Elizabeth Barbarito Bertier of North Branford passed away peacefully on March 21st after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was the daughter of the late Vito William Barbarito and Mary Trivigna Barbarito of New Haven, CT. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Patrick Bertier, and her daughter Marianne Potter. Elizabeth is survived by three children, William Bertier (Rosangela) of Prospect, Patrice Welch of Storrs, and Robert Bertier of North Branford, and her sister Dorothy of Florida. She leaves 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Elizabeth worked for over 30 years at Connecticut Mental Health while taking continuous classes until achieving her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Albertus Magnus College. Elizabeth's thirst to learn and work led her to continue her schooling at Southern Connecticut University where she attained her Master's Degree in counseling. In her mid-sixties, Elizabeth retired from her job and began her new career as a counselor for the Wallingford Adult Education program, working until the age of 87. Elizabeth firmly believed that learning is a life-long journey that all should pursue. In addition to her incredible tenacity, she was a giver, a listener and always had a positive word for others. She was an incredible cook, an avid reader, and loved watching baseball with Patrick. Elizabeth was fortunate to spend her last years at home due to the incredible care from her son Robert. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
An 11:00 a.m. mass will be held at St. Augustine's Church in North Branford on Friday, March 25th with a Christian burial following at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven. Should you care to do something in her honor, please consider supporting St. Jude's, the Alzheimer's Association or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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