Mrs. Alberta Sue Carter (née Bailey), of Conneaut, Ohio, (you probably knew her as "Bert") entered eternal life on Thursday, September 28, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Her spirit is carried on by her husband, two children, six grandchildren, four surviving siblings, and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life.
Everyone was welcomed as family in her eyes; it didn't matter if you were neighbors down the street, a friend of an acquaintance, or an immediate family member, you knew her as Aunt Bert.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Bert during her 60 years, among them:
• After you've lost your cool, a good talk can calm a hot head.
• A wooden spoon is an adequate tool of intimidation; display frequently when older relatives pick on you.
• Don't throw away old material or yarn; anything can be made into a blanket to give away.
• Over-cooking is a virtue; if there are 2 people then you better cook to feed 12.
• Everyone enjoys a tin box for the Holidays; bake with joy and fill generously with homemade goodies. Then enjoy together
• Careful when handling cats; they just might be skunks in disguise.
Bert was a big-hearted individual with a welcoming spirit. She is fondly remembered as one full of generosity, sharing whatever she had with anyone she came across, and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
She loved cooking and baking and shared her talent with everyone she knew. A favorite pastime was cultivating her garden of which produce was used to make food that was given away. She cherished time with family and ensured weekly standing appointments were attended to play games, cook, and watch Netflix. Bert was very talented and genuinely thoughtful; often crocheting and sewing to make blankets that she passed on to anyone in need. She led with a genuine heart where gifting was carefully thought out and presents always personalized.
She is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren whose photos she proudly displayed and siblings: William David Carter; children, Kristy Lynn Vanatta (née Carter) (Don Vanatta, children, Phoenix, Xavier, Logan, Johnny, Justin, Julie), and Jason Lee Carter (Jamie); and siblings, Deborah, Carolyn, Trish, and Buddy. Bert is preceded in death and now reunited with her parents.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life, held at the Kessler family home located at 400 Jennie Street, Conneaut, OH 44030, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 2pm – 6pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be submitted via the Family's GoFundMe memorial link: gf.me/u/c6p5bh or sent directly to: Jason Carter, 39 Indian Trail, Merrillville, IN 46410
In her lifetime, Bert made many connections with people time after time. Those who've taken her lessons to heart will continue to ensure that her memory will live on. Whether through making a recipe she shared or sharing a blanket received, whatever it is that reminds you of Bert, her light shines on.
We truly thank all of our friends and extended family who have supported us during this time.
The family would like to send a "Thank You" to the clinical team at ACMC. with a special thanks to ICU RNs Lindsey, Amanda, Sue, Dawn, Lauren, Kenny (RT), Scott and Pam (Hospice), Doctors Unger, Sunmonu, Varghai and Weinerman for their efforts and dedication in the ICU/Hospice units, to take care of Bert in her final days. You all went above and beyond to meet our family's needs.
Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut, is honored to reserve the family. Online obituary and condolences at www.thompsonsmithnesbitt.com