Hudson – Rita H (Butland) Bernard, 83 years old passed away from a brief illness on Tuesday, May 30th 2023 at The Villages Regional Hospital.
Born in Hudson MA, Rita was the daughter of James E. Butland and Evelyn F. (Sullivan) Butland. She had lived in Leesburg, Florida as well as Clinton, MA.
Rita leaves her Husband John D. Benard of Leesburg, Florida; her daughter Deborah Nieves of Gardner, MA; her Son Paul Bernard from Rutland MA; her son Charles Bernard and his wife Jean of Clinton MA and son John Bernard of Leominster, MA as well as 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Rita was survived by her Brother Robert Butland of Potomac MD; Evelyn Crippen of Hudson MA and Kathryn Kittredge of Moultonborough, NH. Rita was predeceased by her brothers James, Edward and Herbert Butland.
Rita received her GED in 1977. She worked as a stock clerk within multiple electronic companies. She loved playing bingo, arts and crafts and spending time with her family. Rita was a member of the Lions Club in Leesburg Fl. and loved her time spent volunteering there.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 9:30 to 11 am on Tuesday June 6th 2023 at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. A funeral service and Celebration of Rita’s life will follow at 11am in the funeral home. Burial services will immediately follow at Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory Rita may be made to the following charitable organizations: Wounded Warriors Project or New England Lab Rescue.