COLUMBUS — Beverly Ann (Daly) Parker-Bertoia was born Oct. 2, 1936, in Columbus. She passed away peacefully at home Jan. 3, 2019. Bev was preceded in death by her beloved, Peter “Pops” Bertoia; son, Dana Parker; granddaughter, Kali Drew; and her mother, Ruth Daly.

She is survived by five children, Dirk (Theresa) Parker, Drew (Tammy) Parker, Dean (Teri) Parker, Donn (Shelly) Parker and Dene (Daniel) Slusser; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Bev was a graduate of Linden McKinley High School, class of 1954. Founder of Dirko’s Pizza in 1980 in Columbus; it is in its 39th year of business and is still thriving because of her guidance, hard work and determination.

She loved and welcomed everyone into her home, family and heart. She had many friends who were close in heart and spirit for many years — among those are Carri and John Baumbick, Johanna Conti, Laura Brown, Norma Rose, Bertie LaCorte, Donna Fortner, Carol Black, Connie Holder, the Bingo Beauties, and many others. Bev lived life to the fullest. She was an Irish Lass and St. Patrick’s day was her favorite holiday. She was also a devoted Christian woman.

Beverly was truly one of a kind. She was the matriarch of a large family (there were 40+ family and friends at her house for Christmas this year). She was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Pete, and the greatest mom that there could be. She was “MawMaw” and “GiGi” to all of her grandkids and great-grandkids.

The business she founded helped support most of her family for 39 years. Bev loved life. She loved Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson, who she had the pleasure of seeing in concert last year. She was a fanatic for The Ohio State University and Notre Dame. She enjoyed traveling with Pete and her family.

Beverly lived a long fulfilling life. Although she could be stubborn and set in her ways, she also was compassionate and the one person you would want on your side in a pickle, or anytime for that matter. You were blessed if you were her friend. God Bless Her!!

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 10, at the Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 Ohio 61, Sunbury, OH 43074. Services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Devore-Snyder Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon.

Donations may be directed towards the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH 43205, or The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205.

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