Irene O. Harnois

July 21, 2021


Irene O. (L’Ecuyer) Harnois, 102 of New Bedford passed away Wednesday, July 21st peacefully at the Sacred Heart Home where she had resided for the last 11 years.  She was the wife of the late Leopold F. Harnois.

The youngest of 8 children, all deceased, she was born and raised in New Bedford, daughter of the late Hector and Marie Louise (Champaigne) L’Ecuyer, Irene graduated from New Bedford High School in 1937 and then the Wilfred Academy in Boston where she later would be an instructor of cosmetology.  She also taught at the New Bedford Beauty Academy.

A lifelong resident of the city, she was an active longtime member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church where she taught CCD and was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club.  She was also a member of Les Dames Patronesse and a recipient of the Marian Medal.

Irene is survived by a nephew, Ronald Picard of Canada;   a niece, Marie Biedinger of NY;  and several great nieces and nephews to include Michael Smith and his wife Kathy of New Bedford and their sons, Lukas and Zachary.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Sacred Heart Home for the love, care and devotion provided to Irene over the years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 26, 2021 at 11am in St. Lawrence Martyr Church, New Bedford followed by interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery #2, New Bedford.  Calling hours are omitted and arrangements are under the direction of the Donaghy New Day Cremation and Funeral Care, 465 County St., New Bedford.  For memorial register please visit,

Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Family/Holy Name School, 91 Summer St., New Bedford, MA 02740.



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Funeral Mass
July 26, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Lawrence Martyr Church
110 Summer St.
New Bedford, MA 02740


Holy Family/Holy Name School
91 Summer St., New Bedford MA 02740

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