In New Haven, August 26, 2007, Hazel-Jane Patterson, 69 of West Haven. Mother of Kathy Castellani and her husband Tom and Jamie Collins and Sharon, she is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, brothers Bub (Donna), Fred ( Jo), Glenn (Aldora) and John (Becky) Thackeray, sister Joyce Ann Shank and beloved friends Evelyn Burwell, Tracie and Tony Crouse and Michael Guiliano. She was predeceased by sister Carolyn Nally and brother Paul Thackeray. Born in New Haven July 18, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Hazel Pelham and James White. She was a member of the American Legion and was a square dance caller for Tiny Tornados & Teens. She was employed by the USPS in New Haven as a Phileatic Salesclerk, retiring in 1997 after 33 years. Funeral Service Friday, August 31, 2007 at 1 p.m. at The First Congregational Church in West Haven. Friends may call Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven. Memorial Contributions in her memory can be sent to National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut, Inc., 2139 Silas Deane Hwy Ste. 208, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-2339.

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  1. Cathy,Jamie and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you find comfort knowing that there is no more suffering. Time doesn’t lessen the pain you are feeling it only changes it. I miss my mom every day, but knowing we will be together some day helps. Your mom was a good person and helped alot of others. God Speed Aunt Hazel Love, Maggie

  2. Dear Kat, I am so sorry to hear abouit your mother’s passing. My prayers are for you and your family. If you ever need anything, let me know. I am here for you. You are in my heart.

  3. Dear Kat, I know as this hoiday comes near you think of your mom more anr more, just to let you know I’m thinking of her also,may help. She was a good person with a heart of gold and tried to make every one happy espically this time of year. I will never forget her she will always be in my heart. Love you

  4. Dear Kat, I know it’s only been one year since Moms gone but I wanted to let you know she will never be forgotten and never will be. She was a GRAND LADY and I was proud to know her. She did a lot for a lot of pepole in her time,but God needed her home. Now Gladys is yelling at her,lol. Her and Mike are haveing thier coffee together again. Try not to be to sad,But remember the Good Times you did have with her I still miss her alot and always will. LOVE YOU ALWAYS

  5. Dear Kat, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know you will miss her alot. Please know I’ll be thinking of you, and if I can be of help, please let me know. Your Friend of 11 years, Tom…Love ya

  6. Dear Kat; As peace has now come to your Mom, I hope it comes to you and your family in your memories of her. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Love Pat

  7. Dear Kathy and Jamie, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I have so many memories of life with Hazel. I have known you guys forever, and will always remember,with love and admiration, the lady I shared my birthday with. Hazel, I love you and will miss you. Say Hi to my mom.

  8. Dear Kathy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I was just thinking about Hazel the other day and wondering how she was doing! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always. Love, Lynne

  9. God’s greatest gift is LOVE. Even when do not understand HIS Wisdom, and Divine Intervention it is still filled with LOVE. Always remember the sweet, sweet memories We love you

  10. Hazel touched my life briefly for a little more than 2 years. We shared many happy and troublesome experiences together and somehow always rose above the hardest of times. Even though we didn’t share along time together it seemed we knew each other a long time! We brightened each others days and kept on plugging along. I will miss my great friend more than I can say in words. God had brought us together and I will miss Hazel for many years to come but am glad that God has taken her home so she does not have to suffer. I look forward to seeing her again in the future! I love you Hazel and God be with you!

  11. HI KATHY , THIS WAS A GREAT IDEA FIRST TIME I EVER SAY THIS GONNA SEND TO FAM .YOU KNOW MY LOVE IS WITH EVERYONE JUST WISH I COULD BE THERE LOVE TO ALL LOVE KATHI MULLEN

  12. I liked your mom from the fist time I met her. She seemed tough on the outside, but she was very soft and caring on the inside. Before her surgery I called her in the hospital and told what a good person I thought she was. Thank you for including me.

  13. I love you sis you will be in my heart forever.I love you your little brother.We will see each other again.Say hi to Paul and Carolyn.

