Beverly Jean Bartolomei
After an active and adventurous life, and then many years of persevering through the difficulties of progressive MS, Beverly Jean Bartolomei made life’s last journey on July 8, 2016 and joined her father, Howard W. Punger and her mother, Alice M. Punger in heaven.
Beverly was born August 6, 1953 and raised in East Rockaway, L.I., New York with her three siblings who survive her: Elaine Dana of Whitefield, NH, Susan Pester of Pfafftown, NC, a suburb of Winston-Salem, NC and Douglas Punger and his wife, Leila, of Winston-Salem, NC.
She graduated from Slippery Rock College with a major in Physical Education. It was there that she met her first husband, Phil McKenney. After living in the beautiful resort communities of Smuggler’s Notch, VT, and Mattakesett on Martha’s Vineyard, they settled in a 1914 homestead on the Ruby Ranch outside Silverthorne, CO and raised their three daughters who survive her: Danielle Agnew, and her husband Josh, of Montgomery, TX, Alicia McKenney and Heather McKenney, both of Bozeman, MT.
Beverly was an amazing woman. She was an entrepreneur: successfully owning and operating A Country Garden Florist and Bubbly Balloon enterprises. Beverly was an expert skier, swimmer, runner, biker, and golfer, and loved the great outdoors; she and Phil passed those passions onto their girls. After 13 years in Colorado, the family moved to North Lake Tahoe, CA, spending the summers on the lake and the winters in the mountains. She also worked as a Real Estate agent, coached volleyball at North Lake Tahoe High School, and was an avid supporter of Tahoe Adaptive Ski School.
She simply loved life. She had a deep faith in God, which sustained her during her long illness.
In 2006, Beverly met her devoted and loving husband, Harry Bartolomei, who despite knowing of her devastating diagnosis, proposed to and married her that same year. Beverly and Harry continued to live life to the fullest, traveling to Mexico, camping on the coast of California, and boating and kayaking on Lake Tahoe from their lake-front studio. Due to the progression of her MS, they moved to Sparks, NV, where Harry provided full-time care for her and supported her in many ways during the difficult years of her increasing paralysis. Beverly’s family is deeply grateful for the unconditional love Harry gave Bev throughout their 11-year marriage.
In the latter years of Beverly’s life, she enjoyed connecting and keeping up with friends and family and her three wonderful grandsons, who also survive her: Keller Elway Agnew, Timothy Jack Agnew and Joshuah Peyton Agnew, via cards, letters, phone calls, and Facebook. She always had a song to share, her faith was an inspiration and her bright smile and attitude of gratitude will be missed by many.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Gar Wood’s Restaurant on Saturday, October 1st from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. A Celebration of Life Facebook group page has been created for her as well: http://www.facebook.com/groups/1408050445876762/