Barbara Collett, 85, formerly of Hamden and North Haven, CT and Woodford, VT, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Charles F. Collett, her parents, Soren and Barbara Frauenhofer Neidt, her brothers and their wives, Henry (Doris), Andrew (Rose), and William (Eleanor) Clock, and her grandson JD Collett. Barbara was the treasurer of the Woodford Snobusters snowmobiling organization and co-owner of the Twin Brook General Store and Motel, AKA 'Woodford Mall' in VT for many years. She was a long-time member of the North Haven Congregational Church and a Past Worthy Matron of Alice Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Hamden. She enjoyed gardening, oil painting, making stained glass pieces, working crosswords and anagrams, and was widely known for her homemade fudge at Christmas time. Her home was always open and welcoming. For the past several years, Barbara was lovingly cared for by the staff of Water's Edge Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Middletown, CT. Her family is extremely grateful for the wonderful care, compassion, and respect shown her especially as she became more incapacitated. Barbara is survived by a large, loving, extended family of relatives and friends. Her children are Betty-Lou (Pat) in PA, Robert in VT, Sue-Ann Roy in CT, Edward (Mary Ellen) in CT, and John in VT. Grandchildren include Donald (Jamie) Hall, Wendy (Jerod) Civitello, Christopher (Christina) Collett, Nate Collett, Melissa Roy, Brooke, Bob, Christie, and Ashley. Great-grandchildren include Charlie and Donovan Hall, Jameson and Joseph Civitello, Tori, and Jaxson…no doubt more to come. Family and friends may call from 1:00-3:00 followed by a memorial service Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Barbara's memory to the Alzheimer's Association/Connecticut Chapter at www.alz.org/ct.

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  1. Sometimes Good-Bye Takes Awhile Sometimes good-bye takes awhile No matter how prepared you believe you are When the end draws near You find there is always more to say Sometimes good-bye takes awhile When disease ravages your brain And you no longer remember your name But your heart keeps beating just the same Sometimes good-bye takes awhile As family sits by your side And friends can no longer hold back their tears We know this path has been long We have stayed with you through it all But now you must go on alone To be with those who went before Be happy and free as we say this last Good-bye Knowing you are loved and will be missed In that place where you remember your name Sometimes good-bye takes awhile Until we meet again – Love you Mom Barbara Elizabeth Neidt Collett December 8, 1931 – March 30, 2017 © 2017 Betty-Lou Collett

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