Esther Vivian Beckert, 88, of 8 Lebanon Road, Bethany passed from this life on March 10, 2008. Esther was predeceased by her loving husband, Rudolph W. Beckert, in April 1968. She was born on April 9, 1919 and was the devoted mother of three sons, Rudolph in Bethany, Connecticut, Malcolm in Tucson, Arizona and Alan in Tulsa Oklahoma. She was a loving inspiration for 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Esther leaves one surviving sister in Florida, Elizabeth Hauser, and is predeceased by brothers George Barbash, Robert Barbash, Michael Barbash, Boris Barbash and sister Julia Juhas. She is also survived by many loving and caring nieces and nephews. Esther worked during her early career as a clerk for the Grant Department Store and has been retired since 1968. She had developed many long-lasting friendships over the ensuing years and volunteered assistance and comfort to many who were homebound and in need. She spent her most recent months in the assisted living care of Elim Park Baptist home Funeral arrangements are with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. The Reverend Louise Higginbotham, Interim Pastor at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bethany will officiate. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 14, 2008 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at Beecher & Bennett, 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 15, 2008 with interment at Beaverdale Memorial Park in Hamden.

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  1. Aunt Ester.you have always been a special lady in my life. I quote the following.. God looked around His garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew you were suffering, He knew you were in pain He knew that you would never get well on Earth again. He saw the roads were getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, .Peace be thine.. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.. I was never one for saying the right thing but this quote says it all. Love Bobbie

  2. I remember her mostly from when I was a little kid. Her eyes always lit up when she smiled and I always knew it was a real smile. Then I didn’t see her for many, many years. Of course she had aged, but when I did get to see her again, there were those beautiful eyes of her’s lighting up and sparkling like always when she smiled at me. I am so sorry for your loss and wished I could’ve come back there. Love, Noel

  3. My deepest sympathy ….. I’ll always hold fond memories of Esther and Stella sharing times when mom was alive. Our hope for eternal life sees them together again with deceased members of their family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you…

  4. So sorry for your loss of such a wonderful lady. We were glad to have met her and experience her good nature and kind words as part of your family gatherings. The loss will run deep, but the happy memories will remain in your hearts forever. She may be gone from this world, but lives forever spiritually and deep within your souls.

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