Jean V. Winch, age 75, of Hamden, passed away on May 29, 2011 at the Masonic Hospice Care Center in Wallingford. Born in New Haven on November 14, 1935, she was the daughter of the late John & Lillian Barrie Verdyck. Jean is survived by her daughters, Debra Whitney & her husband Thomas of Germany and Patricia Winch of Torrington; her son, Michael Winch & his wife Ann of Cheshire; her brother Richard Verdyck of Florida and her grandchildren, Joshua Whitney, Lindsay Daoudi, Garrett Whitney, Daniel Whitney, Conor Winch, Emily Winch & Zachary Winch. Jean is also survived by 3 Great Grandchildren. Jean was a retired manager at Southern New England Telephone Co. Friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Friday, June 3rd at 10:00 AM in Grace & St. Peters Episcopal Church, 2925 Dixwell Ave, Hamden. Friends are also invited to remain after the service and visit with her family at the church. Jean's interment will be held privately with her family. Contributions in Jean's memory may be made to Masonic Home Health Care & Hospice, 33 North Plains Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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  1. Mike and family, May your sadness be eased by knowing your mom now rests in eternal peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  2. Dear Debbie, Patti, & Mike, Words cannot express the sadness and sorrow we feel for you and your families. We have never met anyone that was as gentle, kind, and loving as Jean. We will miss her and her wonderful words of wisdom and acceptance. She will be in our thoughts and prayers forever and I know we will see her again some day. I know how painful toady and every day will be without her, and nothing will fill that void, but the memories you all share can never be forgotten and will remain in your hearts for the rest of your lives. We wish you all smiles and happy thoughts of Jean, that is what she would want for all of you.

  3. Dear Debbie, Patti, and Michael, Please accept Alinda’s and my condolences upon the death of your mother, Jean. She was always herself and no one else. The world will not see her like again soon. It is a terrible loss for you. May God grant you strength and peace in the days and months ahead. In Christ’s love, Bevan Stanley

  4. Debbie,Mike,Patty, Your mom was one of the best people I have ever known. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to have considered her a best friend.She was always there for everyone no matter what they needed.I will never forget all she did for me personally and my family as well.The last words she spoke to me were to remember all the laughing and good times we had.I can’t seem to do that yet as losing her is too painful. She made me a better person and will have a place in my heart next to my own mom as well.I truly believe she is at peace and is as much of an angel in heaven as she was here on earth.I will never forget her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families,you were her pride and joy.God Bless You all during this very sad time. Liz,Bob and Samantha Alberino

  5. May the memories you hold dear sustain now and the coming months. Jean was a wonderful, kind and loving lady. She will be missed. Love and Prayers, Donna DeGroot Copeland

  6. Michael,Debbie,Patti and Dick, There are no words to describe the sadness we feel. Jean was not our neighbor she was part of our family. We will always miss her and hold wonderful memories of her in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Rick,Annette and our family. (Cognac too)

  7. Mike, Patty, Debbie & your entire families, I can only begin to feel your lost. Jean was a truly special person. I know how much I’ll miss my visits to Plains Rd. for a cup of tea and always something sweet to eat. We would talk for hours about everything and anything. She was a dear and gentle soul. I could tell at times she was hurting, but she hardly ever complained. Rest quietly you dear wonderful lady, you are greatly loved.

  8. To Jean’s Family We had the good fortune of working with Jean for many years at SNET. She touched our lives with her kindness, humor, and ability to make everyone feel special. Always a top salesperson, always the best at customer service and always a joy to be around. Most importantly, we always knew how very much she loved all of you. Susan Noyes & Fred Bennetto

  9. As cousins in the 40s Jean & I were very close. Warmest memories of Aunt Bub & family on Walnut Ave. Jean was a happy, positive child & for the rest of her life exhibited that wonderful smile that lit up her face & gave you a view into her heart. Always anxious to reach out & help she was an inspiration to so many. She will be missed but we celebrate her journey to a .better place.

