FRAMINGHAM– Carlotta N. (Bernhardt) Messana, 83, a longtime resident of Framingham, died peacefully, Sunday, August 19, 2018 with her family by her side.
Born in Davos, Switzerland, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nennele (Motti) Bernhardt.
Carlotta was the beloved wife of Andrew Messana of Framingham for 59 years.
After her education in Switzerland, she went to Leicester, England and worked as a nanny to four children. While there, she perfected her English by taking evening classes.
In 1958, she emigrated to the United States and worked as a stewardess on the S.S. Atlantic, a passenger ship with a route from New York to Amsterdam. She compassionately took care of children and sick passengers.
After she met Andrew, they married and settled in Framingham where they raised two daughters. She became a U.S. citizen and later worked at Jordan Marsh in Framingham for over 15 years. She visited her home country many times, keeping in touch with family and many friends from childhood.
During her later years, she tremendously enjoyed her role as a loving grandmother and spent many happy outings at Cushing Park.
Carlotta was an expert sewer and knitter, outstanding cook, especially at Thanksgiving, and had a green thumb for growing the most beautiful flowers in her yard, with her favorites being sunflowers and zinnias. She was a yearly contributor to local mitten trees at Christmas time, donating countless hand knit mittens and hats.
Besides her husband, Carlotta is survived by her loving daughters, Bettina and Dora, and her husband Dan, and her granddaughter Emily.
She is also survived by her sister, Silvia Bernhardt and brothers, Reto Bernhardt and Jurg Bernhardt, all of Switzerland.
Carlotta always put others first. Her kindness, ever present thoughtfulness, compassion and quiet generosity toward many, especially those in need, will never be forgotten. She made the world a better and brighter place.
In keeping with the family’s wishes, funeral services will be private.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street in Framingham.