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Bertha V. (Saari) Brickley

Bertha V. (Saari) Brickley
  • January 15, 1929 - September 3, 2018
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    125 Nashua St., Suite 540
    Boston, MA 02114

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“Dear Brickley Family,My deepest condolences to you all. ”
1 of 50 | Posted by: Virva Vilppo - Finland

“We send our sympathies on the loss of your mom and grandma. When we worshiped together at First Lutheran, I admired the closeness of your family...Read More »
2 of 50 | Posted by: Jen & Larry Wissink - CT

“To all the Brickley's I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs B. She was so wonderful. When my dad was sick she took dad almost every day...Read More »
3 of 50 | Posted by: STEPHEN BOYSON - SOUTH DENNIS, MA

“Your mom was a wonderful woman. I will always remember her smile. My condolences to the entire Brickley Family. ”
4 of 50 | Posted by: Glenn Johnson - Holbrook, MA

“To the Brickley family,our condolences at this time.Your mom was always good our mother, so friendly, fireman s memorial always a rememberanceWe...Read More »
5 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Brickley Family. Our condolences to you all. Bertha was my cousin.Sauli RinneMikko, Wappu and Tiina ”
6 of 50 | Posted by: Tiina Ala-Outinen

“We were sorry to learn of Mrs. B. passing. My son, Michael went to school and played Melrose youth hockey with John Jr. and Charlie. She was an...Read More »
7 of 50 | Posted by: Cathy Ioffredo - Melrose, MA

“I met Mrs. Brickley trough her sons, John, George, Matt and Andy in the Boy Scouts. She helped me develop my Eagle Scout project and connected me...Read More »
8 of 50 | Posted by: Robert Travis - windham, ME

“I truly feel honored and blessed to have met Bertha. She was truly a strong blessing and such an inspiration to so many! Mrs B. will be missed but...Read More »
9 of 50 | Posted by: Tammy D'Amore - Newburyport, MA

“We are saddened to hear of your loss. Our condolences to the family.Hanna Kuusisto,Hannu, Satu, Annika and Juho Kuusisto ”
10 of 50 | Posted by: Hanna Kuusisto - Finland

“Dear Brickley Family,We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We have fond memories of her, and your family, at your home and Trafton Park. She...Read More »
11 of 50 | Posted by: Lee Ann Masterson Hatch - MA

“Our condolences. Bertha will be cherished in our memories forever.Paula MyllymakiErja, Jukka, Ville and Jussi Pesonen ”
12 of 50 | Posted by: Erja Pesonen - Vantaa, Finland

“Dear Brickley Family:My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.Bill GoodwinMelrose ”
13 of 50 | Posted by: Bill Goodwin - Melrose, MA

“I was so sorry to hear about Mrs Brickley's passing. I remember her from First Lutheran of Malden when I was growing up. ”
14 of 50 | Posted by: Paula Sullivan (Papamarcos) - MA

“I was saddened to read about the passing of Mrs. B. I have very fond memories of spending time at the house in Melrose with her, Quintin and the rest...Read More »
15 of 50 | Posted by: Jeff Greenler - Georgetown, MA

“AndySorry about your lossHaving just lost my mother several weeks ago I know the heartbreak and sadness you are now feelingYou will be in my prayers ”
16 of 50 | Posted by: Larry Moulter - Milton, MA

“So sorry for your loss. Heartfelt condolences to you all. With love and sympathy, The Lawless family. ”
17 of 50 | Posted by: Tom Lawless and family Lawless family - NH

“Dear Brickley Family,Loring, Michael and I send you our heartfelt condolences and our love. Your mom was an amazing woman and she raised an...Read More »
18 of 50 | Posted by: Meg DeAgazio - Ogunquit, ME

“I came to know Bertha some three decades ago as pen-pals, that's how long she has been making annual contributions to the Mary M. Foley Memorial...Read More »
19 of 50 | Posted by: Dan Foley - Newburyport, MA

“Mummu was one of my favorite people, and the strongest person I knew. I have the most wonderful memories of her sitting in the stands at every single...Read More »
20 of 50 | Posted by: Laura Irwin - Melrose, MA

“My memory of Bertha was of her keeping the history of the Brickley family and wanting to get the facts correct for her book...She was inquiring and...Read More »
21 of 50 | Posted by: William Brickley

“A shining light and family historian. Her life will be a tribute to love and family dedication. I will miss the conversations we always had about our...Read More »
22 of 50 | Posted by: William Brickley - Bedford, NH

“Sorry about your Mother. My thoughts are with you.I am sorry I will be out of town. ”
23 of 50 | Posted by: Ed Kirby Sr - Melrose, MA

“To all the Brickley kids, the Sals are so sorry for your loss. Everyone knew and loved Mrs. Brickley as the sweet but no nonsense mom in the...Read More »
24 of 50 | Posted by: Maria Salamanca Reid - Groveland, MA

“33 years ago our family lost our mother tragically. We started a scholarship fund in her memory and received hundreds of donations from near and far...Read More »
25 of 50 | Posted by: Kevin Foley - North Andover, MA


26 of 50 | Posted by: Bob Manning - Quincy ,MA

“Will never forget Bertha donating her platelets on Saturday's, she was a hot ticket. She and I had a mutual friend vthat we always chatted about!...Read More »
27 of 50 | Posted by: Diane Monaghan - Acquaintance

“"Aunt Bertha", as we Haapanen kids called her, was such a lovely lady. I have many fond memories of Christmas celebrations together with the Cass...Read More »
28 of 50 | Posted by: Liisa Haapanen-Janelle - NH

