Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gifted Gardener, Great Lady and Even Greater Friend passes away

Hello all,

most of you have heard that Bernadette Cozart passed away this week...I figured I'd get something posted on her memorial service this Saturday - we invite whoever would like to come and celebrate Bernie's life. There will be a reception following the service - please feel free to bring a plate.

Bernadette Cozart, a gifted gardener who won international recognition for founding the Greening of Harlem, passed away suddenly on July 27, 2009. A transplanted New Yorker, Bernie was an active, prolific volunteer and community leader. Most recently, Bernie was unanimously elected Design Chair of the Seventh Street Development Committee and served two years as president of the Allentown Garden Club. Survivors: Bernie is survived by her partner of 17 years Kathleen Kapila, her many friends and community partners. Services: A celebration of Bernadettes life will be held on Saturday, August 1 at 11 a.m. in Metropolitan Community Church, 930 N 4th St #10, Allentown, PA 18102-1881, (610) 709-8800. Arrangements, Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: Contributions may be made to Lehigh Gap Nature Center, PO Box 198, Slatington PA 18080, (610) 760-8889, Mr. Dan Kunkle.


Mrs. Dottie said...

I left this comment at the previous post too:

Bernadette was such a sweet heart, a talented and kind soul who touched many people's lives. I feel fortunate to have met her, and will always remember how she brought sunshine to our Chen Arts events. She will be greatly missed.

Sarah said...

That's a great photo of Bernie. She sure loved her hats, and looked great in them! She certainly left a great impact in Allentown, particularly on 7th Street. She will definitely be missed.

Bill Villa said...

I had the great pleasure of taking that photograph of Bernadette at Pete's place. It's a bittersweet keepsake now. She had a face and a smile that was always a joy to see. It just felt good being around her. I would have liked to have known her better and for a longer time. I will miss seeing her and hearing her voice ...

Mrs. Dottie said...

Read about the famous Bernadette Cozart here:

The memorial service was beautiful.