  14. I WAS SORRY TO HEAR THAT HAZEL HAD PASSED AWAY, ME AND MY FATHER KNEW HER FOR MANY YEARS AND SHE WAS A GREAT PERSON AND I KNOW FROM EXPERIANCE WHAT IT IS TO LOSE A PARENT IT IS VERY HARD AND YOU WILL DEAL WITH ALL KINDS OF EMOTIONS FOR MONTHS,BUT YOU JUST HAVE TO REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES AND KEEP THEM IN YOUR HEART FOREVER. ANTHONY&LINDA WESTMAN.

  15. Im so sorry for your loss Kat, My heart goes out to you and your family. If you need anything, Please dont hesitate to contact me. Your friend always, Bev

  16. Jamie & Katie You have my sincere thoughts & my Heart goes out two you both on the lost of your Beloved Mother.

  17. Kat, I’m sorry about your Mom. I knew my Mom was going and I thought I was prepared, but it still breaks your heart. Your Friend, Norm

  18. Kat, So sorry to hear about your mothers’ passing. I know for the past few years you and Tom had been a significant resource of help and caring to her. My spiritual thoughts are with you….. Butch Z.

  19. Kat, Tom & Tommy, we are very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Mom and Charles.

  20. KAT,TOM AND TOMMY. JUST A LITTLE OVER A MONTH HAS GONE BY SINCE MOM’S DEATH I STILL CAN’T BELEIVE THAT SHE’S GONE. HER MEMORIE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. SHE WILL SURELY BE MISSED BY ALL WHO HAD THE SPECIAL PRIVLAGE TO KNOW HER. ILOVED HER LIKE A MOM AND MY KIDS LOVED LIKE A GRANDMOTHER. I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH AND IKNOW THAT WE WILL BE FOREVER FRIENDS AND FAMILY. LOVE ALWAYS TRACIE AND FAMILY.

  21. Kat: Time goes by so fast. Here it is over a month aready that your mom has been gone,but it dosen’t seem that long. The pain dose get eaiser but less,I know as you will find out. Each of us shows it in different ways but it still hurts us the same. Just remember I’m here if you need me LOVE YA

  22. Kathy and Jamie, Sorry for the loss of your mom. Her pain and suffering are now over. If you need me you know where I am. Even if it is across the street! Hackleys

  23. Kathy, Jamie and family, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Take comfort in knowing that now she is at peace and in a place with no pain. With deepest sympathies. Kim and family

  24. Kathy, Tom and Tommy, My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this very difficult time. My thoughts are with you. Please always remember that your friends are here for you.

  25. MOM, TWO WEEKS HAVE PASSED YOUR ASHES ARE GONE, ONLY YOUR NAME TO CARRY ON. YOUR IN MY HEART FOREVER TO BE AND YOU AND YOUR SPIRIT FOREVER ARE FREE !!!!! .I DO LOVE YOU MORE. LOVE KAT

  26. My dearest friend Kat I am so sorry for the loss you & Jamie are going through. My heart is with you and your family’s. Hazel was one of the coolest mom’s around, the way she would always let everyone hang out at your house when we were teens. My fondest memory is when you and I thought we were pulling a quick one over on your mom and we had a quart of Colt 45 and we were drinking it in the attic and we hid the bottle between the mattress of a hide-a-way bed. We than went out and got in the car and waited for her to come out and take us to the bowling alley. She came outside with a big smile on her face swinging that bottle of Colt 45 in her hand and tossed it into the dumpster. We couldn’t believe we got caught. If I remember correctly she said nothing happens that I don’t know about. Your mom was awesome. I’m very thankful I had a chance to see her last time I came home. Take care my friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Forever friends, Kitty Kitty

  27. My fondest memory of Gram would be Going to Hamden Toy’s R US on Sundays and her buying me a Match Box Car Just because John had one too 🙂 My other favorite memory was going to get her slippers up in her room on Christmas upset i didn’t get a key board and there it was on her bed 🙂

  28. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. I THANK AND LOVE HER SO MUCH FOR BEING THERE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY NO MATTER WHAT.WE WILL MISS HER.

