Lynch, Bernardine M. “Bernie”
Bernardine Marie Lynch, 83, of Somerset, NJ passed away peacefully Wednesday April 21, 2021 at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon, NJ. Bernardine was born in Flushing Queens, NY and grew up in Bayside Queens, NY. She moved to Bridgewater, NJ in 1976 and resided there for 39 years before relocating to Somerset in 2015.
Daughter of the late James and Mary (nee Fitzsimons) Gormley, Bernardine graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY and studied at St. John’s University in Queens, NY and the Grace Institute in Manhasset, NY. She worked at W.R. Grace in New York City before devoting herself to raising her family.
Mrs. Lynch enjoyed weekly phone calls with her identical twin sister Jeanie for 56 years, playing her organ, sewing, reading, playing bridge, Irish feis music, and attending Broadway and community theater productions. Bernardine’s most cherished moments were spent with her loving family that included 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 16 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years James J. Lynch Jr. in 2018 as well as her brother Joseph Gormley.
Survivors include her children John and his wife Suzanne of Green Township, Thomas and his wife Elizabeth of Frenchtown, Kevin and his wife Christina of Maplewood, Robert and his wife Katy of Independence and Daniel and his wife Carole of Concord, MA. Also surviving are her grandchildren John, Kaitlyn, Allyson, Ryan, Brenden, Declan, Michaela, Colin, Paige, Kourtney, Christopher, Daniel, and Dominic. Bernardine is also survived by her sisters Margaret and her husband John Detko and Regina and her husband William Murray.
Due to COVID the family will hold a private funeral service. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Bernardine’s name to the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice at http://www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/memorials/