Phyllis Chiera, 84, of Great Barrington

Her passion for driving led her to work for Massini Bus company, driving kids with disabilities for many years.

Phyllis Audrey Chiera, 84, of Van Deusenville Road left this world March 11, 2020, to be with her sister, Barbara Chamberlin; son Daniel; and beloved husband of 50 years, Henry J. Chiera.

Phyllis Chiera

A native and lifelong resident, Phyllis was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Great Barrington, the daughter of Reginald and Pauline (Grygaytys) Carr. She grew up living next to an old farm and at the age of 8 years old, she learned how to drive using a tractor. Her passion for driving led her to work for Massini Bus Company, driving kids with disabilities for many years. She had the greenest thumb in the Berkshires. She loved her flower garden. She gave away many cuttings over the years to family and friends. She loved watching and rooting for the UConn women’s basketball team. Phyllis will be missed.

She leaves behind daughters Jennifer Chiera Fleming (Dan) and Stephanie Chiera, and many nieces and nephews, as well as her beloved cat, Rascal.

The family would like to thank HospiceCare in the Berkshires and Fairview Commons for all the love the nurses and aides gave to their mom.

A service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.