Elizabeth I. “Bette” Bleggi

Elizabeth I. “Bette” Bleggi, 93, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of Virginia Road, St. Marys, passed away, Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Pinecrest.  She spent the last six years at Pinecrest Manor under the loving care of Dr. Caruso, nurses, and staff.

She was born December 23, 1926, in Dagus Mines, daughter of the late John and Lillian Green Wildnauer.  Bette was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey Schools.  She worked at Sears Roebuck for many years, Rainbow Kids, and was a homemaker.  Bette was a member of the St. Mary’s Church.

On February 26, 1949, in the St. Mary’s Church, Bette married Francis V. Bleggi, who preceded her in death on December 17, 2018.  They enjoyed 69 wonderful years of marriage.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Jean Serianni and her husband Dr. Richard Serianni of Beaufort, SC and Julie A. Fannin and her husband Martin of Ridgway; and by two grandsons, Ryan Serianni of Charleston, SC and Noah Serianni of Beaufort, SC.

In addition to her husband and parents, Bette was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Meyer, Florence Goldstein, Annabelle Wall, and Mary Gerg; and by two brothers, Stanley and Robert Wildnauer.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

There will be no visitation.

Funeral and committal services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

James Carino July 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm

July 17, 2020

To: Pamela, Julie and families: it is with the heaviest of hearts and tears in my eyes that I send this message of sympathy and condolences on the passing of my beloved Godmother Bette.

She was truly one of my favorite people in the world and I have always been so very thankful that my parents became such good life-long friends with Fran and Bette, and that they were asked and accepted to be my Godparents.

I have such treasured memories of the times spent together on visits and how consistently thoughtful they both were to me and especially generous at Christmas and remembering my birthdays.

The friendship between our families was such a blessing and model that I’ve sought to duplicate, but in today’s world of transiency has been difficult to replicate.

Although separated these many years by great distances, you never have been far from my thoughts and prayers.

My regret is not having been able to spend more time together, and especially now to express these thoughts in person in this difficult time of loss.

I have been and will continue to pray for all of you and especially that Bette may enjoy a blessed eternal reward in heaven: Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her, may her soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, test in peace, Amen.

May God provide you all with support and strength at this time.

Thank You God for blessing all of us to know and have had Bette in our lives…. we are all much better persons for having known and loved this wonderful lady.

Scott Bleggi July 18, 2020 at 7:17 am

Miss you Aunt Bette. Enjoy that reunion with Fran and the rest of the family. Much love!

Marianne Alicona July 18, 2020 at 9:42 am

Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Best,
Marianne & Ed Daley

Marilyn Skok July 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm

I’m so sad that there is no more Bette (and Franny) in my life. My heartfelt condolences to Pam and Julie for the loss of their wonderful mother, she was truly a gem. The last time I saw her at Pinecrest she was as beautiful as ever and that’s how I will remember her. Take care Pam and Julie and God bless you. Hope to see you again someday…

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