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
St. Anthony Catholic Church