WALLINGFORD - Luke G. Bertini, 77, of Wallingford, died peacefully, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann Comen Bertini.
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He was born in New Haven, Oct. 28, 1935, a son of the late William D. and Catharine Linsly Bertini. His greatest joy was being a father to his four children of whom he was incredibly proud. Luke and Mary Ann raised them in Luke's childhood home in Wallingford. As a father, Luke was very hands-on and involved in many activities, from coaching softball and volunteering at dance recitals to serving as president of the swim team and the PTA. He revered nature, loved animals and enjoyed art as a hobby. Luke lived with multiple sclerosis for more than three decades throughout which he maintained an incredibly positive outlook. He persevered through many challenges, showing great faith, strength of will and character. Luke was passionate about education and taught for 21 years in Wallingford's public schools. A graduate of Choate, Luke earned a bachelor of science from Southern Connecticut State University and a master's in history from Trinity College. He served in the U.S. Army for six years and worked as a draftsman before becoming a teacher.
In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by four daughters, Kate Bertini, of Watertown, Carey Linsly Bertini, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Amy Bertini, of Seattle, Wash., and Ann Bertini and her husband, Glenn Bair, of Old Lyme; as well as five grandchildren, Peter, Emma and Sarah Woermer, of Watertown, and Reilly and Sonia Bair, of Old Lyme. He is also survived by a sister, Joan DeCarlo, of Wallingford; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, the Rev. William D. Bertini Jr.
The family expresses deep gratitude to the staff of Ramage 4 and the entire Masonicare community who provided loving care to Luke for 11 years.
His family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford, on Monday, Oct. 14, from 4 until 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. directly at the First Congregational Church, 23 S. Main St., Wallingford. Interment with military honors will be in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Wallingford Education Foundation, 43 Hall Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492, or the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.
Published in The Record-Journal on Oct. 11, 2013