Northampton, MA — Elizabeth "Betty" Jean (Anderson) Grimaldi, age 82, passed away peacefully September 10, 2021. Her loving daughter, Jonna, and the Critical Care nurses at Cooley Dickinson Hospital provided her constant comfort and support in her final days. Betty was born to Alphonsine and John Anderson in Northampton on September 30, 1938 during the Great New England Hurricane. She graduated from Northampton High School in 1956 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Elms College in Chicopee in 1960, where she studied History- which was a lifelong passion of hers. She worked as a history teacher at the former Hawley Junior High School in Northampton, MA until leaving to raise her twin daughters Jonna and Juliann, who were the greatest gift of her life.
In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Grimaldi in 1986, her brother-in-law, Marino "Buck" Grimaldi, and her sister-in-law, Cynthia Grimaldi.
Betty leaves behind a large and loving family: her children Jonna and Juliann, her brother John Anderson (Joan) of Midlothian, VA and his daughters Amy (Stuart) Maclosky and Heidi (Mark) Robertson and her brother-in-law Nick Grimaldi. In addition, Betty leaves her nieces and nephews: Andy and Lynne Grimaldi, Mark Grimaldi, Beth and Bruce Massoti, NIck and Stephanie Grimaldi, and Julia Grimaldi, as well as many extended family members and dear friends.
Love has encircled the family home on Cherry Street for generations, where laughter and friendship presided. Betty cherished her daughters, who centered and grounded her for 57 years. Betty and Jonna were the best of friends; together they cared for Juliann who has been fighting a debilitating disease for the last several years. Betty treasured her friends- she was fiercely loyal and protective of those she held dear, particularly Jane Savage and the Stasiowski family. She loved animals, especially her golden retriever Adelaide, who brought joy and laughter to her life. She enjoyed pampering herself and developed many lasting friendships this way, including her close relationship with Deanna Subocz. Every Christmas Eve, Betty hosted an epic party (complete with Santa and Rudolph!) to the delight of her grand nieces and nephews. She was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and the Cowboys. Betty was also a voracious reader. She will be deeply missed.
Arrangements are entrusted to CZELUSNIAK FUNERAL HOME, 173 North Street in Northampton. Calling hours will be from 9 am to 11 am on Monday, September 20, 2021 with services at 11 am at the funeral home followed immediately with a burial service at St. Mary's Cemetery in Northampton. By order of the Northampton Board of Health, all guests must wear masks. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to an animal shelter or charity of your choice
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Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Sep. 15, 2021.