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  • ID: ind11324
  • Name: Benedetta COLUCCI
  • Given Name: Benedetta
  • Nickname: Bertha
  • Surname: Colucci
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 26 MAR 1914 in Pennsylvania
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  • Death: 06 JAN 2008
  • Age: 93y 9m 11d in Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., PA
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  • Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA
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    b. PA; res. Monroeville, PA; SSDI Issued Pennsylvania, d. Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., PA (Bertha B. Fondy); bur. Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA >> <<

    [The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh - Cemetery Records - Bertha Fondy, Date of Birth: 03/26/1914, Date of Death: 01/06/2008, Calvary Cemetery, Section: Calvary Maus/Chapel]; [email from son Tom Fondy, Oct 2006: "Romolo married our mother Benedetta Colucci in 1934. She was known as "Bertha" from a grade school teacher who knew about "Big Bertha" the German Siege guns of World War I, but knew nothing about beautiful Italian names."]

    [Deceased Name: Fondy, Bertha Colucci "Bernadette," 93, of Brookline, Jan. 6. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) - January 9, 2008]; [Bertha Bernadette (Colucci) Fondy, Age 93, of Brookline, on Sunday, January 6, 2008; Mother of Thomas P. (Sandy) Fondy, Bernadette R. Fondy and the late Albert R. Fondy; Grandmother of Christopher Acquafondata, Lynn Acquafondata, Susan Fondy and Jessica Fondy; Great-grandmother of Adam and Benjamin Brody. She was the owner and operator of the Doll Hospital, first on 10th Street, South Side, then on Smithfield Street, Downtown Pittsburgh. Funeral arrangements by Beinhauer. Friends will be welcome at 2630 W. Liberty Avenue, Dormont (412-531-4000) on Thursday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Loreto Church on Friday at 10 a.m. Entombment in Calvary Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the Albert and Thomas Fondy Experimental Cancer Chemotherapy Fund, Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 13244. Please add and view Tributes at]

    [Obituary: Bertha Fondy - Doll maker, mother of late union chief - March 26, 1914-Jan. 6, 2008 - January 12, 2008 - By Gary Rotstein Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Bertha "Bernadette" Fondy, a doll maker and the mother of one of Pittsburgh's major union figures, died Sunday at St. Anne Home in Greensburg. The former Brookline resident, who was 93, had spent the past decade in nursing homes. Mrs. Fondy was a strong-willed woman who made a business out of her doll-making abilities for half a century, starting in the 1940s, a decade when she wore slacks regularly long before it was common for women. She raised three children as a single mother after splitting from her husband. She also worked hard as a cook and cafeteria manager to support them. Her oldest child, Albert Fondy, was a forceful personality himself; he died in 2005 after serving 15 terms as president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. Originally from a large Italian family in Overbrook, Mrs. Fondy first put her seamstress abilities to use making school uniforms, doing business as Fondy Blouse Co. in Greenfield during World War II. After changing to the doll industry in locations on the South Side and from her Brookline home, she operated as Bernadette Creations and Fondy's Doll Hospital. She made her own dolls and dolls' wardrobes -- many of them in ethnic styles representing various nationalities -- for wholesale distribution and for sale at craft fairs throughout the region. Mrs. Fondy also become well-known for repairing dolls in her 10th Street store and in her neighborhood. Her second son, Tom Fondy of Syracuse, N.Y., said his mother's "interesting and unusual type of job skill" made her popular for news media interviews during holidays. Her LaRose Street home was full of dolls missing limbs, eyes or other parts that she would re-create. One room featured a display of injuries that spooked her granddaughter, Lynn Acquafondata of Mt. Lebanon, as a young girl. But Ms. Acquafondata said she also was fascinated in watching Mrs. Fondy manufacture dolls using a kiln in her basement, and she obtained a special visit to the set of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" because Mrs. Fondy sewed some of the puppets' clothes for the TV program. Mrs. Fondy also is survived by a daughter, Bernadette Fondy of Greensburg, three other grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was yesterday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Albert and Thomas Fondy Experimental Cancer Chemotherapy Fund, Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13224.]

    Marriage 1 Romolo Francesco FONDY b: 08 SEP 1908 in Italy
    • Married: 1934 Religious Marriage
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    • Divorced:
    1. Has Children Living FONDY
    2. Has Children Living FONDY
    3. Has No Children Living FONDY
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