Nancy Bertinelli, 1937-2019
Nancy (Carvin) Bertinelli died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – one day before her 65th wedding anniversary.
Nancy met her beloved husband Andrew “Andy” Bertinelli on a snowy night in Claymont, Delaware, when she was waiting for a bus after a movie. He offered her a ride, which she politely declined. He then circled back, imploring her to accept his offer, rather than risk waiting in the freezing weather as the buses were no longer running. Hesitant at first, she agreed to let him drive her home, and she ultimately accepted dinner date with the young gentleman. Five months later, they married.
Born in Pennville, New Jersey on February 20, 1937, Nancy was a devoted mother to their five children: Drew of Walla Walla, Washington; Mark (deceased); Valerie of Studio City, California; David of Charlevoix, Michigan; and Patrick of Scottsdale, Arizona. She was a proud “Nonnie,” or grandmother, of four: Wolfgang Van Halen (Valerie); Calvin and Bailey Bertinelli (Drew); and Enzo Bertinelli (David).
She boasted that she drove Valerie to 75 auditions when the aspiring young actress was trying to launch her career in Hollywood, but Nancy also made time to attend her boys’ sporting events. She was a lifelong football fan, wearing her No. 11 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals jersey every Sunday.
Nancy worked as a travel agent, taking pleasure in helping families explore the world. She and Andy delighted in taking annual cruises to Hawaii with their dear friends, and other favorite destinations included Thailand and Italy. When she and Andy first married, the couple lived for a year in Germany while he served in the Army, and later, they lived in England while Andy worked as a consultant on the Channel Tunnel project.
From her favorite television shows like Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey to historical novels of Phillippa Gregory, Nancy was fascinated by the British monarchy. In 2014, she was thrilled to learn that her humble New Jersey roots stretched across the pond to the British gentry, when the television program Who Do You Think You Are? traced her family tree to the early Pennsylvania settler James Claypoole and back to King Edward I.
Nancy made the world around her more beautiful with her prolific oil paintings of English cottages, still-life arrangements and seascapes. Her works are displayed proudly in her children’s and grandchildren’s homes, and she would be delighted to know that her community, McDowell Village in Scottsdale, selected an original piece to display in their halls.
At mid-life, Nancy was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis which impacted her heart and limited her mobility, but not her spirit. Andy was her caretaker, and she was devastated when he passed in December 2016. As she had throughout life, Nancy soldiered on, embedding herself in the community at McDowell Village by serving on the menu committee and even arranging the annual Super Bowl party.
The family will honor her at a private service. In lieu of flowers, they are requesting donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation and the American Heart Association.Print Obituary & Condolences