Bette Pisarski

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Casa Mia on the Hill
111 Golf Street
Newington, Connecticut, United States

Obituary of Bette W. Pisarski

Bette (Wayman) Pisarski, 75, of Glastonbury passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital after a long illness on February 13, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.  She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 50 years, Robert P. Pisarski, and her 3 children:  Elizabeth Pisarski-Buchholz (Erich) of Glastonbury, Jonathan Pisarski (Emily) of Arlington, MA, and Rebecca Pisarski of Mystic.  She is also survived by her 2 granddaughters, Madelyn and Ellis, and was very excited about meeting a third on the way.  In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law Dorothy Gould of FL, cousins Di Field of Australia and Doris Nelson of CA, and her lifelong friend Cyndi Simpson of West Hartford.  She was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Claire (Zimmer), her brother Thomas R. Wayman, and close family friends Elizabeth and Elinor McCue.

Born in Westwood, CA, she grew up a minister’s daughter in Cambridge, OH, before moving to CT to complete her education.  While getting her Master’s in Education at the University of Hartford, she met her husband Bob.  She was a lifelong educator, working as a third grade teacher at Hooker School in Hartford, a nursery school teacher at South Church in Glastonbury, and a longtime special education tutor in the Glastonbury Public Schools.

Most of all, Bette was a loving mother who dedicated her life to bringing up her 3 children.  She cooked healthy meals for them every day at breakfast and dinner, and ensured that the whole family sat together for evening and weekend meals.  She was always there to listen and to give a hug when needed.  She taught her children to be kind and to help those in need.  She was a true “sports mom,” driving her children to sporting events and cheering them on from the sidelines.  Her signature look was a safari hat, and she would knit the entire game, while yelling instructions to players on the field. She loved being a grandmother, helping her granddaughters to learn the basics of reading, writing, and counting.  Being an avid knitter, she made numerous sweaters, afghans, and stuffed animals for the entire family.

Bette was generous and always willing to lend an ear and a helping hand.  She loved talking to people and made friends with everyone she met.  She loved watching animals, feeding the birds, growing flowers, taking walks in nature, and watching sunsets.  She and Bob spent many winters at their tiny cottage by the beach in Englewood, FL, where they enjoyed their slice of heaven on Earth with family and friends.

In loving memory of Bette, her family requests that donations be made to CT Foodshare, 2 Research  Pkwy, Wallingford, CT 06492, or CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd, Newington CT 06111.

A Celebration of Bette’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 25th, from 12 to 3 P.M. at Casa Mia on the Hill, 111 Golf St., Newington CT 06111. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  For online condolences, please visit

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