July 10, 1939 – September 3, 2019
Barbara Ford, 80, passed away peacefully Monday, September 2, 2019 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Bristol, Barbara spent much of her life in Wethersfield. Along with her husband Charles, she was the founder and owner of House of Images Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Old Wethersfield for 42 years, retiring in 2017. She was one of the founding members of the Old Wethersfield Shop Keepers Association in 1976 and served as secretary, treasurer and vice president. She was very active in the book club, gardening club and Sacred Heart Church. Barbara was the person who proposed the idea of the “Scarecrows along Main Street” event to the Old Wethersfield Shop Keepers Association, an event now entering into the 18th year, drawing many visitors from the greater Hartford area and other parts of the State. She enjoyed rooting for the UConn Huskies, taking walks and engaging in lively conversations, which were punctuated by her infectious laughter. However, her family was the center of her life. In addition to her loving husband Charlie, she leaves her son Christopher and his wife Amy and their daughters Madison and Hailey, son Patrick and his wife Deanna and their daughters Riley and Avery. She is also survived by her devoted sisters, Patricia Hennessey, Bette Knoblauch, Kitty Price and Nance Kriscenski, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Alex Kriscenski and sister, Joan Ingersoll.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, September 6th from 4-6 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 7th 10 a.m. at Christ the King Parish (Sacred Heart Church), 56 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Old Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.
- Calling Hours Friday, September 6, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 7, 2019
- Burial Saturday, September 7, 2019
September 5, 2019
Dear Ford Family,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Barbara. She was a true gem!! A wonderful business woman and human being. I know our home has multiple pieces of art that she and/or Charlie framed for us here in Wethersfield and in Florida. It was always an adventure placing an order with her and always stories to be told. She knew the exact colors to use to enhance our art work and always took the time to review the frame, mat and colors with us. Our last piece was framed by her 2 years ago and it proudly sits where we can see it everyday. We will miss her smile, laugh and friendship.
Doris and Rachel Leclerc
September 5, 2019
Barbara and her husband did such wonderful framing work for me over the years. One of the best works was a christening gown & slip that my grandmother made and through Barbara's expertise will be enjoyed and loved for generations. She is truly a shinning star in Heaven! My prayers and sympathy to her family.