• Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center
    Boca Raton, FL
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Patricia Mary Bellanca 1948 - 2010
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
dear grandma i miss you and love you so much i hope you are watching over me!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
i love you grandma and love you!!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
grandma i miss u so much.after u passed away i felt so bad because i couldnt come see u.please watch out after me
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
i miss you grandma i wish you were here. i hope your watching out for me. love u
love Lily
Monday, April 19, 2010
To Derrick,Pat and Family,
I knew your mom when I was probably 19 years old. We met when we went to computer school together. I know everyone has mentioned Pat's wonderful smile. I too loved that about her. Her smiling face would light up a room full of people. We instantly became friends. We were inseperable. She then became friends with all my friends. Every body loved your mom no matter where we were.
I had 2 girls Gabrielle and Danielle and as they grew up I would always talk about Pat and how I wished I could find her! We had both gotten married and she and Gary moved to Ma. We all grew up in Long Island,NY. We lost touch with each other and then we found each other again. We were so happy!
Your grandmother had moved to California and asked if your mom would like to live in her house, so we did. It was for a few months and then I think she sold the house. It was in Holbrook. These events are not in order by the way. Just sharing some random thoughts with you.
The last time we lost contact with each other was due to another move by the both of us. I had lost my address book and I believe we both had unlisted phone numbers. But I would try to find out where she was... I send letters to a previous address and hoped they would forwarded it, but no luck. So along comes Facebook and I put in her name and I couldn't find anything so I figured I had the spelling of the last name wrong. Well, that's what it was!! I finally found her I can't tell you how excited I was to have finally found her. I was so happy I couldn't stop crying! A few days went by and my daughter Gaby checked around in there and found out there wasn't any activity about her. So I nosed around a bit and found Derrick's name and wrote to him. Explaining who I was. He wrote back to me the same night, but I didn't know it until the morning. When I read that your mom had passed away, my heart was so broken. I searched for 30 years and finally here she was! I had said to Gaby what if she has died? So she said why would you think that? I told her I don't know I was just feeling it. I wish I was wrong. One month after she crossed over I found her.
I know in my heart that I will see your mother again and we'll be good friends again. My heart ached so much for our friendship that we had. I cried for hours on Sunday morning when I found out.
Well,you all take care and may Heavenly Father bless your family always.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Dear Roxanne, John and Derrick,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. It was an honor for me to see her just several months ago at your wedding Rox. She looked so happy and as always had a wonderful smile that lit up her face. I remember sitting on her lap and talking to her and her asking me how my parents were doing.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends and know that your mom will always be with you.

Monday, April 05, 2010
Dear Roxy and Derrick, When I heard the news about your mom I was absolutely shocked and deeply saddened. Your mom was a real special lady. She adored the two of you and would give the both of you the world if she could. She was a great mom who never judged you and accepted you both for who you wanted to be and do. She had a huge heart and a terrific smile. Even though she has left us all, please know that she is still with you. She will watch over you Roxy when you deliver Little John and be there for you. Just look around and you will find her. My mom comes around as a ladybug one of her favorites. Derrick your mom will continue to see how beautiful Lily and Madison are and be there for all the joyous occasions those two beautiful children of yours have. She loved you Derrick and never failed to be by your side. She will continue to be by your side and guide you like she always did. I know this is a difficult time for the both of you but she will give you the strength you will both need. She wouldn't want you to be sad. She would want you to smile the way she always did and think of her in happy times. She is with her mother now and with Nanny. I will always keep her in my heart. Love Aunt Carol
Monday, April 05, 2010
Dear Pat,

I can still remember the first time we met you. You had on a pretty little short powder blue dress that looked adorable on you. The one thing you had then and always had was that beautiful smile. Your smile was one that made others smile. You were always a part of our family even until the very end. We all loved you so much. You are in heaven now with my mom watching us all and probably having a glass of wine together. I can just see the two of you sitting together talking about the good we do and the bad. Give my mom a kiss and a great big hug and tell her how much we miss her. Please tell her all about Brianna and Matthew and how I wish they could have met her. You will be missed so much and will forever be in our hearts.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Be comforted in the fact that Pat left a smile on the face and in the heart of every person she met. Her infectious laugh and beautiful smile will be in my memory forever. XOXO
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Dear Mom,
When I found out you had passed, so many thoughts passed through my mind. First, I thought about Roxy; “Is she ok?” I felt so bad I wasn’t there with you and her. But now that some time has passed we all know you’re in a much happier place.
Our last conversation was so special to me, because you said the one thing you always said to me and that was, “DERRICK - do not get in TROUBLE!!!!” You always looked after me when no one would. I will never forget how much love you gave Roxy and I. You were the one that always protected us from anything bad, and you tried your best to watch out for us. John, Roxy and I have watched out for you and we all believe you’re in a better place now. We all love you and know you will watch over us and our kids.
Love - Derrick
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Dear Mom,

Please know that I will always love and cherish your daughter and make sure that your legacy lives on in the smiles, happiness and optimism we approach each new day with as our family continues to grow. I am truly grateful for the handful of years I got to share with you and only hope we had more so I could convince you of all my positions and genius theories! Please find peace in this next chapter and keep an ever watchful eye on Jackson and Little John and my beautiful wife Roxanne.

Love - John
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Dear Mom,
I went to the doctor today to get a check-up on Little John. He’s doing wonderfully, and growing bigger each day. The doctor made sure to take a picture of his foot, which the doctor pointed out is quite large. Obviously, the doctor doesn’t know about the BELLANCA feet, which it looks like Little John is destined to have. I guess I I’ll be shoe shopping with LJ in the men’s department at a young age, and have to go through what you went through with Derrick and I. Shoe store after shoe store, shoes just don’t look as good when you bring them out in “canoe size.”
Thank you for having the patience to deal with Derrick and I, and will think of you when I’m shoe shopping with LJ. I know he will miss you when he is delivered to John and I, but I know you will be watching over us with your big heart and smile.
Love – Roxanne
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Pat's passing. How sad for you and your brother to lose her in such a sudden way and I would assume unexpectedly. I shall be thinking of you and the family on Saturday. May you think of her great sense of humor and all the special things she meant to so many as you have her memorial service. She was a very special woman and I shall miss her. I have a beautiful gardenia bush in my back garden that she brought to me when she visited me for the first time in The Villages, FL and I will think of her always when I enjoy the fragrant flowers.
May you always cherish the memories.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Thanks for letting me know of your loss....I'm still having a bit of trouble believing she is gone.
Pat Gerdts
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Your mom was such a nice person and I always remember her being so happy and friendly.

With Love,
Stephanie Bellanca
Thursday, March 25, 2010
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
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