Berit Helena McCarty

IRVINGTON—Berit Helena (Dingsor) McCarty born January 30, 1932, to Bernt T. Dingsor and Astrid (Petersen) Dingsor in Horten, Norway, passed peacefully on July 23, 2021 in Irvington.

Her husband of 60 years, William H. McCarty, predeceased her in 2017.

Berit is survived by her five children, Kristin A. Schueler, William H. McCarty Jr., Dr. Michael E. McCarty, Dr. Patrick P. McCarty and Dr. Inger P. Hudson, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Berit survived childhood during World War II in occupied Norway and began her working career as an interpreter for the U.S. embassy in Oslo, Norway, in 1952.

Berit emigrated to the United States in 1955 to work for Scandinavian Airline Service. With her she brought the address of a young Lt. William H. McCarty whom she had met in Oslo, Norway, at an embassy party when his ship, the U.S. Destroyer Glennon, made a port call. The two were married in 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Berit and Bill lived in New Jersey until 1988 and then Kilmarnock where they both enjoyed their retirement. Berit was active in real estate in New Jersey (Remax) and Virginia (Jim & Pat Carter Realty). Berit retired from real estate in 2007 and volunteered as a docent at Christ Church in Irvington.

Berit enjoyed gardening, knitting, boating, crabbing, swimming and walking. She was very active all her life. Berit and Bill hosted many family gatherings at their home at Laurel Point where fresh crabs and lively conversation were always on the menu.

A public memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 24, at St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock, with an interment at Christ Church immediately following the service.