Barbara Gloria Sawoska (also known as Barbara Gloria Gaudette) on May 29, 2019 departed this life for eternal peace with our Heavenly Father.
Barbara was born on July 17, 1932 in Torrington, Connecticut. She was predeceased by her parents Charles “Moxie” Sawoska (1982) and Alice (Gaviola) Sawoska (1995). Barbara is survived by her sister Dolores Poole of Vermont. Barbara was predeceased by her ex-husband Robert Andrew Gaudette (1991). Barbara is survived by her daughter Roberta Lynn (Gaudette) And her husband Norman Aldrich of Florida, and her daughter Ariana Ann Gaudette (also known as Rebecca Ann Gaudette) of Connecticut.
Barbara has four granddaughters and one grandson as well as two great granddaughters and three great grandsons. Granddaughters Dana Koren Aldrich, Kellyn Leigh (Aldrich), her husband Thomas Andrew Schonborn, and great granddaughters Mia Kathryn Schonborn and Morgan Paige Schonborn all reside in Florida.
Grandson Joshua Anthony Williams, granddaughter April Ann Antonelli, her boyfriend Yardy Manuel Margarin, as well as great grandsons Urijah James Antonelli, Joziah David Hayes Antonelli, and Adriel Jeremiah Margarin Antonelli all reside in Connecticut. Granddaughter Ashley Ann Antonelli resides in Massachusetts.
Friend Kim Steeves, commonly referred to as Barbara’s third daughter, provided hours and hours of companionship and assistance when Barbara’s illness resulted in her being house bound.
Caregiver Millicent “Millie” Akuoko was devoted to Barbara and became an extended member of the family. Millie was treasured by all for the wonderful care provided to Barbara during her last six months.
Devotional Reader Holly Gregor read the Bible to Barbara for years when she was no longer able to read the scriptures herself. Barbara challenged Holly to find specific readings that she wanted to hear again.
Barbara is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews.
When Barbara became an empty nester, she earned her GED then continued her studies and graduated from the University of Central Connecticut although she was legally blind.
Barbara loved and nurtured all those she came in contact with and will be remembered fondly for her intelligence, humor, strength, and devotion to God and family.
No services are planned.
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