Berris S. (Lewis) Pantaluk, 68, of South Windsor, beloved wife of 30 years to Peter D. Pantaluk, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, after a long battle with cancer.
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Berris was born on June 26, 1944, in Waterbury, daughter of the late Bertrand and Iris (MacAulay) Lewis, and had been a resident of South Windsor since 1987. Berris was a graduate of New England Conservatory in music education and a graduate of Southern University, having earned her master's degree in education. She began her career as a special education teacher at Old Lyme High School and more recently she was employed as a home health aide for the Visiting Nurse and Health Services Inc. of Vernon until retiring due to her health. She was a longtime and very active member of Church of the Living God in Manchester.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Heather Rodgers of South Windsor; her two sons, Zachary Mitchell and his wife, Rebecca, of Wethersfield and Aaron Mitchell and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Raleigh, N.C.; her eight loving grandchildren; Ashley, Ola, Aliza, Carlitos, Grace, David, Anna, and Macaulay. She also leaves her two brothers, Douglas Carlson and his wife, Diane, of Branford and Aulay Carlson and his wife, Liz, of Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Living God, 199 Deming St., Manchester.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. at St. James Cemetery, 368 Broad St., Manchester.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Living God.
Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, has care of the arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 24 to Nov. 28, 2012