May 23, 1955 – November 26, 2018
Barbara Tsipouras (63) died peacefully in her home Monday, November 26, 2018 after a long battle with adenoid cystic carcinoma. Barbara was born on May 23, 1955 in Torrington, daughter of Joseph and Henrietta Palach. She is survived by her husband Petros, her son Alexandros, brother Henry Palach and wife Elaine, sister Diane Skoczylas and husband Bill, niece Kristin Palach and husband Shawn Witt, and nephews Michael Skoczylas and Bryan Skoczylas. Barbara lived a meaningful and highly productive life fueled by her insatiable curiosity and joie de vivre. Her professional endeavors ranged from being an ICU nurse at Waterbury Hospital to a senior administrator at the University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital to Human Resources Director at Ikonisys, Inc., and finally becoming a health and wellness coach. In the process, she touched the lives of many people helping them as a caregiver, manager, or colleague. Barbara was goal oriented, and an exacting task master, as many will attest, but her intelligence, compassion, kindness, and acceptance of other people’s opinions and feelings were the key elements underlying her professional success. All these elements were present during the last twelve years when she battled an incurable malignancy, adenoid cystic carcinoma. Barbara approached her illness with the fierce determination of a fighter, and she never allowed it to take control of her life. Barbara left with no regrets, she travelled extensively in all five continents, met interesting and exciting people, read widely, was always surrounded by wonderful friends, and raised an amazing son. Hers was a life well lived!
Visiting hours will be held at Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Road, Madison on Thursday, November 29, 2018 5-7 pm. The funeral service will held at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Barbara, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Barbara’s name to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation www.accrf.org/take-action/donate/
- Calling Hours Thursday, November 29, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, November 30, 2018
December 3, 2018
Sorry to hear about Barbara's passing. I had the pleasure of working for her at Ikonisys, Inc. She was the ultimate professional and a very nice person to work for . She was a very nice person and it was a pleasure to have met her and to work for her.
Paul F. Silverio
November 30, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a regular customer at Foodworks for many years and I always enjoyed my conversations with her.
My condolences to her family.
November 30, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. She was an amazing woman. I had the pleasure to have Barbara as a client, and I was able to really get to know her. She is one of the strongest people I know. My heart is with Petros and Alexandros. You are in my prayers.