Elizabeth (Betty) Berlin/ Hurteau/Peck, formerly of Willimantic, Manchester, and Anaheim, Calif., passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the age of 89.
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Born on March 11, 1923, Betty grew up in New Jersey, graduating from Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City. She worked on Wall Street before marrying her first husband Richard (Dick) Hurteau and moving to Willimantic. While in Willimantic she was actively involved in politics and it was through politics that she met her second husband, Frederick E. Peck of Manchester. Betty had a variety of jobs in Manchester but her main job was raising her blended family of seven children. Betty relocated to Anaheim in 1976. While in California she worked for Tansamerica, SafeCo Insurance, and eventually retired from Attorney Copy Center. Betty returned to Connecticut in 2004. Betty will best be known for her ability to talk to anyone about anything and her loving smile. Her most cherished times were the many years of carefree summers camping at Hammonasset State Park and making her "home" on North Main Street in Manchester.
She is survived by her children, Barbara Hurley of Manchester, Michele Hurteau, and her dear friend, Philip Gravel, of East Hartford, Jeffrey Peck, and his wife, Gail, of Manchester, Valerie McCarter of Newington, Jonathan Peck, and his wife, Patricia, of Weatogue, Brian Peck, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Adrian, Mich., Robert Peck of Newington; and two special daughters, Judy Johnson, and her husband, William, of New Bern, N.C., and Pat Stenhouse, and her husband, Michael, of Davidson N.C.; 10 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her loving sister, Joan Berlin of Yorba Linda, Calif. She is predeceased by a daughter, Jean Hurteau; her husbands, Richard Hurteau, Frederick Peck; and a son-in-law, Michael McCarter.
The family would like to take this time to thank Riverside Nursing Home in East Hartford and Masonicare Hospice for the loving care they provided, with a special thanks to Suzy, Cheryl, Ivy, and Gussi, you made her smile every day.
Family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will follow on Thursday at 7 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Masonicare Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108.
For online condolences please visit
John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street Manchester, CT 06040-4857
Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2013