OBITUARY

Barbara C. Peterson

January 24, 1940April 28, 2019

Barbara Cromwell (Quinn) Peterson, of Old Saybrook, passed away on April 28, 2019. She was born on January 24, 1940, in Washington, DC, the daughter of Arthur Hobson Quinn Jr. and Constance Cromwell (Jones) Quinn.

Barbara graduated from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr PA; attended Wheaton College for 2 years; graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority) with a BA in English; and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a MLS.

She had many interests and activities including reading, music, singing, the theater, watching old movies, telling stories, raising rabbits as pets, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. Barbara worked in many libraries in her life, including Main Street School in Old Saybrook; East Hampton and Colchester Junior High schools; Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook; and she was Director of the Prospect Town Library for many years where she was adored by the patrons and children. Barbara is survived by her daughter Karen Rutledge and her husband Michael of Haddam; sister Constance Holth of Lyme; beloved grandchildren Michael, Andrew and Sean Rutledge; niece Christina Holth and her husband Jon Mosey; nephew Thor Holth, his wife Jennifer and their children Owen and Charlie; former husband Jon Peterson; as well as many friends and cousins. Barbara's family would like to thank the Middlesex Health Cancer Center and the Middlesex Health Hospice Unit for their kindness and dedication during her cancer journey. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 10th from 5-8pm at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 11:00 am in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Middlesex Health Cancer Center, 536 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, CT 06457.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Jude Vosnick

May 11, 2019

Barbara and I go way back ... to before Karen was born. Our husbands were in the Navy reserve together ... and so we met! We spent many weekends together back in the days . Sharing meals together, watching Chill Billy Late Night Movies together in Pittsburgh, sharing plans for the new house they were building. We eventually built the same house, using their plans, in Saxonburg PA.

And then there were three! Baby Karen arrived. When Jon and Barb had plans for a day or a weekend where they needed to be away, little Karen stayed with us. Eventually our little girl arrived too and then there were four! We had some wonderful times together . I have wonderful memories of those times.

My husband, Frank, passed away about six years ago.

Karen, your mom would send me pictures of your beautiful family. She so enjoyed her family.

I will miss our annual Christmas news letters. Maybe Barb and Frankie will renew old times together some day soon.

I'm really sorry you lost your mom and your boys lost their grandma.

God bless, Jude

Barbara Smith

May 9, 2019

I worked with Barbara for seven years. She enjoyed helping all the patrons find the books and information they wanted and needed. She loved telling stories to the children and was such a good sport she even kissed a pig. Barb loved music, theater and especially her family. She will be missed.

John Wiehn

May 2, 2019

Mrs. Peterson at the Prospect Library

In her honor the Prospect Library has lowered the flag outside the Prospect Library to half staff in her honor.....

John Wiehn

May 2, 2019

Mrs. Peterson at the Prospect Library

John Wiehn

May 2, 2019

Mrs. Peterson at the Prospect Library

Emily Boucher

May 1, 2019

I met Barb nearly 8 years ago when my family moved to her neighborhood. As a new librarian, she became a mentor and true friend. We also soon discovered a mutual love of gardening and spent many afternoons chatting about books and flowers. My family will greatly miss her good cheer and hilarious sense of humor. Her furry pal, Sophie, will also miss her.

Eleanor Boruch

April 30, 2019

I met Barb in 1994 when she hired me to help at the Prospect Public Library, where she was the director. She not only enjoyed books but she enjoyed our patrons. Her children's programs were always filled to capacity. There was finger paint, sparkles, glue and kits of every kind and the children were delighted to take home their treasures. Most of all, it was a joy to work for her. She will be missed by all.

Fiona Saunders

April 29, 2019

This is such sad news. Barb (that ‘Barb’ was her preference was made crystal clear to me the first day that we worked together!) was one of a kind. She told me so many stories about life that I’ll never forget: about Wanamaker’s Department Store, her beloved grandsons, raising bunnies, and of course, her great love for books. She was a great friend and will be so missed.

John Wiehn

April 29, 2019

Barbara was the library director at the Prospect Library from 1991 till 2007.
She was loved by all who met her........

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY