Teresa Vera Passaretti
July 23, 1958 – July 8, 2019
Teresa V. Passaretti, 60, daughter of the late Irene "Renee" Passaretti and Ernest "Doc" Passaretti, of Menands, New York, passed away at her family's Baton Rouge home on July 8, 2019, from ALS. She has gone to meet her friends and family, two-and four-footed, at the end of the rainbow bridge. Teresa was born and raised in upstate New York. She graduated with a BS in Biology in 1980 from Cornell University, where she was a member of Cornell's Big Red Marching Band and Symphonic Band and a sister in Alpha Phi sorority. Teresa worked for many years as a researcher at Albany Medical College Hospital. She spent the last 15 years as a microbiologist at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, retiring in July 2017 due to the progression of ALS. Teresa is survived by her beloved family, sister Charlotte Berard and husband Mark of Baton Rouge; brother Michael of Milwaukee, WI; the daughters of her heart: Sarah "Boo" Berard and husband Caleb Bernacchio of Barcelona, Spain; and Rachel "Sunshine Girl" Berard and fiance', Tucker Barry of Chicago; along with grand-nephew Joseph Michael Bernacchio and grand-niece Mary Claire Bernacchio of Barcelona. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 15615 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, prior to the mass. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Hospice of Baton Rouge would be appreciated. Teresa chose to donate her brain, spinal cord, and necessary tissue for neurological research; therefore, a celebration of her life will be held in upstate New York in September 2019, at which time she will be interred with her parents. Details to be announced at a later date. Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales (www.oursofh.com) is in charge of arrangements.
- Teresa is survived by her beloved family, sister Charlotte Berard and husband Mark of Baton Rouge; brother Michael of Milwaukee, WI; the daughters of her heart: Sarah "Boo" Berard and husband Caleb Bernacchio of Barcelona, Spain; and Rachel "Sunshine Girl" Berard and fiance', Tucker Barry of Chicago; along with grand-nephew Joseph Michael Bernacchio and grand-niece Mary Claire Bernacchio of Barcelona.
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
15615 Jefferson Highway
Teresa Vera Passaretti
July 21, 2019
Teresa was an unbelievably caring person to both humans and animals. In the many years that she spent boarding with me, her compassion for the horses never waivered. No matter how hot or cold or tired she may have been she was always there to help care for horses. They were truly her passion and I know that when she arrived in Heaven, a mass of equines were there to great her and be her eternal friends.
July 20, 2019
My heart goes out to all of you, Teresa's beloved family. I only know you through the stories and photos that she shared with me in the brief few years I knew her. But I counted her a blessing in my life, and I know her passing will leave a hole in yours. May the memories of her gentle, kind, and loving life bring you all comfort.
July 19, 2019
We are so sad to hear of Teresa’s passing. It was an honor to be called her friend. Will miss her very much.
Vicki and Skip Watt.
July 19, 2019
“T” as We affectionately called her was a sincere, kind friend who would do anything for anyone. He affection for her friends and family was equally matched to her love for her beloved Willy and her kitty. I know she and William are trotting and across the fields reunited once again.
All our love, Isabella and Ralph❤️