Bertha L. Mallozzi

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LEWISTON – On Jan. 23, at 3:15 p.m., Bertha Louretta (Pace) Mallozzi of Warwick, R.I., succumbed to cancer, after an almost three-year courageous battle in her home, surrounded by her loving husband and adoring children.

She was born in Providence, R.I., and educated in the Rhode Island school system. She was the very loving and respectful daughter of Robert D. Pace and Annie F. (Hewitt) Pace. She was a homemaker of 30 years, until being employed as secretary at the Auburn Baptist Church, of which her husband is pastor.

She was married on July 17, 1965, to Joseph Mallozzi Sr. of Providence, R.I. They came to the Lewiston-Auburn area in August 1985, after a call by the Lord to pastor the Auburn Baptist Church. Their residence has been at 18 Hillview Lane, since that time, where they have raised their four wonderful children.

She was an active member and co-worker, with her husband, in the ministry for the last 21 years, where she faithfully attended and served the Lord in many capacities. Her many ministries included Sunday school teacher, choir, visitation, counseling, nursery, vacation Bible school, missions conferences, ladies seminars, mother-daughter banquets, weddings, receptions, couples retreats, secret pals, Labor Day, as well as other picnics and church events. Beside all of this, she found time to minister as a full time wife, mother and grandmother.

Her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved having them over and cooking for them. She loved shopping with her girls, buying things for them, her grandchildren and surprising her husband with gifts. She also loved going to cruise night with her husband in their 1951 chopped and customized Ford Victoria named “Betty Lou” after her. She was the ultimate wife and mother.

Who can find a virtuous woman” For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her. Strength and honor are her clothing and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously but thou Betty, excelleth them all. (Proverbs 31)

She was truly a faithful and virtuous woman of whom her family and church family were proud of. We believe as her loving family, that the Lord was truly pleased with her life. She loved to travel (anywhere) with her husband. Her most favorite memory was going to the Holy Land for 10 days visiting all the precious places where Jesus walked. She always wanted to go back, she called it the “homeland” and she will, one day, go back with her whole family in the Millennial Kingdom.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Joseph; her four children, three daughters, Wendy Ann Mallozzi-Beane, and husband, Shaun, of Lewiston, Gina Marie Mallozzi of Auburn, Rachel Louretta Mallozzi-Luong, and her husband, Bruce, of Lewiston and son, Joseph Mallozzi Jr. of Lewiston; and two grandchildren, Anthony Joseph Mallozzi and Brandon Christopher Beane; she has two sisters and two brothers and many nieces, nephews and friends back in Rhode Island.

She was predeceased by both her parents. She was a very joyful, pleasant and fun-loving person to be around. She has left her family full of love and many wonderful, previous memories. She will always remain in our hearts and be sadly missed by her entire family and all her Christian brothers and sister at the Auburn Baptist Church. The greatest blessing that graces our hearts is the promise of God from his Word, that we will all be together again in Heaven.

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