Barbara Ann Bertolino

Barbara Ann Bertolino

Barbara Ann Bertolino

September 01, 1946~September 06, 2021

Barbara Ann Bertolino (nee Brown)

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we share the sudden loss of Barbara Ann Bertolino, who passed away Monday, September 6, 2021 at the age of 75.  Beloved wife of 31 years to her husband, best friend, soul mate and love of her life, Paul Bertolino.  Loving mother to Linda Jean Coil and Lori Ann (Victor) Laurens.  Caring and faithful sister to JoAnne Collins and Nancy (Jessy) Grasso. Loved daughter-in-law to Rose M. Bertolino.  Devoted and adored grandmother to Natalie Coil, Emily Coil, Michael Laurens, and Alexis Laurens. Also sister-in-law to Michael (Diane) Bertolino and Lydia Bertolino.  She is also survived by her nephews Steve (Cara) Collins, Michael Bertolino, Brian Grasso, Michael (Dawn) Grasso and nieces Melissa Macdonald and Jennifer Bertolino. She had too many faithful and loving friends to mention.  Her father, Wilbur Brown and mother, Gladys Brown predeceased her.  Stepmother, Virginia Brown lives in Fort Myers, FL.  She is stepsister to Susan Buonasera and Patti Haar.

Barbara was born in Englewood, New Jersey and grew up in East Meadow, New York.  She graduated from East Meadow High School and was very popular – Senior Prom Queen, Winter Carnival Queen, Cheerleader and star of the Senior play.  She moved to Fort Lauderdale 33 years ago and worked at Interim Healthcare and also was Office Manager at Architectural Alliance. She also helped her husband, Paul, with his electrical business and billing.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends to places all over the world.  Her hobbies included reading and she loved bowling with the “Guttersluts”, soaking up the sun and beach, going to amusement parks and playing board games with her grandkids, always looked forward to Friday and Saturday night dinners and visiting relatives in Atlanta, GA and Gloucester, MA every summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  She was passionate about her butterflies.  She was a great friend to anyone who knew her and people were immediately drawn to her vibrant personality, loving nature and warmth and became friends for life.  Her smile and laughter would light up a room.

Barb, there are no words to express the deep loss and sadness we feel.  You will never be forgotten and our hearts are completely broken. With love, until we meet again…

Contributions may be made in her memory to The American Cancer Society.


Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center

  • September 10, 2021
  • 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
  • Email Details
  • 2505 North Dixie Highway
    Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Funeral Mass

St. Anthony Catholic Church

  • September 11, 2021
  • 11:30 am
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  • 901 NE 2 Street
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Nancy Thomas

September 7, 2021, 4:07 pm

Barb was one of the most fun-loving and caring people I’ve ever known. I will miss her very, very much. My heart goes out to Paul, Barb’s family and her many friends.

Carole Steininger

September 7, 2021, 4:59 pm

Barbara’s beautiful smile and wonderful spirit will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a bright light on a dark day that would instantly make you feel better just by her positive attitude and love she showed to family and friends. She and Paul were truly soulmates who made you smile just by being with them. She was one of a kind and I loved her.

Kathy and Paul Manafort

September 7, 2021, 5:02 pm

We will forever cherish the memories and happiness that being around Barbara always engendered.
To say that she will be missed is to express the obvious.
While we are unbearably saddened, we know that Barbara would be the first to rally our spirit and tell us to celebrate the incredible joy and love she shared with us.
Kathy and Barbara were friends for almost 50 years and when Barbara brought Paul into our lives, our time together was even more enriched.
We will pray for Paul but also honor Barbara’s enduring admonishment to “love and laugh and remember the good times we shared”.
Paul, please know we are here for you in this difficult time. You will never be alone.
Love Kathy and Paul

Ed Nelson

September 7, 2021, 6:06 pm

You were one of a kind.
As Classy as a Lady can be.
I’m Soooo glad you found our Patriots Nation!
You left ALL of us with a BIG Void.
RIP MY sweet Lady!
We will miss your Smile and excitement.
Ed and Cheri Nelson

Chris Liptak

September 7, 2021, 8:00 pm

God bless you Barbie our dear friend 🙏. You will always be missed, and always be LOVED ❤️❤️❤️🙏😇

Chris Liptak

September 7, 2021, 8:05 pm

My God bless you and keep you our dear friend Barbie 🙏🙏🙏❤️😇

Pat Stalker

September 7, 2021, 8:22 pm

Barbi will be missed by all of us and that smile will never be forgotten! She was Paul’s everything and my sincere prayers and sympathy for Paul and family.

