Audrey Carpenter, 93, of Meriden, loving wife to the late John Carpenter, passed away on January 26, 2020 at the Connecticut Baptist Home in Meriden. She was born in New Haven on January 16, 1927, a daughter of the late Alex and Frances Glasnapp Ellstrom. She leaves her daughter Karen O'Neal and her husband Edward of FL, sons; Richard Carpenter and his wife Patricia of Windsor, Kenneth Carpenter and his wife Mary of Wallingford, grandchildren; Michele Bloom (Scott) of Yalesville, Jeffrey Carpenter (Amy) of Wallingford, Steven O'Neal (Jennifer) of Meriden, David O'Neal (Kimberly) of NJ, great-grand daughters; Dianna and Sarah Bloom, Shannon, Megan, Stephanie and Emma O'Neal , Jaidyn and Kelsey Carpenter and several nieces and nephews . She is predeceased by her sister Mabel Kokoszka. After raising her family, Audrey went on to work for The Napier Company as a factory worker for many years until her retirement. She was a long time member of South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, knitting, quilting, and cooking for her family, whom she deeply loved and adored spending time with. She especially loved watching her grandchildren and great-grand children grow. Audrey's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Connecticut Baptist Home for their care during their mother's time there. A service celebrating Audrey's life will be held on Thursday January 30 at 7pm in Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave. Meriden. Friends may visit with her family from 4:30pm-7:00pm before the service. Interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of her family. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Connecticut Baptist Home, 292 Thorpe Ave. #1 Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Audrey was the most kind, gentle, and sweet lady, who was my mom’s first roommate at the CT Baptist Home. My mom and my siblings will greatly miss Audrey, and her love for flowers. May you find solace in knowing what a special lady your mom was to my mom and my siblings. May you be blessed during this sad time and may you take heart knowing that as my mom’s first roommate she made her transition from home an easier one. God’s Blessings to Audrey and her dearest family, and may Audrey forever Rest in Eternal Peace, knowing her mere presence touched many. Sincerely, Patricia Oblon, Clara’s daughter

  2. Was so sorry to hear about her passing. I was 3 when we moved 3 doors down from them on west main. Karen and I were instant friends. That was back when life was the neighborhood. All the families looked out for all us kids. Some of my fondest memories where in Audrey’s kitchen where she taught us to bake and can food. The Carpenter house was as much home as my was. We had such good times there. With Audrey’s passing it makes the end to that era. She will be missed. But all the memories are there to bring smiles to us all. Love Beth

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