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Barbara Jane O'Donnell

September 14, 1933April 22, 2018
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Barbara O’Donnell died on Sunday, April 22 in the presence of her loving family. Barbara was born in Danbury, Connecticut on September 14, 1933, the daughter of the late Robert J. and Judith Dikeman Durkin. She attended Danbury schools before starting her career as a bank teller. She met her future husband Joseph O’Donnell in nearby Bethel CT. They were happily married until his death in 1998.

Barbara enjoyed a full, rewarding life spending time with her family and friends. She was a kind woman of exceptional character who was caring and generous to everyone she met in life. Barbara had a successful long-term career at the Savings Bank of Danbury. She was well liked and respected by her colleagues. Barbara was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peter’s church. After retirement she traveled and volunteered her time for the American Cancer Society and at St. Peter Church Rectory.

Barbara is survived by her three children: Joseph (Marcia) of Kent, Robert (Kellie) of New Milford, and Diane (Craig) of Maryland and her sister Marylou Staffieri of Danbury. She is also survived by many loving grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Bethel VNA or to Regional Hospice. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Cohenuram and his staff, the Bethel visiting nurses, and the Regional Hospice nurses for their loving care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on Thursday April 26th at St. Peter Church, Danbury. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel.

The family will receive friends at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury on Wednesday April 25th from 5 PM to 7 PM.

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  • FAMILY

  • She met her future husband Joseph O’Donnell in Bethel CT. They were happily married until his death in 1998.

    Barbara is survived by her three children: Joseph (Marcia) of Kent, Robert (Kellie) of New Milford, and Diane (Craig) of Maryland and her sister Marylou Staffieri of Danbury. She is also survived by many loving grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • Burial

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

Memories

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Greg O'Brien

April 25, 2018

Dear Marylou,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your beautiful sister, Barbara was an amazing woman full of all things wonderful. I was honored to know Barb for many years and I recall so many fun times where there was never a shortage of laughter. Some things may have changed over the years, but the dynamic duo of Barb & Marylou always added so much to every O’Donnell family gathering and I have been blessed to be a part of those wonderful times.

Barb’s humor, kindness and generous spirit shall remain with you always. It is time to truly celebrate her incredible life and from this day forward, the stars will forever shine brighter!

I hope that countless memories of love & laughter will carry you through this very difficult time. I also hope that this poem will offer you some comfort.

Most sincerely,
Greg

You Just Need To Look
By Greg O’Brien

When a loved one has left us, it’s not really goodbye
because, they’ve left us with an abundance of
memories and love that will only grow stronger in time

They will be by your side, holding your hand
and smiling as you walk along

Throughout each day, they will help you find
the strength and the courage you need to move on

They will not want you to be sad for what you don’t have
but instead, to be happy and thankful for all you had

When a loved one has left us, it’s not really goodbye
because, in every sunbeam, moon glow,
raindrop and rainbow, you will find them

You just need to look

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