  29. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family and friends, and we loved Hazel as if she was our own sister. Peace and Love, Charlie & Barry Evelyn.s Brother and Brother-in-law

  30. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family and friends, and we loved Hazel as if she was our own sister. Peace and Love, Charlie & Barry Evelyn.s Brother and Brother-in-law

  31. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, we know that now Hazel is in a place with no more pain….who knows… she might be giving my mom (her sister) hell for going before her! But at least now they both are in a carefree place now and do what ever they want to do….maybe they have a casino/slots place where the two of them can place all the bets they want to be, cause I know my mom is positivly playing those slots if they have them up there… and not risking the chance of wasting all her funds!! LOL I hope they both are having a good reunion!! Love to all of you and things will be a little easier to handle soon enough , but in till then try and think of positive things about Hazel and cherish them all! Love to all of you Love Bev and Michael Higgins

  32. SHE WAS A GOOD FRIEND TO ALL WHO KNEW HER,AND SHE WILL BE MISSED BY THEM WHO LOVED HER THE MOST.I WILL MISS HER VERY MUCH .

  33. SIS, YOU HAD MY HEART AND NOW MY SOLE I.LL NEVER EVER AGAIN BE WHOLE. WE SHARED OUR BLOOD OUR LAUGHTER AND TEARS AND NO ONE BUT YOU KNEW ALL MY FEARS. THE TIES WERE STRONG I CAN’T EXPLAIN BUT I KNOW NOW IT WON’T BE THE SAME. I MISS YOUR SIS MY HEART IS SORE THE DAYS FLY BY I MISS YOU MORE. LOVE YOUR BIG BROTHER BUB

  34. Sympathy to all the family. Goodbye and may you rest in peace my old friend….it was an honor to be your Doctor over so many years. Vazrick Mansourian

  35. The Staff at Milford Dialysis want to express our condolences on the loss of your Mom. Hazel was a character and always had a smile or a joke to share no matter how ill she was. The staff and the patients really miss her. She was a pleasure to know. Judy Groleau R.N. Clinical Manager

  36. Thoughts and prayer our with you and your family as you all have been there for so long for mine with deepest symapthy, Maria & Andrew

  37. TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FAMILY FRIENDS, I LOVE YOU ALL!!! GRAM YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED!! YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND IN MY HEART!!

  38. To Hazel-Jane’s family, I would like to express my very deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. I met Hazel a little over 50 years ago. I knew her brother. I knew him as Fred, she referred to him as Bub. We met when he was in the Navy and we were at a roller skating rink in New Haven. He, my cousin, and I became friends. When Fred went back to his tour of duty in the Navy, Hazel and I used to talk on the phone frequently. I spoke with her and her aunt, Mrs. White, when they lived in West Haven. Hazel had a wonderful sense of humor and made me laugh. We would run into each other through the years, catch up on family, and talk about the past. I don’t even know if Fred would remember me from the skating rink but I wanted him to know how much I thought of Hazel and was deely saddened by her passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  39. To Hazel’s family, I want to express my most heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Although I only knew Hazel for about 10 months, she always made me feel very welcome and appreciated and like a part of your family. Every week, I looked forward to seeing and helping you guys out on Tuesdays. It never felt like a .job. to me. I will always remember Hazel for her honesty, dry wit,her unique sense of humor-but especially for her deep love of her family and friends. Although she never took anything from anyone, she always had a good heart and was willing to help anybody. Thankfully, she is at peace now and free from pain and suffering. She will be greatly missed and I will always remember her fondly. With much love and sympathy, her Tuesday .friend.. With love and respect, Cindy Fusco

  40. we are so sorry to hear about MOM.loved her like my own. i was scared of her at first,cause she yell. but found out she has a great heart.I’ll miss her alot. if you need anything just let me know. my love is with you ALL. I’ll keep you all in my prayer. love Dinky

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