Jean Bernardi DePietro, 84, of West Pittston died suddenly Tuesday, April 1, 2014, of heart failure due to complications with pneumonia.
Jean was the daughter of the late Ben and Mary Bernardi of Wyoming. She grew up in Wyoming and had three brothers, Bernard, Bruno and Raymond, and one sister, Florence, who all passed away before her. She is survived by her youngest brother, Bob.
Jean graduated from St. Cecilia's School and went on to graduate from business college. She met her late husband, Alfonso DePietro, at a friend's party and two years later they married on Sept. 27, 1952. The couple moved to Valhalla, N.Y., where they raised three children.
Jean was a very social person. She "knew everyone" and was active in school, church and community functions. She served as a den mother in the Cub Scouts and sang in the church choir. She worked at the polls on every election day and she marched in the community parades with the Cub Scouts. If she wasn't participating she was there giving support to friends and family. She never missed a concert, play, and any other function that involved her friends and family.
Jean was a generous soul and everyone was welcome in her home. She particularly loved children and all the neighborhood kids would gravitate to her house because there would always be a smile, hug, great food and treats.
After her youngest child was in middle school she began a career in education, working with handicapped children for the BOCES program in Westchester, N.Y. She retired in 1995 and moved to Salisbury, Md., with her husband. After his death in 2003, Jean returned to her home in the Wyoming Valley and settled in West Pittston.
The best way to describe Jean Bernardi DePietro's life would be "big heart, great love!"
She is survived by her three children, David, Doreen and Paul, and her niece, Diane. She has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston. The funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 28 Memorial Ave., Exeter.