Father Lucien Bernard ‘Bernie’ LaMontagne

Father Lucien Bernard ‘Bernie’ LaMontagne

Father Lucien Bernard “Bernie” LaMontagne, 81, of Terre Haute, Ind., passed into his spiritual life on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Providence Healthcare.

He was a Roman Catholic priest with the Diocese of Providence, R.I. Father Bernie was born July 4, 1938, in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to Roland and Beatrice (Santerre) LaMontagne.

He is survived by his brother, Gerard LaMontagne and his wife Carol; nieces, Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil and her husband, Matthew; Amy LaMontagne and her wife, Missi Werner; and Keri LaMontagne Croteau and her husband, Mike; great-nieces and nephews, Riley Croteau, Simi LaMontagne, Bradley Beausoleil, Cali Croteau, and Rowan LaMontagne; Godsons, John Michael Elmore and Kenneth Wagle; and many spiritual children, friends, students, and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Donald LaMontagne. He was the oldest of 64 grandchildren.

Father Bernie studied at the University of Ottowa and Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, R.I., before being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Providence on June 8, 1963. He recently celebrated his 56th anniversary of ordination. Following his ordination he served at St. Agatha and St. Aloysius parishes in Woonsocket, R.I., and St. James Parish in Manville, R.I., before accepting a teaching position on Aug. 1, 1975, at Saint-Mary-of the-Woods College in Indiana.

During his 38-plus years of teaching at the college he taught theology, scripture and several languages. He also served for a time as part-time chaplain for the Sisters of Providence. He retired in 2013 but continued to serve the Terre Haute community in many ways, especially Union Hospital, Cannon Inn nursing home, and several parishes and funeral homes.

His lifelong loves were family, opera and classical music, cooking, reading and scripture study, and spending time with friends and colleagues. He especially loved traveling back to his beloved Rhode Island every year. His good friend and next-door neighbor of over 25 years described him as “one the finest, most faith-filled, and funniest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. His life was a blessing to all who knew him.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Jude’s Church, 301 Front St., Lincoln, R.I.