Rotunno, Betty Janette (Hammond), Formerly of Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora, Colorado. Age 84 years. The daughter of the late Richard E. and Vivian (Lawrence) Hammond, Betty was born October 4, 1927 in Saginaw, Michigan. As a child, Betty worked on the farm and attended school. She was very bright, learned quickly and was considered a “gifted” child. During WW II, she worked at Wilcox Rich on the woman’s brigade as head inspector for air plane parts. She married Thomas M. Rotunno on July 15, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio. He predeceased her April 20, 2006. Betty and Tom lived in Saginaw until 1957 when they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. They owned and operated TOPS Plumbing and Heating Company in Santa Fe. When they retired, they moved to Aurora, Colorado to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Barney Caranta. Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was a wonderful homemaker and a fantastic cook, specializing in authentic Italian and Santa Fe style cooking. Betty was known for her fabulous southern fried chicken and delicious pies. She had a kind and big heart and was good to everyone. There was always room for one more at her table. She loved to sing, travel and garden. Her house was always neat and kept well. She loved her family and always said they were her most precious gifts. Betty told each one of them, “I love you and I always will.” Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Mary Ann (Barney) Caranta, Timothy Rotunno (Mary), Richard Rotunno (Ellen) and Gigi Rotunno; 13 grandchildren 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by a daughter, Eileen (Carrie) Rotunno, a daughter-in-law, Linda F. Rotunno, and by one sister and one brother, Mary Brock and William Hammond. Betty’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Cherry Creek Nursing Center for the loving care and devotion they gave to Betty. A Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Aurora, Colorado. Fr. Terrence Kissell officiated. Interment followed at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado, where a bagpiper played laments. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Alzheimer's Association. As we honor Betty and the life she lived, we will remember the legacy she has left us: to follow her example of giving, sharing, understanding and kindness with a song in our heart.