St. Bertilla Boscardin was born on Oct. 6, 1888, in Brendola, Italy. After working as a house servant when she was a young girl, she joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart in 1904. She began training as a nurse in 1907 and was later assigned to the hospital in Treviso. She was a gentle caretaker in the children’s ward of the hospital. In World War I, she cared for injured Italian soldiers. In 1919, she became supervisor of the children’s ward. St. Bertilla died of cancer in 1922.