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BEATTY, Petra Anderson
Petra Anderson Beatty. It is with much love and appreciation that we say good bye to our wonderful mother, Petra Anderson Beatty. Petra was born Aug. 19, 1928 in LaCrosse, WI to Dr. Nels Philip and Evelyn Drake Anderson. She graduated from Marquette University and started her master's degree at Loyola University in Chicago. Plans changed when she met the love of her life, John Joseph Beatty, Jr., a salesman from Woburn, MA. They were married in LaCrosse on Dec. 28, 1955 and moved to Hartford where she worked for the Social Security Administration. The first three of their children were born there. In 1961, they were transferred to Fremont, CA. On the way, Petra stopped in LaCrosse in order to give birth to her 4th girl, Suzanne. Two more children arrived during their eight years in California, and then they were transferred back to West Hartford, CT. While a stay-at-home mom, she devoted much time to volunteering. She co-founded the Golden Age Club at St. Thomas the Apostle and was an enthusiastic leader of a Project Concern brownie troop. When she returned to work at the Hotel Sonesta (which became the Summit Hotel), she made many dear friends as an assistant dining room manager and later, a concierge. Petra loved watching football and playing bridge, rummy, and the slots in Vegas. Her biggest loves were her six children and their spouses, and nine grandchildren who survive her. These are: her special caregiver and daughter with whom she made her home, Suzanne Beatty; Kathleen and Jim Palma of West Hartford; Maureen and Tom Foote of New Britain; Patricia Beatty and George Dagon of Glastonbury; John and Susan Beatty of East Granby; Sheila and Larry Fitzsimmons of Colchester. The adoring grandchildren are: Tim and Becky Palma; Katie and Meg Dagon; Shannon, Jack, and Morgan Beatty; Riley and Ian Fitzsimmons. Also left to mourn her loss; her wonderful sister, Priscilla Dvorak, sisters-in law, brothers-in-Iaws, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She leaves a host of friends on both coasts and in the Midwest. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack; parents Evie and Phil; in-laws Bessie and Johnny Beatty; her five brothers, Philip, Paul, Peter, Patrick, and Perry.
Arrangements are being handled by Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Friends may call on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 4-7 p.m. at Molloy's. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. Burial will be private at Fairview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, 780 Windsor St.. Hartford, CT. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2012
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