Bernadette L. (Nadeau) (Towne) Primmer
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Beverly - Bernadette L. (Nadeau) Primmer, 91, passed away March 22, 2020, at Care One at Essex Park in Beverly.
Born in Danvers, she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Louise (Ouimette) Nadeau. She was one of 12 children, raised and educated in Danvers and resided for many years in Wenham before moving to Beverly. Bernie was one of the first employees of the former Ann and Hope in Danvers and worked for many years as head cashier. She loved square dancing and when she was a young mother, she made her six children's clothes and her own square dancing skirts and petticoats. She bowled for many years and was a member of many different leagues. The last league she played on at the age of 86 with her two daughters, Jean and Susan, she beat the pants off of many team players. A great fan of all the Boston teams, she especially loved watching the Red Sox, the Patriots and the Bruins. Bernie was fond of gardening flowers and her favorite was carnations. She loved any kind of board games, Chinese checkers, cribbage puzzles and crossword puzzles. Always ready for a card game, she was a willing participant at bingo and played the daily lottery. A kind, sweet woman, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her son in law Paul always quoted: Bernie was the best and kindest mother in law in the world.
Bernie is survived by her children, John P. Towne and his partner Sue Lee of Antrim, N.H.; Jean Vitale and her husband Paul, formerly of Beverly and of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Linda Gauthier of Beverly; Susan Towne of Beverly; Nancy York and her husband Bob of Farmington, N.H.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three surviving siblings, Anna Mohr of Ill.; Larry Nadeau and Patsy White of Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Robert Towne; her first husband, Charles Towne; and her second husband John Primmer; and her many siblings.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by the Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or
Published on March 24, 2020


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Joan Noyes
Mar 25, 2020
Larry sending condolences to you at the loss of your sister !! I remember many days at Mom's house on River street growing up with your family . God Bless and stay healthy at this very stressful time in the world .. With love and prayers Joan