Ann Klimczak, 86, wife of the late Edward J. Klimczak, Sr., passed away at Hamden Health Care on May 28, 2008. She was born in New Haven, CT on April 27, 1922 to the late Frank and Andreana Ferraro DiLorenzo. Ann leaves her children, Mary Dingus and former husband Gary, Adriana (Ana) Miller and husband Jim, Edward J. Klimczak, Jr. and wife Lori, and Robert Klimczak and wife Michele all of Hamden; grandchildren, Jamie A. and Kevin A. Dingus, Grace Ann and Chloe Rose Klimczak, and James Edward Miller all of Hamden and sister Betty Branchiani of Hamden and brother Louis DiLorenzo of Whitestone, NY. She was predeceased by her sisters, Joan D'Andrea, Rosie Mauro and Julie Eagan. Ann grew up in the Hill section of New Haven before moving to Hamden where she lived for the past 40 years. She graduated from Commercial High School and attended UCONN and Charter Oak College in CT. For the past 37 years, Ann had been a dedicated employee of The Barn Sale in Hamden. She began her time there as a weekly volunteer and quickly moved up to management before becoming president. Ann loved her job and felt she was doing a great service to the people of Hamden. An early riser, Ann could be found during the quiet morning hours listening to her music that ranged from Mozart to Michael Jackson. She had a love for poetry that overflowed into her enjoyment for music. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for the past 40 years and an avid bridge player. Ann will be remembered for always speaking her mind, always being fair and for being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Ann's family would like to thank the Clelian Center and Hamden Health Care for taking such good care of their mother during the past several years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 31st at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church, interment to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Hamden. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ann's name may be sent to The Barn Sale, 2407 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06514 OR Hamden Health Care, Recreational Center, 1270 Sherman Lane, Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. Dear Ann, I am finding it hard to put into words how much you meant to me. You welcomed me into your family with open arms, and welcomed me into your home before Ed and I were married, because of troubles I was having in mine.I look back to the year that Ed and I were living with you with great fondness, even in the few rocky patches we went through. You taught me so much without knowing you were, especially when we would sit out on the porch and just talk. I have missed those conversations, and anytime I see a cardinal, and coffee cups so small, that the next size down would be an expresso cup, an LL Bean tote bag, and so many other things, I will remember your hardy laugh, your amazement of my ability to shop, and knowing that I could tell you anything, knowing I would get honest and heartfelt advice. I love you and miss you already, your daughter-in-law, Lori Klimczak

  2. Ed, Rob, Mary and Ana and children, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I discovered her passing only last evening, when I was at St. Mary’s Cemetary. I was so saddened to see she was gone. No matter how many years have gone by, my memories of your mother and your family remain vivid on Carmel Street; your Dad tending to the yard, kids playing basketball or swimming, your mother sitting outside with your grandfather or driving the station wagon in filled with groceries.I remember our mothers walking through the hedge to chat, to share good news and bad. Your mother was a truly good woman, straightforward, gentle and kind. I see her smiling as she walked through the yard, tanned with tousled dark hair and deep brown eyes. Carmel Street, with its jumble of kids and families is a memory now. But the memory of good neighbors and good people remains always present, filled with sunlight. My prayers are with you all. Take care and God bless. Fondly, Susan

  3. I had the honor of being Chloe’s kindergarten teacher at Ridge Hill, and Ann’s caring was always noted by me. Also, my own mother, Dawn Maher, worked with Ann at The Barn for many years. I felt Ann’s spirit in many situations- Michelle and family, to Chloe, I offer my sympathy as you grieve.

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