Elizabeth "Betty" Constantine, of St. Petersburg (Treasure Island), Florida, passed away on February 21, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Betty enters heaven to join her parents, Walter and Lillian Abell, her sister Juanita Hinton, and brothers-in-law, George Hinton and Carl Cambron. She is terribly missed by her husband of nearly 59 years, Joseph W. Constantine, and her six children, Michael, David (Donna), Brian (Caitlin), Carol Ann Rofrano (Arthur), Jill (Dan Wolsk), and Sandra, and her sister and brothers, Bootsie Cambron, George Abell (Margaret), Joe Abell (Linda), and Frank Abell (Diana) and sister and brother-in-law Pat and Roger Bate. Also mourning Betty are her 13 grandchildren, Lauren Marquardt, Seth, Rachael, Jennifer and Joseph Constantine, Monica, Jason, Casianne, Joseph and Leigh Ann Rofrano, and Samuel, Lillian, and Stella Wolsk. Betty is also survived by five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty was born on her parent's farm in Lebanon, Kentucky, and was educated at Mount Saint Joseph's high school. She obtained a degree as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Louisville, Kentucky. After meeting on the dance floor of The Doghouse in Louisville, she married Joe in 1958. Together they began a great adventure, having six children over the next seven years.
After working part-time as a nurse while she had her children, Betty became a full-time nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Betty was a floor nurse for half of her career, and then became certified as a specialist in intravenous therapy (IV). Betty was the first chair of the IV therapy department at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
Betty retired from nursing in in 1997. During her retirement, Betty became an avid tennis player, routinely giving her husband and adult children difficulty on the court. She was still on the court when she turned 80. Betty also spent her retirement enjoying her grandchildren, coming to her children's aid to care for newborns, and attending dozens of baptisms, first communions, confirmations, soccer games, concerts, and graduations.
Betty and Joe lived in Treasure Island for the past several years. Betty enjoyed the company of dear friends and delighted in her activities, which, in addition to tennis, included book clubs, Mahjong, and Bridge. She also took advantage of the area's live theaters, music, and museums. A positive, energetic, and deeply caring soul for all who met her, she is beloved and will be missed and forever remembered.
Family and friends are invited to join Betty's family in a viewing on Sunday, February 26th from 4 – 7 p.m. at Brett Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, February 27th at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Vianney Parish in St. Pete Beach, followed by interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to donate to the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, KY or St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation in St. Petersburg, FL.