BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Beatrice “Bea” Lucille Tallarico of Bethlehem rejoined her recently deceased and beloved husband Jerry, the morning of Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Together they are traveling again.
Born in Farrell in 1926 to Joseph and Grace Marsh Takash, Mrs. Tallarico went on to graduate from Farrell High School and enjoy an incredibly full life.
From her early acquisition of the local Whiteface Dairy – where she created the “Cuddle Cup Sundae” – through a turn as a window dresser for the former Sharon Store, Bea established a life in motion.
Married to Jerry Tallarico in 1951, the couple began raising four children in the middle of close extended families and dear friends. Bea’s joyful spirit was signified by her love of the beauty she saw in the details of everyday life. She had a knack for making things artful by touching them lightly to bring out their best.
A dreamer and visionary, Mrs. Tallarico had the strength to try bringing her ideas to reality. Part of every trial and triumph, her children still shake their heads in smiling awe.
Always indulging her hobbies of piano and painting, Bea chose to be a loving career mother and wife while she supported and participated in the arts. Mrs. Tallarico was a founding member of the (Shenango) Valley Arts Guild in the 1970s and within that organization was a catalyst for the first Buhl Day celebration. During that period, she conceived, designed and proposed a self-sustaining “Village in the Park” project for the former Farrell City Park location. Incorporating green technologies and intended to be a permanent, visitor-friendly society of arts and crafts installation with resident artists, the effort was evidence of her core belief that art strengthened community.
With her friend Shirley Callis Stone, Bea wrote and published “The Weeuns,” a short series of illustrated children’s books that led to an authoring module that she and Shirley took to students in elementary schools in several states.
An artist with needle and thread, Mrs. Tallarico maintained a successful home business designing and crafting bridal gowns and headpieces. Her children fondly remember sitting around the dining room table with her, threading beads and sequins she would weave into her creations.
Bea’s current effort was trying to keep up with demand for the hand-crafted boxes she created for her son’s chocolate business in Bethlehem.
For many years, Bea was blessed to share her love of travel with Jerry. Together, they explored the U.S. and Europe and had innumerable adventures – often being drawn into lasting friendships with strangers who couldn’t resist the couple’s love for each other and Bea’s whimsical perception.
Mrs. Tallarico was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph; and three sisters, Dolores Takash, Dorothy Costello and Elaine Bell.
She is survived by her four children, Sean, Lisa, Mark and Brian and their spouses; and seven grandchildren.
Condolences and happy memories may be shared with family at 526 Westover Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Those wishing to offer a monetary memorial are asked to please support the arts.
A private service in Bethlehem will be followed by a celebration of life for Bea and Jerry this summer.