January 01, 1970

Bernadette O. Calabro
Age 57, of Cranberry Twp., passed away suddenly on November 20, 2022. Daughter of the late Patrick, and Emma (Kupecz) O’Connor, Bernadette grew up in the Southside Slopes of Pittsburgh. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988. At IUP she was a founding member of the Theta Phi Alpha sorority chapter.
Beloved wife of Joseph W. Calabro; loving mother of Joseph W. Calabro Jr., and Patrick Calabro; special aunt to Emily Schneider; sister of Julie (Tom) Bart, John O’Connor, and the late Patricia O’Connor. Bernadette is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Whether it was traveling to National Parks with her family, seeing the latest production at the Strand Theater, or meeting up with the Bunko or book club girls, Bernadette liked to keep busy. When staying home, she was known to watch—and then rewatch—The West Wing cuddled on the couch with her dog Bruce. She was also known for her lively Cinco de Mayo parties, and dedication to Jimmy Buffett concerts.
While her children were in school, Bernie was an active member of everything. She was in the PTA, a Boy Scout leader, the Elroy Bingo Queen, and did absolutely everything to make sure her boys were supported and loved.
Bernadette will be remembered as a fighter. She will be loved and missed forever.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday from 2-4, 6-8 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 am at St. Kilian Church, with Rev. Charles Bober officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Bernadette’s name to CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education).

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  • Tom

    So sorry Joe! Call me Tom Peters

  • Michael Singer

    I just found out that Bernadette passed away from reading the most recent IUP alumni magazine. Bernadette was a dear friend who I was fortunate to share some of my marketing classes with at IUP. She asked me to be her date at her Theta Phi Alpha hayride and I was happy to accept. Due to the lack of social media back in the day we lost touch and that saddens me. My heart is hurting right now because I wish that we would have stayed in touch. My heartfelt prayers are extended to her family and her IUP Theta Phi Alpha sisters.

  • Andrea Wheeler

    I was blessed to meet Bernie this year when she volunteered to help with the summer faith formation program and then again at Bible study. What a giving, kind, and carng woman. I will truly miss her.

  • Denise Keeling

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We aren’t able to make it this weekend. We will be praying for you all…

    There are no words that can be said to help heal a broken heart for the loss of a mother. I can only imagine the emptiness when you lose your best friend/wife. However, I want you to know she will ALWAYS be right by your side! She will NEVER leave you! She will be closer to you now than ever before.

    Bernie was one of a kind. When you all moved from our borough, I was heartbroken. She was so loved in the PTA. We were all family. We made a friendship/family outside of the PTA. She will NEVER be forgotten!

    We love you all and we are praying for you. May God bless you & may He give you His peace & grace.

  • Beverly Fitzwilliam

    My deepest sympathy to your family. I attended St. Henrys and Hilltop Catholic with Bernie.
    She was always a kind soul. My prayer and hope is that you all may find some comfort in the memories of your mom,wife, and sister.
    May God Bless you all in this time of grief

    Bev Fitzwilliam

  • Rene Lawrence Ball

    My prayers are with the Calabro family. Bernadette was a very special lady who was always so much fun. She will be forever be in my heart and memories. 🙏🏼💙

  • Barb and Steve O’Connor

    You will be missed…your kindness..your indomitable spirit and your loving personality. Heaven gained a loving angel. Forever in all our hearts.

  • Hattie Curry

    Dear Calabro Family…
    I’m very sorry for your loss of your dear wife and mother.
    I went to St. Henry’s and Hilltop with Bernie.
    May the memories of hee bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hattie (McLynden) Curry

  • Dina Brozich

    Bernie attended our Walking With Purpose Bible Study at St. Kilian’s. I was starting to get to know Bernie and to hear of her passing is very sad. Heaven has gained another angel to watch over us all. May she rest in peace. So sorry for the loss for all those whom love her. In Christ, Dina

  • Jeff Agosti

    I’m deeply saddened at the loss of Bernadette. My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends.


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