Barbara Bentley Lassen, 89, of West Haven, loving wife to the late David K. Lassen, passed away on February 9, 2018 in Cheshire. She was born in New Haven on May 31, 1928 to the late Frederick and Rebecca Seleucia Bentley. Barbara is survived by her loving children; Richard Lassen (Charlotte) of Hamden, Sharon Salzo (Michael) of West Haven, Susan Enright (Gerald) of Milford, Paul Lassen (Barbara) of Rutland, VT, and Mark Lassen (Maryann) of Los Altos Hills, CA. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her sister Shirley Batty. Barbara attended Boardman Trade School in New Haven. She was a talented and skillful seamstress, crafting her families clothing. While rearing her 5 children she worked as a manager at Homemakers Corner in Orange, passing on her sewing skills and advice to grateful customers until her retirement. She was a kind and loving member of Olivet Baptist Church in Hamden. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating Barbara’s life on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11am in Olivet Baptist Church, 3762 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olivet Baptist Church. Please share below how Barbara blessed you, encouraging her family.

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  1. I am very sorry for your loss. When I was a little boy I lived behind your parents on Roy St. in a pink house. Both your parents were so very kind to me. I have such wonderful memories. God Bless.

  2. To my family, my heart goes with you all as we send our loving goodbyes to Aunt Barbara. When my mom, Barbara’s sister Shirley, was still at home dying from the lung cancer, Aunt Barbara came out to AZ to help care for her. I was and forever will be grateful for her help during that time.

  3. We are so very sorry to hear of Aunt Barbara’s passing. I know Rich & Karen have many good memories of her, & her presence & assistance during her sister Shirley’s final illness will not be forgotten.

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