Elizabeth Rose, "Betsy" (Messineo) 72, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Betsy was the daughter of Rose (Hooper) and Anthony Messineo. She resided in Fair Lawn for 46 years. She was an active parishioner at St. Anne R.C. Church in Fair Lawn. A high school graduate of Benedictine Academy in Paterson, Betsy later attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing, and is a graduate of Jersey City State College. She was the president of St. Joseph's School of Nursing Alumni Association. After retiring from nursing, she enjoyed volunteering at Camp Fatima, assisting special needs children. Betsy also served as volunteer nurse for the Civil Defense Organization of Fair Lawn. An avid traveler, she especially enjoyed the Jersey Shore, boating, reading, cooking and baking. She was known for having an award winning fruit cake, but she will be most remembered for her great love of her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
Prior to retiring in 2005, she was employed as a nurse with St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson for more than 40 years.
Betsy was the beloved wife of the late Alexander Tunnard, loving and devoted mother of Andrew John Tunnard and his wife Jane Tunnard, Peter Anthony Tunnard and his wife Ana Rojas, Matthew Brady Tunnard and his wife Joyce Tunnard. Betsy was also the cherished grandmother of Andrea, Nicole, Madeleine, and Adam Tunnard. She was the caring sister of Ann M. Zarella and Joan M. Beck.
A funeral mass is planned for Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 10 AM at St. Anne R.C. Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410. Cremation will be private. The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 3-8 PM at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home Inc., 13-31 Saddle River Road Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. (201) 797-3500.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Betsy be made to the Bradley Beach Food Pantry, 605 4th Avenue, Bradley Beach, NJ, 07720. For additional information, please visit www.vpfairlawn.com