Beverly “Bev” Dobritz, age 86, passed away peacefully in her home in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 12, 2023.
Beverly Ann Thompson was born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, on October 29, 1936 to John Thompson and Helen McCarty. She was the oldest of three children and was fortunate to have good relationships with both her brother, John, and her sister, Susan “Susie.” She graduated from New Brighton Area High School in 1954. Shortly after graduation, she met the love of her life, Harold “Pete” Dobritz, and the pair was wed January 21, 1955. She lived a life devoted to her family and friends.
Beverly and Pete were blessed with two daughters, Mary and Debbie. She was later blessed with five grandchildren, Alicia, Kelly, David, John, and Matt; and eight great grandchildren, Adriana, Asher, Avery, Ethan, Skyler, Mason, Lydia, and Levi. She was excitedly anticipating the birth of her ninth great grandchild. Beverly put all of her love and energy into being a wife, raising her daughters, caring for others, and doting on her grandchildren. Their house was always full of love and laughter as they prioritized caring for their daughters and those that they loved. Their doors, hearts and arms were always open wide for those around them and it wasn’t unusual to find them taking in children of loved ones during difficult times.
Beverly developed a passion and talent for baking cookies in the 70’s and forever more became affectionately known as the “cookie lady.” She was happy to share cookies with those that she loved and sold them throughout the years to help support her family. Baking cookies became a great way to bond with every family willing to pitch in. It was nothing to find Beverly baking in the wee hours of the night surrounded by her husband and granddaughter, Alicia. Anyone that ever enjoyed her cookies was able to taste the love that she poured into them and it is truly a legacy that she leaves behind.
Beverly transitioned her passion of caring for others into a 15 year career as a caretaker at Passavant Memorial Homes. She loyally stood by her husbands side and cared for him as he struggled with failing health. They were separated far too soon when he passed unexpectedly on September 17, 1996. Beverly never got over the loss and patiently waited be to reunited with him in Heaven all of these years.
She retired in 2008 and enjoyed a wonderful trip to Nashville, Tennessee with her sister “Susie.” The loss of her daughter, Mary, in 2020 was quite challenging and prompted her move to Florida. She loved playing her favorite game bingo, playing cards with friends, baking, the color purple, angels, and spending time visiting with family and friends. Christmas was always a cherished holiday an a special time with Beverly. She was often quiet and didn’t always have many words but she truly loved deeply and spent her final year saying “I love you more.”
Throughout her life, Beverly loved deeply and she prized being a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, better known as Gigi. She was preceded in death by her father John, mother Helen, brother John, husband “Pete”, and daughter Mary.
She is survived and deeply missed by her sister Susan “Susie,” daughter, Debbie, granddaughter, Alicia, and great grandchildren, Asher, Ethan, and Mason. Beverly is also survived by her grandchildren Kelly, David, John, and Matt, her grandchildren, Adriana, Avery, Skyler, Lydia, and Levi. Her memory lives on with many nieces, great nieces, great nephews, family and dear friends. Beverly will be forever remembered and treasured.
Friends will be received on Thursday, February 16th from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Simpson Funeral and Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca, where services will be held on Friday at 10:00 AM. Private internment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Beaver Falls.
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