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Fernande Strineka

Fernande J. "Fern" (Bastarache) Strineka

Wednesday, February 17th, 1937 - Sunday, December 16th, 2018
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Fernande J. (Bastarache) Strineka

Leesburg, FL

Fernande “Fern” J. (Bastarache) Strineka, 81, passed away at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans on Sunday December 16, 2018. Fern was born in Moncton, New Brunswick on February 17, 1937, daughter of the late Vital Bastarache and Flora Melanson.

Fern was brought up in Edmonston, NB and was the oldest child in the family. At the age of four, she knew that she was going to be a teacher and led “classes” with her friends and four siblings. She loved figure skating, playing the piano and violin, tennis, movies, reading and dancing. She received her teacher’s degree at the University of N.B. in Fredericton, where she was the President of her class and Secretary of the student council. While attending college in N.B., she went to a dance and met the love of her life, Dave Jones who was stationed at Limestone Air Force Base in Maine. They married and moved to Connecticut and eventually Vermont, where they raised their four children: David, Brian, Elaine and Ken.

After becoming a single parent, Fern earned her Masters degree from the University of Vermont.
She raised her four children with love and devotion and was so proud of all of them. She took great pleasure in her oral recollections of each of their childhood memories. The family spent summers at the cottage on the Ocean in St. Thomas, N.B. Canada.

Fern was a wonderful teacher who was loved by her students. She had a special way of conforming to their individual needs. Fern taught language arts and french at BFA Fairfax for 25 years. She was also the librarian trustee, teachers union representative, which paved the way for future teachers pay and benefits.

After marrying Stephen, Fern retired and moved to Florida for winters and spent summers at the cottage in N.B. She stayed active during her retirement leading aerobic classes, walking and spending time with her children. Her zest for life, positive and ageless attitude will always be remembered and well-respected.

Fern is survived by her three sons, David Jones of Burlington, Brian and his wife Evie Jones of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, Ken Jones of Whitefish, Montana, her daughter Elaine Jones of Swanton, two brothers Gerald and wife Carmen Bastarache, Raymond and wife Monik Bastarache, two sisters Gilberte “Gibby” Bastarche and Jeannine Powers, three grandchildren: David James Therrien III, Tyler Deforest Jones and Kylee Morgan Jones.

Fern was also predeceased by the father of her children, Richard David Jones and her husband Stephen Strineka, retired Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy.

Visiting hours will be held, Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday December 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church, Fairfax. Burial will be in the spring in the family lot in St. Luke’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    A. W. Rich Funeral Home - Fairfax Chapel
    1176 main St.
    FAIRFAX, VT 05454
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    Visiting hours will be held Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, December 20th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 20th, 2018 11:00am
    St. Luke Church
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    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday December 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church, Fairfax. Burial will be in the spring in the family lot in St. Luke’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family.


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Posted at 12:38pm
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have no doubt that God will remember her and keep her memory safe. He will surely be glad to bring her back to life in a perfect world when suffering will be no more and we will all welcome back our loved ones that are asleep in death. (Revelation 21:4 & John 5:28, 29) May our loving Father bring your family the peace and comfort only He can provide.

Emily E.

Posted at 07:47pm
Dear family of Ms Fernande, I am very sorry for your loss. It is my hope that until now, this date, you have been receiving comforting words to help you with your grief. Please be assured that there is comfort to be found in the Loving words of Promise from God. This Promise is written down in His Holy Word the Bible at John 11:25 and Revelation 21:4. May those words show you that Ms Fernande is in God's Memory and He will not forget her .

Tom & Mary Machia

Posted at 07:47pm
To the family of Fern, we are sorry for the loss of your Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Tom & Mary Machia

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Many condolences from all at NGA.Our hearts go out to you all, wishing you peace and love at this time.

Joanna therrien

Posted at 04:47am
Lanie. Hugs to you and your brothers and of course david. Send with love and misses jojo


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