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“Jane and Family, I have admired your devotion to your mom over the years, and i bet she was quite proud of you. I hope she will rest in peace, and...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Deb Stewart - New Haven, CT

“Dear Jane and Lee,I send my most heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your mother. I wish I could attend the service on Tuesday and will be there in...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Ellen Sapega

“Dear Jane and Lee, So very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was always wonderful to Randy and me, and we loved her very much. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Christine Hansen - Clarkston

“Jane,I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's death. I'll be out of town next week or I'd attend the service. My prayers are with you.Barb ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Barb Nangle - New Haven, CT

Bernice Louise Hansen Shepard of Hamden and long time resident of West Hartford died on August 8, 2016 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was born in New Haven on February 19, 1923, the daughter of the late Hans J. and Margaret (Wright) Hansen. She grew up in East Haven where she attended local schools and was active in the Old Stone Church. She graduated from New Haven State Teacher's College (now Southern Connecticut State University) and worked as a teacher in East Haven until 1950 when she married Stanley W. Shepard, moved to New Britain and taught elementary education in Berlin. In 1955, they moved to West Hartford where she spent many years raising her children, substitute teaching in the public schools and donating her time to community service projects such as Meals on Wheels and The American Red Cross. She taught Sunday school at the First Church of Christ Congregational, West Hartford and loved to garden, to bowl and was an avid reader as well as an ardent fan of good music, especially the Metropolitan Opera of New York. She traveled extensively with her husband and particularly loved the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine.

Bernice is survived by a son, Lee Hansen Shepard of South Windsor; a daughter, Jane Kirstine Shepard of Hamden; and grandsons, Brian Lee Shepard and Scott Joseph Shepard both of South Windsor. She is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Stanley Waldron Shepard; and by her brother, Carl Norman Hansen, of Orange, CT.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday August 16, 2016 at 2:00pm in the chapel of The First Church of Christ Congregational, 12 S. Main St., West Hartford. A private burial will occur at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in her memory to The Stanley and Bernice Shepard Fund (which makes grants to improve healthcare) c/o The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 74A Vine Street, New Britain, CT 06052. For online condolences please visit