Sharon David

September 7, 2021, 8:58 pm

You will always be a part of my memories, you are a smile and giggle in my heart. I have so many stories in my head that you were a part of, till we meet again.❤️

Bob and DONNA Perritte

September 7, 2021, 11:52 pm

RIP MY FRIEND ❤️You touched so many lives with your amazing smile.. friendship and the love for your soulmate Pauly!! A very special lady.. till we meet again 🙏🏻🙏🏻


September 8, 2021, 8:46 am

La stella di Barbara sarà la più brillante del firmamento, non dimenticheremo mai il tuo sorriso ,i tuoi cugini da Catania, Agata e Salvo

Terry, Manny, Chris and Wayne

September 8, 2021, 8:58 am

Barb was many things to us: a pal when we were sad and needed a laugh, a big-sis when we felt alone and needed someone who would stand beside us, a mother when we felt lost and needed her unconditional caring and advise. Her eternal optimism and infectious laugh brightened our day and whenever we had the opportunity to spend time with her…it was a much, much better day. We will love and miss her always.

Anthony Montagnino

September 8, 2021, 10:01 am

Sending our heartfelt condolences to Paul & family. She will be missed, RIP Barbara. Always in our prayers – Cousin Anthony & Rosann

Anthony Militello

September 8, 2021, 10:31 am

It’s with a heavy heart that I send my condolences to Paul and Family , RIP Barbara, you will be sadly missed. – Anthony Militello

MaryLou Ward

September 8, 2021, 2:39 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about barbara’s passing I mean I just you I think you was a month ago? Paul she will be sadly missed I hope you and your family are doing OK love you 😔😘

Claudia Weimerskirch

September 8, 2021, 3:14 pm

We will always remember your smile, your laughter and most of all the beauty you brought to this world.
RIP Barbara and our deepest sympathies to Paul and her daughters and family may her light continue to shine in each one of you
Claudia & Jim Weimerskirch

Sam interrante

September 8, 2021, 3:27 pm

Dear Paul , joanne and I are so sorry for your loss, cousins Sam and Interrante

Tim and Jillian Silva

September 8, 2021, 4:40 pm

Our beautiful friend, Barbara. I find it so hard to grasp that she is gone… Such a bright spirit and big, bubbly presence. Barbara was true-blue. She would greet you at the door with a big rocking hug, laugh at your jokes and fix that piece of hair that is going wonky.
She was kind and loving and funny and authentic. I can’t fathom the pain and loss that Paulie is feeling now.
They were each other’s lobster.
We are grateful for the time that we have shared with her and will cry and laugh with the many wonderful memories.
We will miss her terribly and think of her often.
Especially when visited by butterflies….

Buddy Interrante

September 8, 2021, 5:39 pm

To cousin Paul and family
It is so difficult to find words for this devastating loss.
Barbara was such a beautiful loving lady
She is and will continue to be missed by many of us.
I wish we could take away your pain and the bottomless void this leaves.
God bless
Cousins Buddy and Carmen Interrante

Marc Marino

September 8, 2021, 7:43 pm

Paul, we are very sorry for your loss sending prayers from the Marino family.

Meg Jarrett

September 8, 2021, 8:13 pm

Paul & Barbara’s family,

Such a loss of an absolutely beautiful woman inside & out ! God rest her soul.

Meg & Keith Jarrett

Dennis and Carole Rogers

September 8, 2021, 9:01 pm

Expressing sympathy is always difficult, but we are very sorry to hear about Barbara. Our sympathy and warmest wishes are with you now.

David White

September 9, 2021, 12:05 pm

Paul and family I’m so sorry for the loss of your wife. May she Rest In Peace

Jack and Jane Savas

September 9, 2021, 3:57 pm

Paul and family. We are deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. Barbara was a such dear and kind lady. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debi Liptak

September 9, 2021, 5:01 pm

Sometimes my mind is unable to accept that Barbie is gone. Sometimes, in a moment of peace, I can think of how I loved her hugs and kisses. There are other times when all I feel is a knot in my stomach…an emptiness that is overwhelming. My heart is heavy with the sadness that is flowing through her family and Pauly. Please let that sadness turn into a sense of peace…they need that comfort sooo badly. We love all of you and want you to know we are always here for you. Whatever. Whenever. Rest in peace my funny friend…I miss you. I love you.

