In Hamden, Sunday, March 9, 2008, Barbara 'Bart' Jean Masciantonio, 72, of Centerbrook Rd., Hamden. Widow of the late Louis Masciantonio, Jr., Bart is survived by her daughter Gail and her husband Jared Welsh, II of Hopkinton, MA, a son Daniel and wife Lisa Masciantonio of Upton, MA, three grandchildren, Hannah, Emily and Patrick Welsh and several nieces and nephews including Susan Paier, Ellen Richmond and Judi Dallman. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son David L. Masciantonio and sister Carol Paier. A daughter of the late William R. Shields and Gertrude McKay Shields Sulkowski, Bart was born in New Haven on May 20, 1935. She was a 1953 graduate of St. Mary's High School and a 1956 graduate of The Hospital of St. Raphael's School of Nursing where she was active in both alumni associations. She was a registered nurse, and the nursing supervisor at the Hospital of St. Raphael before her retirement. Bart lived in Hamden all of her life and was an avid traveler, reader and gardener. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Wednesday, March 12 at 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. John the Baptist Church, New Haven, at 10 a.m. Friends may visit with the family Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Hamden. Contributions in Bart's name may be made payable to The David Masciantonio Memorial Scholarship Fund and sent to Daniel Masciantonio, 26 Fiske Ave., Upton, MA 01568.

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  1. Bart was a fantastic person! I enjoyed the years I had the pleasure of working with her! My smypathy to her family. Rest in peace Bart,you will be missed!!

  2. Dear Gail, Danny and the rest of the family- I just heard about your mom last night and I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your family dating back to almost thirty years ago! Your mom was a spunky lady who had a heart of gold. I know she will be missed. Sincerely, Debbie Krischtschun Mallozzi

  3. For the Masciantonio Family, Dan and Lisa have always been kind friends to us. And kindness is something that is learned and passed on. It lives in all who knew Bart. Having been born and raised in Hamden, I often find myself wishing I still lived closer – to offer my support to good friends at times like this. Now I find myself with only .words.. But words cannot adequately express our feelings, but we hope that it may somehow help you to know how much we care, and that our thoughts are with you. Brian and Maggie Heninger Alexandria, VA

  4. Gail and Danny, I was so sorry to read about your mother, I hadn’t seen her in a few years but when I did we always would chat and catch up on each other’s lives. I hope that she wasn’t ill and it was just a peaceful passing, she certainly had enough in her lifetime as did the two of you. I hope you know how impressive all of you were and are. In the middle of your grief – you always comforted others, whether you knew it or not. Your parents were so special .. I can’t imagine how hard it was to see all of us growing older with out Dave, but they never turned us away. I take comfort in the thought that they are all together again. I’m sorry for your loss and your childrens’ loss – again I hope that it was just her time, I hope that all of you did not have to experience a prolonged sadness. I have many good memories of you and your parents and I’m sure they left a legacy of their decency and compassion to their grandchildren. I will think of all of you! Ellen Presnick

  5. I am deeply saddened by Bart’s death. She was a mentor to me as a nursing supervisor at HSR, as well as a friend. She was a great nurse. She made me laugh – always! I will miss her.

  6. I very much enjoyed my time working with Bart at HSR in the early 90’s. She was extremely professional and always supportive and calm when faced with adversity. I pray this kind lady rests in peace.

  7. Mrs. Mas, You were so kind to us, the friends of your children. Thank you for your hopitality and your laugh! We hope to see Dan, Gail and the rest of the family soon! Rest in Peace, The O’Connell Family Hamden, CT Beverly, MA Watertown, MA

  8. Through the years, Bart was very kind to both of us and always made us feel like part of your family. We will miss her. Please know that we are here for you as you endure this difficult time. Marla & Matt

  9. To Bart’s family, I fondly remember Bart as a major supporter of the nursing staff at HSR, a positive influence in my nursing career, and an all-around nice lady. There was always a sense of security to knowing that Bart was in charge. My deepest condolences to all of you.

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