Barbara J. Calabrese, age 73, of Hamden, passed away on July 20, 2016 at CT Hospice in Branford. She was born in New Haven on July 2, 1943 to the late Louis and Rose Simonello Calabrese. She is survived by her brother Louis Calabrese and his wife Lynne of Southbury, CT, niece Jennifer Calabrese of Lexington, SC and nephew Scott Calabrese of Miami, FL. She is also survived by several cousins. After graduating in 1961 from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Barbara graduated from the Eli Whitney Dental School in 1962. She then went on to work for several New Haven area dentists, then Anthem where she worked for many years until her retirement. In her free time, Barbara was a long time member of the Astrological Society of CT, a volunteer at the Hamden Public Library, and active with the Hamden Civic Association. Friends are invited to visit with Barbara's family from 8:30am-11:30am on Friday July 29, 2016 at the BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Her funeral service will take place in the funeral home at 11:30am. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405. To see Barbara's obituary on-line or to send a condolence to her family, please visit: www.beecherandbennett.com

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  1. Condolences to Barbara’s family and circle of loved ones. What a loss! She had many friends in the Astrological Society of Connecticut. We can’t believe we won’t see her any more at our New Age Fairs and lectures. She was always .there for us,. for decades. Now she’ll be watching us from up in the stars! Shine on, Barbara.

  2. Condolences to Barbara’s family and all who loved and cared about her. Barbara and I worked together at Blue Cross for many years and became close friends. We had a lot of fun and certainly knew how to poke fun at each other. After I left Blue Cross for San Francisco I would come home for Christmas and myself and Debbie would always visit with Barbara going over the .old days. and talking about the crazy world today. Barbara was always once of grace, knew how to have fun, loved to tell stories and I will always remember her laugh and wise guy comments. Barbara will be missed and I pray she is happy, at peace and with loved ones in heaven. Our prayers are with Barbara and her family. Always, Dan Young

  3. Dan Young introduced me to Barbara in the 80s when we worked at CT BCBS and like Dan she wss a very loyal friend for many years. We did astrology and later Reiki together and enjoyed exploring many other forms of healing and spirituality. I feel very blessed to have known her and will miss her very much.

  4. Dear Calabrese family-I worked with Barbara at Anthem for many yrs.She was a witty,funny,& caring person.A joy to know.Loved her stories on astrology.May god bless you.With Sympathy-Phyllis DeRosa

  5. Barbara, I will miss seeing you at our ASC lectures and the New Age Fairs. I hope James came to meet you. Say \.Hi\. to him from the ASC and have some witty discussions with him. Sending prayers to your family. A Friend forever, Janet Stack

  6. Louis,

    I’m SO sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. I have very fond memories of your father, mother and sister coming to visit my mother. (Aunt Betty) They were all so warm and funny. I ALWAYS had a good time when they came over. May they all rest in peace and enjoy one another’s company yet again.

    Bob Pannone

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