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Elizabeth Ann Berke

Elizabeth Ann Berke

February 22, 1946 - January 4, 2020     Age: 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Berke passed away on January 4th, 2020 on Amelia Island, Florida, after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer.  Born on February 22, 1946 to William and Helen Grace, Betty grew up in Southboro, Massachusetts.  In college, she was selected by Look Magazine as one of the best dressed girls in the country.  Betty graduated from Fisher College after which she served as Sales manager for the Sonesta Hotel in Boston.  Later she assumed the title of Functions Manager at the Chateau de Ville in Framingham. 

On January 31, 1970, Betty married Richard K. Berke.  They would be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month.

Betty possessed a passion for flowers and devoted many hours to growing all varieties.  Her gardens were breathtaking.  Betty’s talent shone in her ability to sew and decorate, and her homes bore testament to her amazing creativity.  She also loved to hostess dinner parties and family get-togethers. 

Betty is survived by her husband, Dick, and daughter, Jennifer Berke.  Her son, Jason, predeceased her in 2010.  Betty is also survived by her brother, William Grace, sister Christine Darby, daughter-in-law Kelly (Patrick) Hyche, son-in-law Ari Virtanen, sisters-in-law Joan (Alan) Rhodes, Nancy Ostrov and Susan (Joseph) Bierman, brother-in-law Philip Berke (Debi), and several nieces and nephews.  Betty also leaves behind the loves of her life, grandchildren Alana, Tyler, Olivia, Dylan, Ryan and Jaxon.

A memorial service will be held at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island, Florida, on Monday, January 13th at 10:00 am.  Burial will occur at Bosque Bello Cemetery immediately after the service, and a reception will follow at The Golf Club of Amelia Island.

Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

19 Condolences

  • Mary & Tom Quinlan Posted January 7, 2020 8:57 am

    We are so very sorry.

  • Janie Tamer Gu Posted January 7, 2020 4:16 pm

    Dick. I’m so sorry. I’m here in Nassau County now. Y’all are in my prayers.

  • Sister Nancy Posted January 7, 2020 5:14 pm

    No words can express how sorry I am ! Loved Betty Love yu ❤️

  • Jane and John Carusone Posted January 8, 2020 7:39 am

    Thinking about you and your family at this sad time.

  • Maureen and Ross Schlinger Posted January 8, 2020 8:32 am

    Our prayers are with all.

  • Cheryl Tucker Posted January 8, 2020 10:08 am

    My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  • Sue Levine Posted January 8, 2020 11:30 am

    Dear Dick,
    Marshall and I are so sorry about the passing of Betty.
    She was a beautiful and kind person and will be missed by all.
    May she Rest In Peace .

  • Debbie Wells Posted January 8, 2020 2:25 pm

    I’m thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Virginia Quirk Posted January 8, 2020 2:38 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dick and his family for their loss. Betty was such a lively and fun person to be around.
    We shall miss her at the lunches with the tennis crew.

  • Sandy Hutchinson and Mark Frost Posted January 8, 2020 2:55 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a lovely, gracious lady and we loved having her as our neighbor. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  • Laurie (Firth) & Steve Potter Posted January 8, 2020 7:06 pm

    I will always cherish Betty’s friendship, will always be inspired by the way she confronted life’s challenges, and will always admire her ability to smile, laugh, and bring happiness to everyone around her. We will miss her deeply.

  • Mary Ellen Field Posted January 8, 2020 8:08 pm

    Dick and Family, You and Betty were a long time part of our family. We loved her and will miss her. Know we are thinking of you and hope you find some peace. Love to you from the Field , McCurry and Oliver Families.

  • Elena Posted January 8, 2020 8:55 pm

    Elena & family
    Dear Dick
    We are so very sorry, about the passing of Betty ,will always cherish her friendship.
    We loved her and will miss her.
    Rest in Peace

  • Wayne Judge Posted January 9, 2020 2:06 pm

    The first time Meredith and i met Betty we felt like we were her good friends and had the same feeling every time thereafter. a wonderful warm person

  • John McHenry Posted January 9, 2020 5:05 pm

    Dick, Anne and I were so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences old friend. May she Rest in Eternal Peace. John & Anne McHenry

  • Cliff and Darleen Summers Posted January 9, 2020 6:56 pm

    Dear Dick,
    Darleen and I wish you our most sincere condolences and best wishes. God bless.

  • Richard Reisman Posted January 12, 2020 10:32 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you, Dick, and Jennifer.

  • Carol-ex daughter-in-law/Jason her sons Widow Posted February 3, 2020 10:15 pm

    So sorry to JUST learn of Betty’s passing
    I pray for her soul

  • Everyone ever Posted April 5, 2020 1:12 am


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