Barbara Mae Riefenstahl, 74, wife of the late Robert A. Riefenstahl passed away on Monday, July 23, 2007 at Westfield Care and Rehab in Meriden. She was born March 22, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA a daughter of the late Raymond and Marguerite Mae (Antenen) Wilson. She worked as a secretary for various local companies. Barbara was a lifelong resident of Meriden, a member of Center Congregational Church where she played the bells for 30 years, was a member of the Mothers and Others Club and a deaconess. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. Barbara is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Bonnie and Peter Chamberlain of Windham, VT, Debbie and Jonathan Shapiro of Berlin, Ct and Susan and Stuart Stack of Meriden, six grandchildren, Barbara and Samuel Chamberlain, Sarah and Marguerite Stack and Zachary and Carly Shapiro, one brother, Raymond Wilson of DesMoines Iowa, and three sisters, Audrey Buckner of Norwalk, CT, Carolyn Mountjoy of Lake Havasu, AZ and Judith Scouten of Yardley, PA A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 27 at 11:00am at Center Congregational Church, 474 Broad St., Meriden. The Rev. Dr. Robert W. Clarke will officiate. There will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to Center Congregational Church, Remembrance Fund, 474 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450. The Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Bonnie & family, I am so sorry for you loss. Many fine memories of my (other Mom) You are in my thoughts & prayers!!! I will be in touch. Sue

  2. Dear Riefenstahl Family, We are very sorry for your loss and extend our deepest condolences to your family during this time. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Vera Sorensen and Children

  3. Dear Sue, Stuart, and family: We are so sorry for your loss. We know that the last few years have not been easy for any of you, but you have never shied away from doing everything and anything you could for your mom, mother-in-law and grandmother. She never lost her sense of humor or the knowledge that she was loved. You will have some difficult days ahead of you but are blessed with loving, supportive family that will help get you through some rocky days. We know how you’re feeling – saddened at your loss, saddened by the changes in your mom as she suffered so many changes and losses, and relieved that her suffering has ended. You’re in our thoughts and prayers Linda and Dan Hatch

  4. Deb, Jon, Zach and Carly, We’re so sorry to hear about Barbara’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the many wonderful memories of the times you’ve spent together close to your hearts. With sympathy, The Niemans

  5. I shall never forget the kindness and generosity of Barb, Bob and the Riefy gals toward me and our family over the years. When I was a college student (many moons ago) they put up with me at their home during the summer months (as if they didn’t have enough to do with their three children). Rest in peace Barb and Bob (you deserve it) Ted

  6. Sue, Stu & Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. When I think of your Mom I smile and I remember all the fun we had growing up as teenagers together. Going to your parents home and talking to both your Mom & Dad first before we could go out to make sure our cars were ok and we would always be safe. Those were fun happy care free years. I know your Mom & Dad are together again now. With our deepest sympathy, Love Diane & Steve

  7. To Bonnie, Debbie, Sue and their families as well as to Mom, Aunt Judy, Aunt Barbara, Uncle Ted and their spouses: You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. I have wonderful memories of her growing up that I will continue to hold in my heart. With love and deepest sympathy, Jennifer Mountjoy (Niece of Barbara’s)

  8. We were very sorry to hear about Barbara’s death. Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. George, Francie and Karen

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