Barbara R. Merwede, of Hamden, passed away early Friday morning, August 1, 2014 after a long illness. A long time parishioner of Spring Glen Church, she was active in the alter guild and several other committees. Barbara was an only child born to the late Melville and Harriet Roecklein Metcalf in New York City on July 31, 1935, and was an alumnus of Concordia College. She worked for many years with the Burt Process Company in Hamden, as well as Hamden Health Care. In the 1970's Barbara was active in the Hamden PTA at Mount Carmel and West Woods Schools. She is survived by her son, Gary Merwede & his wife Cheryl of Hamden; her daughter, Janice Schaff & her husband James of Cheshire, as well as seven grand children. Barbara enjoyed reading and vacationing with her life-long friends Patricia and Walter Bird of Shrewsbury, PA. She was an early employee at the Society ForThe Prevention of Blindness, and worked as a volunteer with other community, church, and social groups. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Monday, August 4th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden followed by her Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 or www.masonicare.org.

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  1. BARBARA, YOU WERE ONE SPECIAL LADY. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME SO MANY MEMORIES TO HOLD ON TO. SAY HI TO BOBBIE AND ONE DAY WE WILL BE TOGETHER FOR OUR DINNER GET TOGETHERS. LOVE YOU JOANNE LAMBERT, FRIEND.

  2. I had the pleasure of working with Barbara at Burt Process. I will never forget my third day working for the company when my grandfather passed and she was the first person to call and express her condolences. We had not even met in person yet! It was a very warm welcome to the BPE family for me and I will always remember how kind and sweet she was. My thoughts are with all of you as you celebrate her life.

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