Elizabeth 'Bette' Winchell, age 87, passed away at home in Hamden on Saturday, February 4, 2012 surrounded by her family. Bette was the widow of Harrie C. Winchell. Born in Filer, Idaho on June 4, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Morris & Martha Goode Clark. She attended Boston University, and received her Masters Degree in Reading Readiness from Central Connecticut. Bette taught school in Old Saybrook, Hartford and Hamden. She was an avid gardener and square dancer, loved God and her family. Bette is survived by her daughter Daryl Martinke & husband Dr. David of Tonawanda, NY; her sons, Clark Winchell & wife Mary of Bethany, Dean Winchell & wife Susie of Richland Center, WI, Dale Winchell & wife Amy of Deep River, Hugh Winchell & wife Sylvia of Hamden, step-son Robert Winchell & wife Judy of Atlanta, GA and her 12 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Frank M. Clark. Friends may call at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Friday February, 10th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a service beginning at 7:00 PM. Interment will take place on Saturday at 11:00 AM in Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave, Hartford. Contributions in her memory may be made to the CT Food Bank, 150 Bradley Ave, East Haven, CT 06512.

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  1. Aunt Bette was always such a gentle soul. I’ll always remember the cookouts we had and the .kick the can. games we played. Thoughts and prayers with you all. .Cousin. Barbara

  2. Bette was a beautiful person who raised wonderful children. We pray all will find comfort in good memories.

  3. Clark & Family – Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. May all the wonderful memories keep her alive in your hearts forever.

  4. Daryl: The entire Operation Serve family is praying for you and your family! May you hold to the memories that the Lord gave you with your Mom and be comforted in knowing she is in Heaven!

  5. Dave, Daryl, Rachel, Ben & Elizabeth, My deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent to you on the loss of your wonderful Mother, Mother-Inlaw, and Grandmother. May God continue to give you stength and comfort during your time of sadness and know she is in Heaven rejoicing with the Angels and getting to meet Jesus face to face. You have been wonderful friends and I am glad God gave us the opportunity to meet many years ago. Love You All dearly.

  6. Dale, Amy, Heather, Melissa & Brian, We are so sorry for the loss of your loving Mom and Grandmother. We love you. May Gods peace and love bring you comfort. Love Pam, Rick, Brea, Gabrielle & Alec.

  7. Dear Dale, As you know, I never got to meet your Mom, but from everything you told me in bits and pieces over our friendship, and from what I got to see was the very close and loving relationship you had with her, I knew she was a fine and dear person. I wish I had gotten to know her! I know she would have enriched my life, too. And as you know, I’m not much of a believer. But in times like this, I always feel I hope I’m wrong! Nothing would make me feel better than to really know there is a Heaven, and that she’s up there. That would be only right. My best to you and your family in this difficult time. ~ John

  8. It was such a delight to be with each of you last night as we remembered your Mum. I’m pleased that the service was a special honor to her memory.Since we have lived across the street for 40 years it will be an adjustment driving by each day and realizing she is not there Forty years is a long time to form so many memories. I picture her in heaven reconnecting with your dad and my mother. Some of her special quialities mentioned were her work ethic and quiet manner. This was evident at West Woods Bible Chapel where she faithfully served the Sunday School, helped weekly with clean up of trays from The Lord’s Supper and provided rides for someone who did not drive We missed her lately at Chapel and will continue to do so. Our prayers will be with you. Linnea Schmidt

  9. To the Winchell family, from the Redmond Family, We send or deepest condolences to all of you. We share so many memories growing up with all of you. Sledding down Still Hill Road in the 70.s was awesome!! Deepest sympathy. Mom, Jon,Cyndie and Claudia. xo

  10. We extend our sympathies at your mother’s passing. We admire her love for Jesus and that she passed that devotion along to her children. God be gracious to you. Blaine and Lisa Edele

  11. She was such a gentle, hospitable lady with a genuine love and care for others. I’ll see her again later. Marion Spiller Arline Winchell was my mother’s sister

  12. Dear Dale, As you know, I never got to meet your Mom, but from everything you told me in bits and pieces over our friendship, and from what I got to see was the very close and loving relationship you had with her, I knew she was a fine and dear person. I wish I had gotten to know her! I know she would have enriched my life, too. And as you know, I’m not much of a believer. But in times like this, I always feel I hope I’m wrong! Nothing would make me feel better than to really know there is a Heaven, and that she’s up there. That would be only right. My best to you and your family in this difficult time. ~ John

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