  10. dear debbie,mike and patty, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. she was a wonderful,kind and gentle person who always had a smile for everyone. she was a fine model of a christian woman,mother and friend who will most certainly be missed. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. sue

  11. Dear Debby, Mike and Patty, Thinking of you during these difficult days. Your Mom was a great friend and neighbor who was always concerned about everyone. We will miss her very much. Irene Meyer,Karen MacVeigh, Jackie Grant

  12. Dear Mike and family, Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mom. May she rest in peace.

  13. I am at a loss for adequate words to express my sadness for your loss. I had the blessed opportunity of knowing your mom and I know heaven just received one of the most special angels. We had lots of fun playing poker and what a poker player she was. She was such an amazing person and will be missed greatly. Leslie Rosello

  14. Dear Debbie, Mike, and Patty, Words cannot express my sorrow in the loss of such a remarkable woman. She truly enriched the lives of every one she knew. We are all blessed in having had such a true friend in our lives. I can still hear the phone ring with Jean on the other end saying .Tell your Mom to put the kettle on, I’m coming over.! Wherever my travels take me, I will always hear that voice, and it will always keep me close to home.

  15. To the Winch family, Your mom was my lunch monitor in 6th grade at M.L.Keefe. What a delightful woman! Imagine my surprise when I found out I worked with .Mrs. Winch.. I enjoyed your mom SO much. She was as outstanding a worker as she was a person. We were lucky to have her as a co-worker and friend. You were blessed to have her as a mom and grandmother. Tom Ney

  16. I hadn’t seen your mom in quite a while and did not know she was ill.Was saddened to read of her death. My sincere sympathy to you all.

  17. Debbie, Mike, Patty, Dick, I remember when Jean moved in next door. I was 11 and she was about 21 and newly married. Jean became part of our family. We watched her kids grow up and she was like another daughter to my parents Burt and Melba whom she talked with or visited with nearly every day. We miss her terribly and want you all to know how much we loved her to this day. Our deepest sympathy to all of you and yours, Toasty and Doug

  18. Jeannie was not only a great mother, she was the best kind of neighbor anyone could wish for. Funny, loving, concerned for all, she’s woven into our family’s history and memories. I remember the time she fell through her front door-it was minus the glass-leaning forwrd, trying to see next door who our sister had a date with. She laughed every time she told that story. About 30 years ago, she gave me one of her beloved Hummels. I think of her every time I look at it, and always will. Love, Sandy

  19. To Jean’s family I was a classmate of Jean in West Haven High and then in Hamden we were PTA officers at Church street school many yrs later-knew her so many years. She also worked at SNET with my husband -seemed like I have lost a good friend even though I live in FL and lost touch the last few years I will never forget good times in High School and later years-very sorry for your loss of a good lady. Mary Nowak and family

  20. Dear Debbie, Michael, Patty and your families – Rich and I were so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She, and your entire family, were an integral part of our family as we all grew up. I fondly remember so many warm summer nights sitting on your front porch or playing ball out in the road! And oh, how I loved her .blonde brownies/congo bars. and to this day cannot see one without thinking of her! I am thankful and grateful for all the wonderful memories of my childhood growing up next to your family. Jean will be greatly missed; she was one of a kind. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and love you all. Fondly, Rich and Linda Miller

  21. Dear Mike, Patty, and Debbie, Jean was a special person in our lives. She helped us with a kind heart and was always willing to listen. Dave and she would always flirt with each other and he called her his .babe.. The last time I saw her was at a church tag sale. I was with my daughter and grandaughter and Jean being Jean was gushing over the baby. I was at another sale this past weekend and I kept thinking that I saw her, I certainly felt her spirit. We will miss her very much.

  22. To Jeannie’s Family, I was so fortunate to have had a wonderful visit with Jeannie in April. She had a warmth & genuine kindness that made everyone want to smile. Celebrate Jeannie’s life, as it was a great one!

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