Elizabeth Ann "Bette" PETRELLA

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Petrella, Elizabeth Ann "Bette"
Jun. 16, 1929 - Jun. 6, 2013
Elizabeth Ann Petrella, wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on June 6, 2013 in Coral Gables, Florida at the age of 83. Known as "Bette" by family and friends, she was a resident of Sarasota , FL for 42 years.
Born in Hubbard, Ohio, Bette grew up in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. She attended Saint Elizabeth's School of Nursing, and Youngstown State University, where she studied nursing and education, which would become her life's vocation. Bette received her RN in 1951, and her B.S.N. in 1953. She married James S. Petrella (Jim) in 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio. She and Jim would raise 3 girls, move from Ohio to Miami, Florida in 1969, then to Sarasota, FL in 1971.
Bette was dedicated to her love of nursing , holistic medicine, and public health education. As an RN, she volunteered as a school nurse at her daughters' schools in Miami and Sarasota. She also taught health and nursing education courses at The State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. Ultimately, Bette worked as an occupational health and safety nurse for Tropicana Products, Inc. in Bradenton, FL, also teaching spinal dynamics and work place safety at their FL headquarters, as well as their affiliated plant locations in New Jersey and California. Bette kept current her professional licenses, and affiliations with the American Nurses' Association, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Throughout her life, she was a spirited sage and bestower of health and wellness advice to all who asked of her.
A love of travel took Bette around the globe with family and friends. She was a traveler to the end. Preparing to leave on a river cruise through Eastern Europe with her eldest daughter, Bette was unexpectedly hospitalized in Coral Gables.
Bette is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years James S. Petrella, her daughters Julie Petrella-Arch of Coral Gables, FL, Lisa A. Chelekis , and Dr. Terry Petrella, both residents of Sarasota. She is also survived by her 3 grandchildren Theodore J. Arch, Nalalie E. Arch, and Isabella V. Chelekis.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martha's Catholic Church, 200 N. Orange Avenue in Sarasota, FL on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM, with a chamber music prelude beginning at 1:45 PM.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The (www.cancer.org) or The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County (www.thewomensresourcecenter.org).

Published in Herald Tribune from July 7 to July 8, 2013
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