|Birth: ||Jul. 20, 1922|
|Death: ||Mar. 19, 2012|
Bernice Mary "Bernie" Ambrosetti, formerly of Windsor, peacefully found her eternal rest on Monday, (March 19, 2012), in her daughter's home in the loving presence of her family and caregivers. She was 89. Bernice was born in Williamstown, MA, on July 20, 1922, one of two daughters of Francis and Margaret Cardinal Benoit. Bernie always treasured her Berkshire Hills roots and spent many enjoyable times in later years with her cherished husband Charlie,.. taking daytrips to the region, enjoying shopping at Country Curtains, getting a bite to eat, stopping at every garden center along the Mohawk Trail - and always stopping at her parents' gravesites in North Adams. A graduate of Bulkeley High School in Hartford, Class of 1940, Bernie excelled in stenography and following World War II found work as a secretary at Connecticut Beef in Hartford, It was there that Bernice met her future husband Charlie, a kind, warmhearted salesman and family man. Bernice and Charlie purchased a tiny, post-war Cape on Matianuck Avenue in Windsor, where they would live for nearly 60 years and raise four children. Bernice loved being a Mom, gardening, sewing, crafts, baking and maintaining a warm, loving home for her family. She cultivated spectacular orchids, baked an apple pie with the world's tastiest crust, made Easter dresses and matching coats for her daughters, and filled the homes of family and friends with countless, crafted-with-love ceramic keepsakes. Every Saturday, Bernice would clean her home top to bottom, and along with her daughter would sing along joyously to Barbara Streisand and the Sound of Music while the two cleaned and vacuumed. Bernice's most cherished pursuit was raising and enjoying her family. Bernice loved nothing better than having the family visit on a holiday and whipping up a family feast. She did it with selfless love and devotion and throughout her life, should one of her children or grandchildren ever need a helping hand or word of encouragement, Bernie was always there. Once her family was raised, Bernice returned to work and for many years was the beloved social services coordinator at the former Mountain View Convalescent Home in Windsor. Just as she cared for her family, Bernice in later years cared for countless elderly patients and their families; when an elderly resident needed a new pair of shoes or a hand to hold, it was Bernice who was there; when family needed guidance and support, Bernice provided it; and when help was needed to secure benefits or fill out paperwork, Bernice handled it. In their retirement, Bernie and Charlie enjoyed cruise vacations and Bernice, naturally, was a much-relied upon coordinator for her tour groups. Following Charlie's passing in 2008, Bernice began a slow decline and spent the final nine months of her life living with her daughter. The devotion to family Bernice demonstrated throughout her life was returned to her tenfold by Charlene, who devoted her every waking hour to filling her Mom's final years with loving care and tenderness. Thanks to___ dedication, both Bernice and her husband, Charlie, passed peacefully and comfortably in their own beds, not having spent a moment of their final months in a nursing facility or hospital. Bernice is survived by... She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Peggy...
Burial will follow at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery on East Street, Windsor...
Published in The Hartford Courant on March 21, 2012
Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Sec 8 Row 2 Lot 43
Created by: Ray Thomas
Record added: Nov 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101222358