English Choirs and was a member of the Ladies of St. Ann Society and the League of Sacred Heart.  Irene loved nature and enjoyed having flowers in and around the house.  She was very devoted to her loving family and, in addition to her husband of 60 years, Irene is survived by four children: Marie Dionne and husband, John, of Thomaston, James Gorneault of Bristol, Mark Gorneault and wife, Susan, of Bristol, and Steven Gorneault and wife, Nicole, of New Hartford; and eight grandchildren: Danielle Dionne, Samantha, Reggie, Megan, Katelynn, Joel, Hanna, and Noah Gorneault.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday (September 17, 2016) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Ann Church, 215 West St., Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.  Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Friday between 5 and 7 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Church Memorial Fund, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010.  Please visit Irene’s memorial website at