Bridget Wirkus, 92, of 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, formerly of Church Street, West Haven, passed away Wednesday July 1, 2009 at the MidState Medical Center, Meriden. She was the wife of the late Bernard E. Wirkus. She was born in Fort Kent, Maine on July 5, 1916 a daughter of the late Amanda Pelletier and Ozime Blair. She is predeceased by 11 brothers and sisters. She leaves a loving family and many cherished memories. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church in West Haven. She was an antique dealer for over 50 years. She was also an estate appraiser for the New Haven Probate Court and a regular at the Redwood Flea Market in Wallingford for many years. She is survived by her children Patricia Hansen (Ron), Bernie Wirkus (Donna). She is predeceased by her son Nelson French (Jane). She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the medical professionals at the Masonic Healthcare Center, MidState Medical Center and all those that helped her live her last few years with loving care, friendship and dignity. A memorial service will be celebrated on Tuesday July 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at the Masonic Home in Wallingford, CT. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT.

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  1. Bernie, So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May all the great memories bring comfort to you in this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathies, Steve & Marlene Hunt

  2. Gram, I have the fondest memories of our time spent at your house throughout our childhood. Comfy sleepovers on the blow-up mattress, watching the Price is Right, Press your Luck (.No Whammies!.), and your .stories.! … all to be topped off by a walk to Walgreens to buy a pint of fudge swirl ice cream! 🙂 You will be missed and eternally loved for all that you have endured and done to provide for your family. We have truly lost a treasure, but rest assured that you have found peace with those loved ones you have lost throughout your tough life. You’ve always been a fighter (sometimes a stubborn bird!), but you no longer have to struggle, just RIP! With love always, Michelle

  3. It was with sadness that I learned of your Mom’s passing. I can see her smiling face, her quick wit and the jokes she always had for me. I also remember how much she wanted to be at home. Now she is free to go as she pleases – and I bet she is wearing her pink sweater! Bobbie

  4. Gram,I have the fondest memories of our time spent at your house throughout our childhood. Comfy sleepovers on the blow-up mattress, watching the Price is Right, Press your Luck (.No Whammies!.), and your .stories.! … all to be topped off by a walk to Walgreens to buy a pint of fudge swirl ice cream! :)You will be missed and eternally loved for all that you have endured and done to provide for your family. We have truly lost a treasure, but rest assured that you have found peace with those loved ones you have lost throughout your tough life. You’ve always been a fighter (sometimes a stubborn bird!), but you no longer have to struggle, just RIP!With love always,Michelle

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