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Bessie S. Romeo, 96

LENOX, Mass. — Bessie S. Romeo, 96, left this world on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center. Prior to going to Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, she lived on Hubbard Street in Lenox for over 60 years.

Born in Housatonic, MA on January 7, 1923, to the late Alex and Rozalie Yurga, she attended Great Barrington Schools. Bessie worked as a spinner at Monument Mills, at Pine Acres and as a housekeeper for Molly Lyon.

She married the love of her life, Victor Romeo, on October 19, 1946, at All Souls Church in Housatonic, Mass. He predeceased her on April 9, 1997 after 51 years of marriage. 

Besides her husband and parents, she was also predeceased by her siblings, Dorothy Soik, Sadie Powell, Stanley, Alex, Joseph, Harry and Bronec Yurga, Stephanie Cummings and Alice Sullivan. At 96, Bessie was the last survivor of that generation of the Yurga and Romeo families. 

Bessie was a past member of the St Ann Rosary Society and was a member of the Lenox VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Bessie was a communicant of St. Ann's Church. 

She loved bingo and sharing her winnings with her great-grandchildren. She also loved camping in her earlier years and her trips to Florida with Molly. Later in life she enjoyed trips with the Senior Travel Club and visits to Florida to see her sisters and to Maine to see her son, Dick. She especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with other family members while she was at Kimball for nearly six years. 

She and Victor had a wonderful garden, which allowed Bessie to practice her amazing canning skills so she could enjoy her vegetables throughout the year. Although she was proud to be Polish, she was particularly proud of her ability to make delicious Italian cookies that were an expected delight at Christmas and all family weddings. 

Bessie leaves her children, Richard (Lisa) Romeo of The Villages, Fla., and Thomas (Dianne) Romeo of Lenox; six grandchildren, Jason Romeo (Kathryn) of Bolton, Mass., Karen Romeo-Léger (Pierre) of Lenox, Mass., Andrew Romeo (Kate) of Somers, Conn., Eric Romeo (Ashley) of Allston, Mass., Christopher Romeo of Downers Grove, Ill., and Megan Tarling of San Francisco, Calif.;, eight great-grandchildren, Maxime & Thomas Léger, and Grace, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Lucy, Harper, and Keegan Romeo; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Patti and all the staff members at the Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center for the love they shared with Bessie and the compassionate care they provided.  The family is also very thankful that Bessie had such a caring wonderful roommate, Judy. 

Funeral notice: The funeral for Mrs. Bessie Romeo will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. from the Roche Funeral Home, followed by The Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church with Monsignor John Bonzagni, officiating. 

Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. There will be calling hours preceding the funeral mass from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bessie’s memory may be made to St. Ann Church or the Lenox VFW or a charity of your choice in care of the funeral home.

Obituary Provided By: Roche Funeral Home

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Going into Besse and Victor’s house was like going into your own home. Upon entering the kitchen you were encouraged to sit at the kitchen table and have something to eat. My favorite was always the homemade blueberry pies. Smiles abound and conversations were always upbeat. Whenever Dick and I were going out to play tennis a second piece of pie was offered. I think they had a plan. It was a wonderful home full of kindness and acceptance ...I miss them both.
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