The Belta family is well-loved in Westport for their Bayberry Lane farm. They send word of the passing of Dina, their matriarch.
In these unusual times, it seems the first thing to say is it was not from COVID-19. The pandemic caused many challenges to her medical treatment, but she received excellent medical attention and passed peacefully after a short illness.
This very good and caring mother would warn you not to put off your normal health care checkups out of fear of contracting the virus. The family is especially grateful to everyone from Bridgeport Hospital, and her devoted caregiver Gladys.
Dina came to Westport in 1945. As a new bride she moved to the family farm, and worked side by side as a farmer’s wife and devoted mother. Her family was everything to her. At the time of her death, 4 generations of Beltas lived on the farm.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie Caruso Von Zwehl of Naples, Florida; sons Gregory Belta (Mary Ann) and James Belta (Karen), both of Westport; her loving grandchildren Angela (Danny Lopez), Laura (John Lofreddo), Jessica (Rob Walsh), Caitlin, James and Kelsey Belta, and Patrick Helfrich; her cherished great-grandchildren Sophia, Elizabeth, Kaia, Bradley, Connor, Brian and Christopher; her sister Rosemarie Altieri of Wilton, and many nieces and nephews throughout the region.
She was predeceased by her husband James; her daughter Donna Belta; her parents, Grace and Giacinto Paoletti; her son-in-law Vincent Von Zwehl, and her brothers John, Gino and Ercole Paoletti.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Harding Funeral Home. There will be no viewing hours.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 15, the family will gather in the parking lot of St. Luke parish in Westport to receive callers. At 11 a.m. there will be a mass inside. The first 90 people can be admitted entry. Face masks and gloves are required. Directly following, burial will take place at Assumption Cemetery in Westport. All may attend, and social distancing directives will be followed.