NEW BEDFORD — Gertrude (Dupont) Palmieri, 90, of New Bedford, passed away on September 8, 2018 surrounded by family. She was the wife of the late Louis Bochichio and the late Albert Palmieri. Born in Fairhaven, she was the beloved daughter of the late Oscar and Marie Louise Dupont. She was predeceased by her siblings, Florence Sorelle, Irene Tomasik, and Oscar Dupont.
Gertrude is survived by her three loving daughters; Susan Tetrault and her husband Paul, Diane Savoie and her husband Normand, and Jeanne Fabian and her husband John. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Steven Tetrault, Jennifer Ciesielski, Jeffrey Fabian, Jessica Skelton, Joshua Fabian and Jacob Fabian. In addition, she leaves seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two step-children, Leslie Ashford and James Palmieri.
Gertrude graduated first in her class at the Sacred Hearts Academy and worked as a secretary/bookkeeper until she retired. She was always known for her quick wit and outgoing personality. Her greatest joy is her family, with whom she spent most of her time. She especially loved going out to dinner on Friday night, enjoying family lunch on Sunday, attending every holiday, birthday, graduation and special event with all her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She considered herself the luckiest person with regards to her family and would share that fact with anyone she encountered. Most recently she enjoyed participation in the Adult Social Day Care Program at Brooklawn Park in New Bedford.
Her funeral will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9 a.m. from the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph-St. Therese Church, Acushnet Ave., New Bedford. Calling hours are Sunday, September 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford. For directions or to send a tribute, please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com
"Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind." William Wordsworth