Bertha Pauleus, nee Jacques was born in Grand-Bois, Haiti on June 8, 1942. 3rd oldest of 6 children, she grew up in Thomazeau along with her 4 sisters: Carmelle, Fillette, Margella, Lucienne and the youngest of the brood 1 brother named Baudelaire.
In the late 60s Bertha met and married the love of her life, Luc (Lucas) with whom she shared 4 children: Joelle, Vladimir, Rony, and the baby of the family Luc-Bernard. The couple migrated to the United States in the late 70s and settled in New York where they ultimately raised their family.
Mom strongly believed in education and in being the best you could be, and she led by example. She instilled in us the drive to do better, be better, never settle but to challenge ourselves to go further. Growing up, she taught us kids to love, support and be there for each other and to also be kind to others and treat them as we would want to be treated.
Forever the gracious hostess, you can never leave Bertha’s house without first sharing a meal, a smile or an encouraging word. She loved people and people loved her. Mom loved her tv shows, Chuck Norris (Walker, Texas Ranger) was one her favorites, but the ultimate for her was her WWE wrestling shows. It wasn’t unusual to hear her yell at the tv when watching her favorite guys battle it out on the screen.
Mom maintained a close relationship with a tight network of not just family (her sisters, her dear cousins), but also with some very close friends who became family through the many many years; she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Bertha passed away on the night of Friday September 13, 2019 as a result of an unfortunate stroke. She is survived by her 4 children and their spouses: Joelle, Alain, Vladimir, Denae, Rony, Chantal, Luc and Elizabeth; her 9 grand-children: Fabrice, Dante, Olivier, Gabriel, Kaeden, Raphael, Noah, Trestyn and Isabella; her sisters Fillette and Lucienne, her brother Baudelaire, her sister and brother in laws, her many nephews and nieces, cousins, along with her tight knit of close friends.
Until we see her again, May God Bless her soul!