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Marlboro, NY -
Bernadette C. Polizzi, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and true friend, died peacefully in her home at the age of 92 on March 4, 2014.
She was born on August 18, 1921 and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Bernard O'Connor, and Mary Madden O'Connor. While working for the Signal Corps, she met Thomas V. Polizzi, with whom she shared 51 years of a loving marriage. She made Marlboro her home and blessed the world with five children: Theresa M. Caserto of Milton, NY, Patricia A. Polizzi of Danbury, CT, Doris "Mici" Simonofsky, of Marlboro, NY, Susan P. Colesanti of Park Ridge, NJ, and Charles B. Polizzi of Simsbury, CT. She also welcomed two sons-in-law into her family, Dr. Brian Simonofsky and Carlo Colesanti, and was saddened by the death of another, Joseph V. Caserto. She was the proud grandma, lovingly called B's, to Joseph and Thomas Caserto, Charles, Michela and Neil Baxter, Caitlin Colesanti, and Jack, Thomas, and Julia Polizzi; As great grandmother, her name was extended to G-G B's by Harrison, Grant, Ayden and Arie Baxter.
She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Morhiser, and a close cousin, Bernard Barlage.
A large family of nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as a multitude of friends loved her. Whether you called her Mom, B's, G-G B's, Aunt Bernie or Bernie, she showed unconditional love to all, lending her ear when it was needed, making you laugh, and saying a prayer when it was needed most. She opened her home to so many to share a meal, enjoy a drink, and have a lot of fun around her great dining room table. How many times she "added a cup of water to the stew" to feed one more as she welcomed them into her home. Her large circle of friends were all considered family to her.
She was a proud community servant and participant, and at one time served as a part time reporter for the local newspaper. She was a charter member of the Town of Marlborough Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TOMVAC) for its entire existence, and served as its first chief dispatcher. Bernie lived her love of country and was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Viebey-Sutton Post, and an active member of the Marlborough Democratic Committee. Her greatest involvement in community came as a devout communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. She found great comfort sharing her faith with her circle of Catholic "sisters" in her small church group.
Bernadette enjoyed life to the fullest, whether it was with her husband, watching her family grow, traveling, enjoying a good book, solving a crossword puzzle, or sipping on her favorite drink with her closest friends and family. She truly knew and defined the word "life".
In lieu of flowers, the family extends her request to contribute to St. Mary's Food Pantry, or to a local disabled veterans group.
Visiting hours will be held from 1-3 PM and 6-8 PM on Friday, March 7th at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY
A mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday morning, March 8th at 10am at St. Mary's R.C. Church in Marlboro
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.
DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc.
1209 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Mar. 6, 2014