Bernadette Jean Lester



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Rochester: January 4, 2014. Bernadette is predeceased by her parents, Justin A. & Dorothy B. Streb. She is survived by her loving children, Anne Marie ( Rodney Van Scooter) Lester-Zabelny & David M. (Staci) Lester; grandchildren, Gary, Joshua, Cody, Evan, Noah & Hailey; brothers and sisters, Edward J. (Linda) Streb, Joan M. (Thomas) Lester, John R. Streb, Kenneth J. (Janet) Streb, Dolores J. (John) Morrison & Joyce A. (Richard) Jasiura; many nieces and nephews; friend, James M. Lester. Bernadette’s visitation will be held Tuesday, January 7th, 4-8 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 8th, 11 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 55 Martha Street, Spencerport NY 14559. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc., ALS Division, 1425 Jefferson Road, 2nd Floor, Rochester NY 14623 or School of the Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Pkwy., Rochester NY 14623 in her memory. For more information, or to sign Bernadette’s online guestbook, please visit


  1. Bev Daubney on January 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of working with Bernadette and the VESID office when she was looking for a job. She was an absolute joy and I am so glad I took the time to visit with her even after her case was closed. On the day she passed away I was filing some closed clients from the previous month and she touched me so much that I actually thought about her as I was filing and wondering how she was. I was saddened to read about her obituary but happy to know that she is no longer in pain and in a wonderful place. I will never forget her or her spirit.

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  3. Laura Oistad on January 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

    ‘Bunny’ was one of my favorite people on the Earth. Even when things were not going so well, she always maintained a great sense of humor and her kindness. I called her Bernadette, not knowing that everyone else called her Jean, until maybe two years later when her family pointed that out to me. She never corrected me in all that time. I usually had to force her to let me help her, when we both knew that she really needed it…even if it was only a quick vacuum of her floor or bringing in the recycling bin from outside. I only knew her in illness, but would have loved to have been her friend in health, too. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to meet her, care for her, and to have met her very loving family. My condolences to her siblings, especially. You did a great job (and I know how hard it was for her to accept the help). God bless.

  4. Paul and Liz Streb on January 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

    We were so sorry to here about Jean’s passing. We were unable to attend the calling hours or Jean’s service, but please know that we are keeping all in our prayers. We will miss her at the Streb reunions.

  5. Jim Vinette. on January 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Jean was a childhood friend of mine and a great kid. She was always right there with ball and glove in hand to make that trip to the playground for a game of baseball with all the neighborhood kids. My condolences to the family and friends of Jean. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. Marilyn Andraszek on January 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear about Jean’s passing. I had the pleasure of living on the same block with her when I lived on Remington Street. We used to play in her backyard. I recently ran into her in Ruby Tuesdays and when she worked at Bob Johnson’s Chevrolet. I didn’t know she was ill and was surprised to see her obit. I am sure the family remembers the Vinettes from Remington Street. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many.

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