Helen Sheffer Barnett of North Haven, CT, and Harpswell, ME, beloved wife of John W. Barnett, and cherished sister of Louise M. Knight,, died January 8, 2008 in the presence of her family. Born in Harpswell September 24, 1930, she received her degree from Gorham State Teachers College. While teaching for Mobil Oil in Venezuela she met and married her late husband, Norman L. Sheffer, with whom she has three children: Scott Kendall Sheffer, of Portland, ME, Samanthe Knight Sheffer of Seattle, WA, and Gregory Mark Sheffer of San Francisco, CA. Helen enjoyed a second career as a title searcher, was an enthusiastic volunteer at both CT Hospice and Creative Arts Workshop, and was a member of The New Haven Lawn Club and the New Haven Garden Club. She was an avid tennis player, a passionate supporter of the arts and, as her friends well know, loved a good party. Nothing gave her more joy than traveling with her husband and family and spending time at her childhood home in Maine. Helen will continue to be appreciated for her energetic and playful spirit, lively sense of humor, and a lifelong ability to make lasting friendships. Her presence will be most deeply missed by her immediate family, including Greg's wife Heidi Sheffer, as well as John's children Elizabeth, John and Priscilla, and his eight grandchildren. A celebration of Helen's life will be held this Saturday, January 12, 2008, at 2:00 at The Church of the Redeemer, on the corner of Whitney Avenue and Cold Spring Street in New Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510, (203) 562-4927, or Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880, (203) 221-4030. Arrangements under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Dear Samantha, Greg and his wife and Scott, John and his family, My thoughts are with all of you. Helen was a very special person, beautiful in every way, funny and so smart. She was such a good friend to me. My late husband Allen loved her also and how he loved to tease her. My heart aches for you all. I am in Minnesota and cannot be at the service but my thoughts, tears and sense of celebration of a wonderful woman will be with you. xoxoxoxoxoxo Lucy

  2. Helen and her first husband Norm were close friends many years ago in Anaco, Venezuela. Over the years I lost contact with Helen. It is very sad to here of her death. My condolence to her family.

  3. Helen was a member of my Tuesday morning tennis group. I didn’t know her very well, but was struck by her bouyant spirit and sense of joy in life. We will all miss her very much.

  4. I want to send my deepest sympathy to Helen’s family. My mother, Maria Sollitto was one of Helen’s very best friends and we have such fond memories. She will be missed by all! You are in our thoughts and prayers and I know my parents will be there Saturday. My best, Rossana Sollitto Leeper

  5. Our sympathy, our love and prayers are with you, John. We are so sorry that physically we cannot be with you, but we will be with you in spirit. Peg and Roland Bixler

  6. TO ALL OF HELENS FAMILY I AM MARRIED TO CHARLES ANDERSON COUSIN OF JOHN BARNETT WE BOTH FEEL SO LUCKY WE GOT TO MEET AND ENJOY HELEN MARCH 2006 AND ANOTHER VISIT AND FUN MARCH 2007 SHE WAS A JOY TO BE AROUND SINCERELY EULAMAE AND CHARLES ANDERSON

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