In Branford, March 24, 2010, Surrounded by her family, Jean E. Barker 83, of Eldridge St., New Haven passed away peacefully. Wife of John E. Barker Sr. for 63 years. Loving mother of Carolyn (James) Stephenson of Madison; John (Lynn) Barker Jr. of New Haven; Thomas (Betsy) Barker Sr. of Hamden; Janet (Robert) Baldino of Woodstock; Michelle (Michael) Calini of Clinton; and Leslie (David) Crescenzi of New Haven. Sister of Myra (Leroy) Schrump of Pomfret; Sister-in-law of Jean (Walter) Hanley; Walter (Dotty) Barker, William (Gloria) Elliott, and the late Donald (Norma) Barker, Frank (Jean) Elliott. Predeceased by a sister Lois (Harold) Ivey of Madison. Also survived by her cherished grandchildren Christopher Stephenson; Caitlin, Rebecca, and Thomas Jr. Barker; Danielle, Juliana, Jeremy, and Nathan Calini; Jenni, Stephanie, and Robert Jr. Baldino; Joshua Crescenzi; great grandchildren Alyssa, and Grayson Stephenson, and many nieces and nephews. Jean was born in New Haven, CT on April 6, 1926, daughter of the late Harry and Amy Wengolin. Jean attended Benjamin Jepson Elementary School, Fair Haven Middle School (as well as all of her children) and Hillhouse High School before attending the University of Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in textile design. Jean was devoted to her husband and raising their children. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren, whether during a visit or watching them in their many school, athletic, and musical activities. In her later years she was active with the Committee on Aging for the City of New Haven and received the State's Public Service Award for her commitment at the polls during the elections. Jean was an avid camper. She spent many summers at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Days were spent on the beach and swimming, and the evenings were spent around the campfire. An avid quilter and sewer, Jean always had her handwork with her. She worked on the New Haven Bicentennial Quilt which included a quilted block of the historic family home. She also enjoyed taking short drives around the state to see the local sites. She always said that 'she was truly blessed' by her family, but it was her family that was blessed. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8:00pm at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or the Robin I. Kroogman Animal Shelter in New Haven, CT.

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  1. John and I wish to extend our sympathy to your family. Dave Lesley and Joshua always remember to keep your memories close to your heart. Sincerely-

  2. To the whole Barker family, May our thoughts and prayers help you heal in this time of sorrow.

  3. Dear Family, I was extremely saddened by your loss. Jean was a wonderful woman and I remember fun times with my parents and me while I was growing up. I have fond childhood memories of her . My sympathy to her family. – Lenny Iaquinto

  4. I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. May you lean on each other to help you deal with this difficult time. One of my fondest memories is the family gathering–the Easter egg hunts–at your historic family home. I remember Aunt Jean would bake delicious hot cross buns from scratch and Uncle Jack would make home-made root beer. The location of the home was perfect for the hunt and family gathering. Also, I remember Aunt Jean’s sewing skills, and I enjoyed when I got a chance to spent the night, sharing a bed, and sharing in the life of your big family. I know it is very difficult for you, too, Uncle Jack. Billie

  5. To the Barker Family. I am so sorry to hear about your Wife & Mother’s passing. The world has lost another .Angel.. I will always remember the wonderful person she was. How her smile could light up a room. I never saw her without it. She was so caring, loving & giving. Anything you needed she was always there to lend a hand. She & my Mom were so close, She was in a lot of ways like a second Mom. I will truly miss her. My deepest sympathy to all of you. To my .little Sis. Leslie, you know where to find me if you need anything. I Love you Sis.

  6. Aunt Carolyn, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. Love, Jason, Cyndi, Jack, & Tyler

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