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Age 90, of Pittsburgh, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at her home with her loving husband and children by her side. Beloved wife and high school sweetheart to Ted A. Brunetti for 68 years; loving mother of Tedi (Jim) Mason, Mary Parke, David Brunetti, Betsy (Fred) Fyock, Lisa (John) Avolio, Gina (Joe) Yamrick, Ted J. Brunetti, Joseph Brunetti, and Anita (David) Phillips; loving grandmother of 18; caring great-grandmother of ten; sister of Antoinette Ganter and Ida Gallagher. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Anna Marie Brunetti; grandson, Samuel Kirk III; sons-in-law, Eric Parke and Samuel Kirk, Jr.; and siblings, Jim Bucci, Sue Bucci, and Dr. Francesco Bucci. Betty was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Bucci. She was a beloved teacher, swimming instructor, and a licensed massage therapist. Betty was also an actress and a proud member of the Actors' Equity Union with her husband, Ted, for many years. Her favorite theaters were the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Civic Light Opera. She also appeared in commercials and films. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and family are welcome at 2630 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412-531-4000 on Friday 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday 11 a.m. in St. Germaine Parish. Entombment to follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Please add or view tributes at

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2017.
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December 7, 2020
Memory Eternal
Yvonne Cywinski
December 7, 2020
Special blessings to a very special mom
All the best to alll the Brunetti’s
Joe Negri
December 7, 2019
Remembering a sweet and wonderful mother on this anniversary date of her passing.
My girls and the Brunette boys were all very close. Blessing to her on this special day.
Joe / Joni Negri
December 18, 2017
Ted and Family, I was very shocked to hear of the loss of your wife Betty and mother. I remember Betty from church at St. Germaine's and also a fellow CCD Teacher. I had the opportunity of seeing you and Betty at Panera Bread in Caste Village and really enjoyed our talk there and it was wonderful seeing both of you again.You have my deepest sympathy and you and your family will be in our prayers. Dolly Senn and family.
Dorothy J Senn
December 17, 2017
Betty was in my Mind and Body Fitness Class about 15 years ago. She lit up the class with her great spirit and knowledge an faith. I always loved seeing her and Ted at St. Germaine and chatting over the phone.

She had a wonderful, interesting life with Ted and all her beautiful children, their families and her extended theater family.

I was a Freshman in "Hello Dolly" with David, Musical genius, at SCHS. I stayed and waited to see him after "A Bronx Tale" in August. Wonderful musical !

Find strength and comfort in all who knew and left your dear wife and mother.

Nina Lovuola Tommarello
Nina Tommarello
December 16, 2017
In memory"
December 15, 2017
Dear Ted and Family,

So sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was such a funny and talented lady! I will remember her, and all of you, in my prayers.

God Bless,
Lynda Regan
St Bernards
December 15, 2017
Dear Brunetti family, I am so very sorry for your great loss! Ted your mom was special and the greatest joy is that you knew this! You cherished her and that lives on. She lives on in each of you. All our love to you and your entire family, Veronique, Steve, Simone and Sophie Hart
Veronique Hart
December 15, 2017
Mary and I are so happy to have known Betty Brunetti. We are all fortunate to have had her for so many years, to have seen the love that she and Ted shared with each other and with their wonderful children, not to mention the love of theater that radiated outward to entertain so very many audiences. Betty was a great regional resource; it's hard to imagine Pittsburgh with the hole that her departure leaves. With love to all the Brunettis, Mary & Chris
Mary & Chris Rawson
December 15, 2017
To the Brunetti Family,
We were deeply saddened to read about Betty's passing. Joni and I wish to offer all of you our deepest and most sincere condolences.
We have fond memories of happier times spent with many of the Brunetti children.
Our sympathy and our prayers go out to all of you .

Joe and Joni Negri
Joe and Joni Negri
December 14, 2017
Dear Ted J.: I was saddened to read of your mother's passing. As I told you in NYC last year after a preview show, I am a huge fan of your parents. Sorry that I cannot get to Beinhauers to express my condolences to you in person. I am sorry for your loss. - Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock, Esq. (Sq. Hill)
December 14, 2017
Tedi, Jim and the entire Brunetti family,

So sorry to hear about your mother. She was always so welcoming. You are in our prayers.

Maureen Morrissey and John Brown
December 14, 2017
Tedi and family
We are so sorry for your loss, you and your family have our sympathy
Tony and Linda Bucci
December 14, 2017
Sending my deepest condolences to the entire Brunetti family. Betty's love for her adoring husband Ted, her children, and the whole clan will always be an inspiration to everyone.
Betty was a mother figure to me, and a beautiful person, inside and out. I will carry her in my heart always. I love you all and am there with you in spirit and in my heart. I thank the Lord for the day Betty and Ted's son Ted introduced his mom to me. A day I will cherish always.
Eternal love from Mary Petrie (Lowen) and the Petrie family.
Mary Petrie Lowen
December 14, 2017
Betty will be missed so so much. Ted, you and Betty are always thought of as truly authentic people. No wonder you are so loved and why your Betty will be so missed. I just love you, Ted Brunetti .. and always will. Betty is in our hearts forever. Until we see her again.
Michael Bartley
December 14, 2017
Tedi- Memory eternal to you and your families. Our prayers for comfort and support . Her legacy lives on.
Yvonne Cywinski
December 14, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May God bring you the love and strength to continue on.
Tom and Patti Kikta
Patriciamae Kikta
December 14, 2017
Dear Ted and family,
So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of sharing the stage with sweet Betty, and I am sure if heaven is all we hope , she is surely in a starring role there. I know she was a super star in her roles of wife,mother,grandmother...
This morning's performance of A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham is dedicated to her.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Terry Wickline
December 14, 2017
Brunetti Family - You have my utmost and deepest sympathy on Betty's passing. I was one of her High School students at Bishop Boyle...the impact she had on my life was priceless and I've never forgotten her. May she rest peacefully with the angels and may God give you comfort during this time.
Debby Gibson (Gorman)
December 13, 2017
May she rest in peace and never be forgotten.
Arlene Bergener
December 13, 2017
Arlene Bergener
December 13, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear about Betty's passing. She was a generous, kind and loving woman. I cherish the Christmas cards and spiritual words she and Ted wrote to me. I pray that Ted and the family will be able to find peace. She was talented and funny. Rest In Peace Betty.
Nancy Mimless
December 13, 2017
One of the finest things one can do in life is to touch the lives of others in a positive way and Mrs. Brunetti most certainly did just that. From her fine example of a loving and committed marriage to her beautiful and wonderful family to those she touched via her careers she brought much joy to the world. She will be missed and remembered by many.
We hope that the knowledge that so many people care will bring you strength and peace at this time.
Mary Ann Snyder Fort
December 13, 2017
What a wonderful lady. I've been think of her and every time I see the St. Barnabas commercials I look for the cutest couple. I had the pleasure to meet Betty once and enjoyed her company. Prayers to the Brunetti family.
December 13, 2017
Wonderful Ted(and family),

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

I know that your heart must be filled with pain and sorrow right now -
but what a wonderful, wonderful, glorious and fun-filled life your dear Betty had!

Today at the office, after shedding initial tears - we laughed and smiled,
thinking about all of the fun and great stories and escapades over the years.

Betty and you were - NO ARE -
two of our favorite talent - and people!

Betty will be dearly, dearly missed -
but it's not just a platitude or words
when I say that -
because Betty was such a warm, funny, wonderful, life-affirming person -
and she will always live in our hearts and thoughts (as do you dear Ted)!


Stephen, Richard and your
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