Elizabeth DiMassimo

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Elizabeth DiMassimo

1934 - 2014 PITTSFIELD ­­-- Elizabeth A. "Betty" DiMassimo, 80, formerly of 103 Holmes Road, died Aug. 30, at her home in Naples, Fla., after a long illness. She was the wife of Joseph A. DiMassimo, with whom she celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20. Born March 8, 1934, in Clarksburg, the daughter of Clinton and Lillian Greep Tisdale, she was a 1951 honor graduate of Drury High School. Primarily a homemaker, she worked part time as a bookkeeper for several years in her younger years. Since 1981, she had helped run the family business, Teo's Hot Dogs, in Pittsfield. She and her husband also owned and operated a Teo's restaurant in Naples for 10 years. While in Naples, where she and her husband moved in 1992, Betty enjoyed success as the owner of dozens of greyhounds, several of whom became champions who earned national recognition. Her dogs won five Florida stakes races and three Night of Stars championships. She also owned a Hall of Fame dog, Greys Swing Gate. Her first dog, a Christmas gift from her husband, was named Big Bad Betty. A voracious reader, she accumulated and gave away thousands of books, and had amassed close to 800 books on her Kindle in just a few years. Among her many talents was cooking for large gatherings of family and friends. She also was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed painting ceramics and creating lamps. She was handy around the house and could hang wallpaper, strip and stain woodwork, and fix the plumbing. Betty was an enthusiastic supporter of her children's athletic efforts, watching countless baseball, soccer and softball games and farming out family members to multiple games on the same night. Besides her husband, she will be greatly missed by her six children, Debra A. DiMassimo and her partner, Dusty Bahlman, of Williamstown; Dawn M. Harrison of Louisville, Ky., who had been her mother's devoted caretaker for the last 11 months, Joseph A. DiMassimo Jr. and his wife, the former Karen Morey, of Dalton; and Dean M. DiMassimo, Jill E. Bean and James J. DiMassimo, all of Pittsfield. She also leaves 11 grandchildren, Andrew and Jennifer Harrison, Amanda, Nicole, Samantha, Joseph, Ashleigh, Gabrielle and Daniel DiMassimo, and Joshua and Derek Bean; and four great-grandsons, Ryan Harrison, Brandon McManus, Logan Middlebrook and Hunter Desautels. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Dolores M. Capitanio of Pittsfield; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Ann M. Capitanio of Pittsfield, with whom she shared a special bond. Betty was predeceased by her four older brothers, Robert, William, Douglas and Donald Tisdale. In accordance with her wishes, services will be private. After cremation, she will be buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pittsfield. Donations in Betty's memory may be made to Make-a-Wish through UNICO of Pittsfield.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, 2014
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