Obituary of Teresa J. Bellizzi

Teresa Bellizzi

Teresa J. Bellizzi died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 1, 2021 at the age of 98. She was predeceased in 1977 by her beloved husband, John A. Bellizzi, whom she continued to miss. She was devoted to her family and did everything she could for her children’s well-being and happiness. She leaves behind 4 children–John A. Bellizzi, Jr., Janet Bellizzi Connors, Diane Bellizzi Lee, Carol A. Bellizzi–7 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren who love her deeply and will miss her greatly.

Teresa was able to recognize beauty in the world and reflected beauty in her endeavors. She studied art at the Washington Irving School for the Arts and the Traphagen School of Design. She worked as a fashion designer for Henri Bendel in New York City prior to World War II until she joined the war effort as an inspector at a precision parts factory for airplanes.

She reflected beauty in her paintings. She shared her love of art, starting art shows at The Women’s Club in Eastchester, NY. Later, she studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and in workshops with professional artists to use new media and techniques. She kept her easel busy with new paintings so that her home looked like an art gallery.

She lived in Sheffield, MA, for 41 years, having moved here after the death of her husband.  She immersed herself in the community with the Sheffield Art League and the Housatonic Valley Art League; she served many years on the boards of both as she helped organize art shows. She loved what she did. Teresa was on the board of the Friends of the Sheffield Senior Center and was an active participant at the Center. She was active at Our Lady of the Valley Church. She loved to bake; her brownies were famous.

Teresa was energetic and resilient in a world that changed so much over her lifetime. She greeted each new day with a smile. To her every day was a gift.

We were fortunate to have this beautiful person in our lives.

7 Responses to Obituary of Teresa J. Bellizzi

  1. Blessing to the Bellizzi family. Gratefully in Christ.

  2. The Housatonic Valley Art League will deeply miss our fellow artist, board member, collaborator in all things we do! She attended every board meeting, joined our show committees, and her contributions were thoughtful and supportive, always! As president of HVAL, and on behalf of our current and former members, adieu wonderful lady. We will always remember you!

  3. AHer beauty was both insde and out She will be missed

  4. 2 Timothy 4:7 states, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. What wonderful words that seem appropriate for Ms. Teresa Bellizzi. .

    Words are always in adequate in situations and circumstances such as these; nonetheless, I extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Bellizzi family. My name is Kathy Awkard and I am a longtime friend of Carol from the Washington, DC, area.

    Unexpected losses are, no doubt, the most difficult—no time to plan for what one wants to say, or should say to our loved one. What I believe for sure is that those wonderful shared memories of time well spent with your Mom will sustain you during the ebb and flow of grief. Lean in and lean on one another and know that you are not alone. Rest well, Ms. Bellizzi. Rest well.

    May the LORD continue to bless you and keep you and make HIS face shine upon you.

    With sympathy—-

    Kathy

  5. 2 Timothy 4:7 states, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. What wonderful words that seem appropriate for Ms. Teresa Bellizzi. .

    Words are always in adequate in situations and circumstances such as these; nonetheless, I extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Bellizzi family. My name is Kathy Awkard and I am a longtime friend of Carol from the Washington, DC, area.

    Unexpected losses are, no doubt, the most difficult—no time to plan for what one wants to say, or should say to our loved one. What I believe for sure is that those wonderful shared memories of time well spent with your Mom will sustain you during the ebb and flow of grief. Lean in and lean on one another and know that you are not alone. Rest well, Ms. Bellizzi. Rest well.

    May the LORD continue to bless you and keep you and make HIS face shine upon you.

    With sympathy—-

    Kathy

  6. To the Family of Teresa Bellizzi:

    Hans and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. Thankfully, she lived a long and productive life.

    We were happy to meet Teresa almost thirty years ago, when we moved to Great Barrington and Hans soon became involved with the Sheffield Art League. Your mom was already efficiently and actively engaged, as all members would attest! Her calm manner belied a solidity, strength of purpose, honesty, care for others and loyalty. We valued her friendship, no less for these qualities than admiration for her skillful and lovely watercolors which expressed her joy and love of place. And, as sometimes the most astonishing connections are made, we learned that she was the sister of a friend whose acquaintance our families made, and friendship sustained, when we serendipitously met her brother Frank Gary, his wife Alice and their young son, Matthew in France, where we all lived so many years ago.

    May her memory be for a blessing.

    With our Kindest Regards, Ruth and Hans Heuberger

  7. I am saddened to hear of Theresa’s passing. She was always pleasant to work with in physical therapy. When we moved to Sheffield (just down the road from her home) she showed up at our door with a bouquet of lilacs to welcome us to the neighborhood. My condolences to the family; Know that she will be missed.

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