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Alice H Bergeron, 90, of Ipswich, formerly a resident of Wenham and North Beverly, has passed away. She was known in Ipswich as the "Whippen's Gram."
Alice grew up on Putnam St. in North Beverly as part of the very large Harding family.
She was proud to have graduated from Beverly High School Class of 1945. She worked at The CBS Hytron company in Salem, as a keypunch operator and in the United Shoe Co. in Beverly in the A3 accounting office. She married Robert Bergeron in 1951, and they moved to Wenham with her mother Ann Harding. They shared 30 years of happy marriage until he passed away in 1982. They had one daughter Phyllis Bergeron Whippen.
She also enjoyed working at the Empire clothing company in Danvers .
In 1984, Alice returned to school and became a medical assistant, graduating from Essex Agricultural and Technical school. She worked for Family Healthcare Associates in Danvers following graduation. As a Wenham resident, Alice worked at the town hall as a registrar for voters. She was also a Democratic Town Committee member, census-taker, and was an active member of the Wenham Village Improvement Society. She loved volunteering at the Wenham Tea House and leading Girl Scout troops for years.
Alice was a long time parishioner of St Paul's Church in Hamilton and a member of Our Lady's Sodality.
When she retired, she continued taking care of her five grandchildren - the joy of her life. Over the years she could be seen sliding down a hill, having a "picnic", swinging a hockey stick, and out yelling every other grandmother at the Soccer games, cheering for goals from the "Whippen kids". She always made sure Christmas dreams came true. She will be always remembered by clever quotes like "Horsefeathers" and her love of everything Irish. In 2005 she moved to Ipswich with her daughter and family.
In the past few years She had enjoyed spending time at Harborside Adult Day Health program in Salisbury.
She leaves one daughter, Phyllis Whippen and her husband, John Whippen of Ipswich; and five grandchildren, John Robert Whippen and his wife Reagan Whippen of Wenham, Christopher William Whippen and his wife, Amanda Whippen of Vancouver, Washington, Timothy Shawn Whippen and his wife Johanna Whippen of Gloucester, Ashley Alice Whippen of Ipswich, MA, and Andrew James Whippen of Essex; as well as four great-grandchildren, Anna Whippen of Ipswich, Avery Whippen and Christopher Whippen of Vancouver, Washington, and Elizabeth Whippen of Wenham.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday November 21st. at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Burial will follow in the Hamilton Cemetery Bay Road, Hamilton. Visiting hours will be Monday, November 20th. from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers -donations may be made in her memory to Harborside Adult Day Healthcare - please specify the " participant activity fund" Attn: Jessica Prescott, 141 Bridge Road Unit 4, Salisbury, MA 01952. For directions or to send a condolence to the Bergeron family please go to MorrisFH.com.
Published on  November 18, 2017
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