Born in Oswego, the daughter of the late Patrick and Leona (Long) Crisafulli, she attended local schools and Oswego Catholic High School. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in education and received her graduate degree with honors from SUNY Oswego.
A long-time teacher and reading specialist, Bernadette worked for more than 25 years for the Mexico School District.
An avid gardener and runner, Bernadette enjoyed numerous outdoor activities. Beloved by a large circle of friends, she entertained frequently and attended local theater.
Bernadette is survived by her daughter, Stephanie, of Oswego; her sisters, Jeanine (Ben) Zastawny of Oswego, and Patricia (Joe Tulacz) Crisafulli of Oregon; a nephew, Pat Commins, of Oregon; and several aunts and cousins.
She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church of Scriba and Christ the Good Shepherd in Oswego.
Calling hours will be held 3-6PM Wednesday, January 19th at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany Street Oswego. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held 11AM Thursday at Sacred Heart Church in Scriba. Spring burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Scriba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.