Bernadette Ortynsky, age 101


Bernadette Ortynsky, born Bernadette Grenier, completed her earthy journey and entered into the presence of God on March 10, 2016.   

She was the 4th child born to Emile and Regina Grenier in Cambridge Mass on June 24, 1914.  For over 101 years she lent her voice to the things she cared about. She grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and was a graduate of Regis College and received her Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from Simmons College.  In her early years, she was a psychiatric social worker in New York City during the Great Depression.    She married Roman Ortynsky in February of 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. She and Roman had two girls, Suzanne and Daria. Throughout her years she used her education and experience to help those that she could. In 1977 she moved from Bel Air, Md. to Peachtree City and was one of the original members of the Pioneer Group in Peachtree City. She was fortunate to live her life independently until the very end. She renewed her driver’s license at the age of 100, and was even able to maintain her gym workouts until three weeks before she passed. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, and her husband Roman.   

 She is survived by her brother, Fr. Louis Grenier, S.J. (97),  two daughters Suzanne (Russ) Heil and Daria (Rod) Cloyd, four grandsons, and eight great-grandchildren.   

 A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday April 9 at 4 p.m. at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church.   

 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the Peachtree City United Methodist music fund or the Cancer Center Fund at Fayette Piedmont Hospital.     

 The family would like to thank all of the people that helped her throughout her later years. Specifically, thanks to: Dr. Snapperman, Dr. Rao, Serenity Hospice, and Home Helpers.

 Carl J Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree