Jean C. Haglind, age 80, of Hamden passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in the Hospital of St. Raphael. Wife of James B. Haglind, Jean is also survived by her daughters, Barbara Haglind of Raymond, NH, LeAnn Beland and her husband James of Wolcott and Carol Caruso and her husband Thomas of White Plains, NY. In addition to her daughters, Jean is also survived by 3 grandchildren, a sister Lois Zimmerschied and her husband Philip of Alexandria, MN and a brother Lloyd Washburn and his wife Marilyn of Isle, MN. A daughter of the late Carl and Jenny Solie Washburn, Jean was born in Minneapolis, MN on April 17, 1930. She had been employed in the billing dept. at Diagnostic Medical Lab in Branford. A long time member of Christ Lutheran Church, Jean held various board level positions in the Lutheran Church Women's organization, including president and, most recently, as the treasurer. Her community service included being a Brownie leader with the Girl Scouts, a tutor and tutor trainer in the Literacy Volunteers program, a member of Gideons International and the Scandinavian Women's Chorus of CT. Jean also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, Scrabble and Bridge. Friends may visit with her family on Monday, August 30, 2010 from 4-7 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden and are invited to go directly to Christ Lutheran Church on Tuesday at 10 AM to attend her Funeral Service. Interment will be private. Contributions in Jean's memory may be made to Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund- 600 Shepard Ave, Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. We’ve lost a sweet lady. She was a faithful member of NECABA, and fulfilled all her duties well. I only saw her twice a year, but I did enjoy being with her. She will be sorely missed, and I send my sincerest sympathy to her dear husband. Rita Walker

  2. Jean was a lovely person. Such a pleasure to know her. Our love to Jim and Jean’s family. May the sweetest sounding bells ring for her.

  3. Jean was always such a nice person! She made bell meetings enjoyable with her smiling face. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Dear Leann and family, Your mom and (dad) are two of the kindest people we have ever met.We are blessed to have the Haglinds be a part of our lives. You shall all be in our prayers today and all the days ahead. Love, Patty, Phil, and Liz

  5. I am so sorry I am not able to travel on such short notice to attend my dearly departed friend Mrs. Haglind services. I wish that I learned of her passing much sooner so I could have made arrangements to attend her funeral. Mrs. Haglind was my champion for many years. She introduced me to her church and took me there every Sunday until I left home at an unfortunate age. When I was hospitalized, she came to visit me and brought me sweets. She also offered her home to me when I had very few options where to go. I stayed with Mrs. Haglind and her family for several months. I will never forget all the .intense. scrabble games we all use to play. I will never forget her wonderful laugh when she put down a big word and beat me again. Mrs. Haglind and I had a wonderfully close relationship for many years until I moved away. Although I was not always able to see her, whenever I was in Connecticut, I would always come visit her. We both shared a love of Italian food whether it was pizza or the delicious spaghetti with clam sauce at the 95 House. We also shared our mutual love for UCONN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL. She was so excited for me that I got to see UCONN win the regional finals in Dayton, OH, close to my home. I called her during the half time and she said .she was looking for where we were sitting.. I am so saddened to lose one of my dearest friends. I can now only hope that she is my newest guardian angel along with my mother, father, and best friend. I am just relieved that she is not suffering any longer with her hip disease and other ailments that afflicted her. Mrs. Haglind was one of a kind. I want to thank her family for taken such care of such a loving and vibrant human being. She will always make me smile as she has made so many others do the same. I called her Mrs. Haglind because I started calling her it when I was ten years old. Rest in Peace and thank you for being my friend for all those years. 🙂

  6. We are sorry for the loss of our friend of many years. Jean (and Jim) greeted and welcomed us as newcomers to New Haven 50 years ago. This started a life-long connection that continued even though we moved away 40 years ago. Jean always delighted in coming to the shore on the 4th of July for a shore dinner at the cottage which we rented for our Connecticut vacations. Even when she couldn’t manage walking on sand, we sat together overlooking Long Island Sound. She always had a new game for us to try when we visited in Hamden and always, always extended hospitality to us. We offer our condolences to all of the family. Sincerely, Lynne and Jack

  7. Aunt Jean was a very visual person, needing to SEE my new house when I moved in 1995. While she was a long distance away physically, we spent a couple of years in very close communication while my mom didn’t have email and I .needed. a mom through some very rough times. Jean’s favorite hobby must have been eating, because whenever we visited her she would take us to the best restraunts, and she always knew them. She also knew the best restraunts in our area. Aunt Jean is a special and very giving person and I will miss her much.

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