Susan Beatty

September 9, 2021, 6:36 pm

We have no words, except our hearts are broken! Sweet Barbie RIP your smile will always embrace our hearts. Paul we love you and we are all here for you. Our deepest sympathies to all of Barbies family and friends.
Love Bob and Sue

Jim Hardy

September 9, 2021, 7:00 pm

Paulie and family so sorry too hear about Barbi my thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Barbi you will be missed. 🙏

Mary Kate Roemer

September 9, 2021, 7:54 pm

RIP sweet lady. Sincerest condolences to Paulie and family.
Love, Mary Kate and Carlitos

Rosann Garber Brodie

September 9, 2021, 7:56 pm

I remember the day I met Barbara. I kidded her; she kidded me right back. We both laughed… I knew right then & there that I was going to love Barbara. I call Barbara “The Fun”. She made our times together–no matter where we were, no matter the circumstance –well, she made them just more fun. I can hear her saying “Come on Ro”. I loved that she had a nickname for me! Barbara was always raring to go; the first to be ready, excited, and always happy. She never passed on an opportunity for Fun. And, she pulled me along. I loved that about Barbara, too.

I cannot imagine our lives without Barbara, but I know for sure that I am so lucky that she has been part of mine.

On Saturday I will wear Barbara’s signature black & white. RIP Girlfriend. We will Take care of Paulie.

Paul and Gerry Nicastro

September 9, 2021, 9:05 pm

Paul and family, it is not just a loss for your family but for us as well, RIP Barbara

John Nash and Scott Kraver

September 10, 2021, 9:38 am

Paul and family, you have our sympathy on the passing of your beloved Barbara. She was such a nice lady, always with a smile on her face. May your memories of Barbara be blessings to you all.

chris jedrey

September 10, 2021, 11:34 am

Paul,sorry to hear about your wife,sorry for your loss.Chris Jedrey and Grace Parisi

Laura and Tom Boone

September 10, 2021, 12:20 pm

Pauly and family we are so very shocked and saddened at the loss of beautiful Babs. There are no words but please know we are thinking of you with love, prayers and hugs. We are so grateful that our lives were touched by her and that infectious smile.

Deana Hunt

September 10, 2021, 2:05 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Barbara at Interim Healthcare she was a beautiful person inside and out.

Vivian and Charlie Nye

September 10, 2021, 2:56 pm

Godspeed Barbara. It is with a heavy heart that we heard news of your death. Hardly able to believe it. Although it’s been awhile since we’ve all been together, Charlie and I will never forget your warm and loving hugs, your beautiful laughter every week at the Lanes. You will be missed by many. We will miss you. May memories of happy times bring some comfort to your loving family and friends.

Nancy Grasso

September 10, 2021, 4:18 pm

My beautiful sister Barb,
You have left an empty hole in my heart. I will always remember our good times together, growing up you were always there to take care of me. Our vacations together, girls weekends at the lake, birthdays, weddings, grandchildren. I don’t know how I will be able to not have you in my life anymore. Never got to say goodbye but I will be talking to you everyday. You could light up a room just by stepping in. I will miss you eternally. My Blondie, please send those butterflies my way. I’ll be waiting.
Love you forever,
Nancy & Jessy

Jim Hardy

September 11, 2021, 11:52 am

So sorry for your loss Paulie my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. RIP Barbie you will surely be missed. 💔🙏❤

Lydia Bertolino

September 11, 2021, 1:32 pm

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With deepest sympathy,
September 10, 2021

JoAnne Collins

September 11, 2021, 11:06 pm

Sis, my life changed forever when you left this earth. I’m still having a hard time understanding it and why YOU. There are hardly adequate words to express the loss I am feeling. I have learned this week the magnitude of people that loved you and thought the world of you. I used to think your silliness was over the top sometimes but that’s what your friends loved about you – your genuiness, warmth, friendliness and kindness were things I heard from everyone. I wish you could see the outpouring of love for you. When we were growing up and mostly in high school I emulated you and wanted to be that popular girl that you were. I was so happy to follow in your footsteps and tell people I was Barbara Brown’s sister. We emailed every single day during the week and always knew what was going on in each other’s lives. Those emails won’t be coming anymore but I will never stop thinking about you and I just pray that you are at peace and flying free with the butterflies now. I’m so sorry this happened to you. I love you and promise that we will look after your beloved Paulie. He is devastated by losing you. Until we meet again sis, Rest In Peace. Forever and Ever, Jo (“Josie”).

Greg Bosler

September 14, 2021, 5:55 pm

Paul and family, we are so very sorry . Barbara was a beautiful, vibrant lady who was so much fun to be around. Paul we are here for you and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paula and Greg Bosler

Pete & Maria Ebersole

September 18, 2021, 11:11 am

Miss you so very much!
It is hard to accept that you are not close by – you were the very best of friends and your love for both Pete & I can never be replaced!
Barbie, blondie, you were the bright light in every room!

Patrice and Tony Del Grosso

September 23, 2021, 5:25 pm

Our deepest sympathy. We hold so many great memories from over the years. Barbara always lit up the room. She will be missed. Our prayers are with you Paul and the whole family.

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