Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home & Rosewood Memorial Park
601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA
Elizabeth Ann Chiampou
August 27, 1926 – June 10, 2019
A vibrant conversationalist, avid reader and wise counselor to many in need of a friend, Elizabeth Ann Chiampou (nee Cooney) passed away peacefully on the morning of June 10th in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by family. Bette was deeply devoted to the Roman Catholic faith. She grieved for her beloved husband of 67 years, Ken, who passed away in December. Bette and Ken retired to Vista Plantation in Vero Beach, Florida where she enjoyed golf, bridge, the theatre, swimming in the ocean, volunteering as a math tutor and many lively chats with friends and fellow book lovers in her book club. She loved fiction and Impressionist art.
Bette was also predeceased by a son Daniel, parents Catherine and Daniel Cooney and her cherished siblings Catherine, Daniel and Francis. A wonderful wife, mother and friend, she is survived by six children: Lisa, Charles (Sandy), Claire (Eric), Kenneth (Craig), Gregory and Katie (Brian). She treasured her nine grandchildren: Madeline (Chris) Charlie (Tobi) , Emma (Mark) , Emily (James), Maggie (Brian), Glenn (Genevieve), Elizabeth, Jenna and Ally and her four great-grandchildren: Louise, Ted, Grace and Norrine.
Mom, Momma B, Gramby, Gramma B--always had time for each and every one of them and will be greatly missed.
An intellectual who happened to be a lot of fun, Bette could easily delve into the deep mysteries of life with you, review a new Broadway play, relax on the beach with family or act out the dog’s antics in spectacular, funny detail. She had a contagious passion for treating others kindly and encouraging love and faith.
Born in Brooklyn New York, Bette graduated from Saint Joseph’s College and was a longtime high school math teacher on Long Island. She said Math was like music to her and a way to apply her “leap of faith principle.” Her teaching career was preceded by a life on the stage. She enjoyed acting during college and later in summer stock around the country. She often danced in the kitchen while cooking, a dishtowel thrown over her shoulder, humming the big-band song playing on the radio nearby or simply in her head! For many years, Bette taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at St. Patrick’s in Bay Shore, New York and was a Lector both there and at St. John of The Cross in Vero Beach. She also worked on St. Patrick’s The Parishioner newsletter and volunteered in the FISH program, helping needy families. Mom believed the world was framed by the hand of God and all one had to do was go out and discover His limits. She was a free spirit in her own way and encouraged her children to embrace challenges and also “discover” what the world had to offer.
A viewing will be held at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11a.m. on Friday, June 14th, at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, https://www.lakeosfs.org or St. Joseph College: 718-940-5580 or sjcny.edu. You may offer your condolences at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 14, 2019
Elizabeth Ann Chiampou
June 18, 2019
What a special person your Mother was! She was so giving, loving, bright, funny etc. There are not enough words to describe how special she was. My best wishes and love to all of you!
Barbara Keating weber
June 16, 2019
Aunt Bet my mother’s sister was a constant in our lives. She was always there for our family when needed, good times and bad. I will always cherish the family memories as sleepovers with my cousins, and vacations at Lake George. She was to me like a second mom and, A caring great aunt to my children. She showed us through example what family means, a great story teller and for me, someone I will miss and never forget. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are blessed to have had her as their Mother.
June 14, 2019
To the Cousins Chiampou,
Sending our love and thoughts. Your Mom was such an alive, present person. A great lady. She will be missed. xoxo
Brian and Family
June 13, 2019
Mrs. Chiampou was my religion teacher when I was in high school.. My religion class would go to her home in Brentwood, NY once a week. She was a phenomenal teacher who embraced our teen age antics and silliness. Her devotion to the Catholic Church was contagious. She not only believed in her faith, she lived her faith. After not seeing her for over 50 years I sent her a note when her husband recently passed. I received such a beautiful note back. I started to cry when I realized how lucky I was to have known such a beautiful person. My devotion to the Catholic Church has remained with me for 65 years and I know it is partly because of her. Betty (as we would call her to make her angry) lives in my heart and thoughts today. I know she died in peace because she so believed in our returning to God. Pull me up Mrs. Chiampou!!!! I will never forget her. Heaven just received, not only another angel, but the best that our world had to offer. Connie Antonetti
Mary Pat Champeau
June 12, 2019
Hello, my beloved cousins,
I'm so sorry we have lost Aunt Bette. The story of her life and spirit was described so perfectly in the obituary. I loved her! She always had time to pause, sit down, ask a question, really listen to the answer and then, miracle of miracles given that she had six children of her own, would actually refer to and continue the conversation even a year later. As a kid, this astounded me. She was smart and funny, and wry and wise and even when I saw her last, under sad circumstances when we lost Uncle Ken, I could hardly get her to talk about herself -- she remembered and referred to the last private conversation we'd had, which had been (I'm sorry to say) years earlier. I send so much love to all of you, this year marks an end of an era and while there will surely be many more fantastic eras to come, they will not have quite the same feeling as the one that includes backyard barbecues at your house on Long Island, overseen by the lady dancing with a dishtowel over her shoulder in the kitchen.
June 12, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at John 5:28-29 Jesus Christ stated : The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will here his voice and come out. what a wonderful and joyful time this will be welcoming back your dear mother and grandmother and friend. May this promise bring comfort and hope to you.. If you would like to learn more about the wonderful promises in the bible, please visit jw.org
Toni Panariello (Giaquinto)
June 11, 2019
To Katie and family,
Some of my fondest memories are the warmth and love I received during my childhood at your house. Dinners and math tutoring from mom, playing and sleepovers were a regular through my childhood. Robert Moses till dinner time and beyond was my all time favorite. What a beautiful family your parents created and all the love spread is something I will never forget. Thank you and love to you all during this difficult time. May all the memories hold you. ❤️