“We feel so sorry for your loss. Bertha and I had some wonderful correspondance some years ago. She has been a mother with a great heart to you...Read More »
29 of 50 | Posted by: Heide Clasen - Hamburg Germany

“Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family. ”
30 of 50 | Posted by: Jack Corbett - Duxbury, MA

“I'll always remember having lunch with Lila. Mrs Brickley making us tuna sandwiches and milk with Hershey's from a can !! Awesome! I You were...Read More »
31 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Lila and Family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. May your memories comfort you, until you're together again.1 Thessalonians 4:13-18...Read More »
32 of 50 | Posted by: Elaine Valente - Peabody, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:6-7 ”
33 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“Our deepest sympathies to all of Bertha's children on the death of their Mother- I knew Lila, Raina and Cindy (daughter -in-law) the most as they...Read More »
34 of 50 | Posted by: Jane & Jack O'Leary - MA

“May you family and friends be strengthened by the God of all comfort, who gives what we need to endure our trials. ”
35 of 50 | Posted by: - Brooklyn, NY

“My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the broken-hearted. Isaiah 61:1 ”
36 of 50 | Posted by: A friend

“My heartfelt condolences to the wonderful Brickley family. I will always remember Mrs. B for her sunny disposition, welcome frankness, and, above all...Read More »
37 of 50 | Posted by: Charlie Gill - Melrose, MA

“I first met her at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games here in Salt Lake. Her son Andrew was here and he and I arranged or her to attend the games...Read More »
38 of 50 | Posted by: Steve Harms - Sandy, UT

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I had the pleasure of knowing Bertha through our Saturday mornings at Dana Farber. Bertha would brighten the...Read More »
39 of 50 | Posted by: Frank Geishecker - East Falmouth, MA

“I first met Bertha when we spent a week together with Marilyn Boyson at her place in Duneeden Florida . We roomed together and become good friends. ...Read More »
40 of 50 | Posted by: Rhoda Maxwell - Centerville, MA

“To the entire Brickley family,I have the greatest memories of Bertha and she will be sorely missed! I loved her stories about her family and travels...Read More »
41 of 50 | Posted by: Gail Brickley - Venice, FL

“Rip Aunt Bertha. You were an amazing vibrant woman and you will be sorely missed. We love you ”
42 of 50 | Posted by: Laurel Haapanen - Brunswick, ME

“Our deepest condolences to the Brickley family on the loss of their beloved mentor.We remember seeing her at young George's hockey games from youth...Read More »
43 of 50 | Posted by: Richard Ford - Friend

“Bertha was a wonderful woman. When I found out my daughter would be in pre school and Bertha was one of her instructors, I completely relaxed. Bertha...Read More »
44 of 50 | Posted by: Barbara Brickley Hood - Tamarac, FL

“Raina and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ”
45 of 50 | Posted by: Christine Groark - LYNN, MA

“My condolences to the entire Brickley family. What a remarkable woman, cherish your memories. Thoughts and Prayers to all.Jack and Naomi McCorkle ”
46 of 50 | Posted by: Jack McCorkle - Family Friend

“Family please accept my condolences. I spent many joyful days donating platelets along with Bertha. Thinking of her brings a smile to my heart. ”
47 of 50 | Posted by: Lou Dittami - Milford, MA

“Bertha was a regular Saturday Platelet donor for many years. We spent many hours together for a great cause. She was a true hero. My condolences to...Read More »
48 of 50 | Posted by: Marilyn Dyer - Leesburg, FL

“My condolences to all my cousins. I was thinking yesterday how 50 years ago we'd be having a cookout for Labor Day with all the kids running around....Read More »
49 of 50 | Posted by: Bob Wood - Huntersville, NC

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
50 of 50 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague Gately - MA


Bertha V. (Saari) Brickley passed away surrounded by her family at her home in Melrose on September 3, 2018. She was 89 years of age. Born an only child to Finnish immigrants in Quincy, MA, Bertha was educated at the Woodward School and at Boston University. She was an award-winning sales representative for American Airlines who selflessly prioritized her family above all else. She and her husband raised two daughters and five sons. She never missed a sports event, school play, or any other opportunity to support her children, and later, her grandchildren.

Her generosity extended far and wide. Children in her home daycare affectionately referred to her as "Mama B." Her door was always open to acquaintances in need of a place to stay and a hearty meal (ending with chocolate cake, of course). For 24 years, she gave the gift of life to complete strangers, donating her blood platelets biweekly at the Dana Farber.

She traveled extensively, often pursuing her passion for genealogy. While at home, she kept in touch with loved ones around the world by penning letters on her signature yellow legal pad. She was never at a loss for words, whether giving candid advice or solving inscrutable crossword clues.

If there is one word that defined Bertha, it's sisu, a Finnish term that encompasses strength, determination, and willpower -- all defining characteristics of this extraordinary woman. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Bertha was the beloved wife of the late John E. 'Buddy' Brickley. Loving mother of John S. Brickley of Haverhill, George M. Brickley & his wife Cindy of Melrose, Matthew D. Brickley & his wife Allyson of Sandy, UT, Andrew T. Brickley & his wife Diane of Hingham, Lila R. Brickley of Woburn, Quintin E. Brickley of Melrose and Raina C. Brickley Heller & her husband Russell of Melrose. Cherished grandmother of John, Sarah, George, Hannah, Charlie, Abbie, Daniel, Sam, Jenna & Michaela. Also survived by many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday September 8th at the First Lutheran Church-Malden, 62 Church St. Malden at 10:00AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made in Bertha's name to Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, 44 Binney St. #1234, Boston, MA 02115 or to Massachusetts General Hospital, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.