Frances Berube Barber
Frances “Nana” Barber was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother during her incredible 103 years of life. She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. She lived a tremendous life, touching so many people, in so many different ways. A grandmother to 3 generations-all calling her “Nana”- and a mentor to so many others. People that knew her well, knew the amazing strength, kindness and generosity she possessed and showed to others, especially her loved ones. Not only was she their greatest supporter, but she was their greatest protector as well.
Frances was the daughter of Arthur and Louise Berube, the 2nd oldest of the 5 Berube girls and last to leave us. Born in Lisbon, Maine, the Berube family later moved to Oakland where she graduated from Oakland High School and then from Sisters’ Hospital Nursing Program as a Registered Nurse, a career that brought her to CT in 1940. In 1943, she married Gordon Barber and they settled in Hartford and later moved to Broad Brook in 1952 where they shared the majority of their 32 years together until Gordon’s passing in 1975. She lived in Ellington from the early 90’s until 2004 when Fran moved to Watson Farm in South Windsor and then to Welles Country Village in 2018.
Fran worked at Hartford Hospial early in her career, then Bickford’s Convalescent Home and later at St Mary’s Home where she retired from in 1984. Her propensity to care for others extended to her home in Broad Brook where she created a haven for all who needed a helping hand, support or a place to get back on their feet. No one was ever turned away, whether it was a relative, friend or one of her children’s classmates. So many of those she had helped, continued to keep in touch because of her profound influence on their lives. She made countless trips walking her grandchildren to the bus stop, picking them up at school, taking them to doctor’s appointments, or just taking care of them whenever she was needed.
Fran loved simple things. She loved her “knitting club” buddies, senior citizen trips and summer vacations at Lake Messalonskee, Lake Mascoma , Goose Pond or Martha’s Vineyard with family and friends She treasured her mother’s Maine cottage and the time spent their with those she loved. She loved the campfires and to “burn” everything! But, what Frances cherished most in this world was time spent with her family. One thing she absolutely loved was her weekly dinners at Watson Farm for any family that could make it- which was a 10 year tradition!
She will be missed by her daughter Sandy Foster and her husband Jack and son Gordon Barber and his partner Lesa, all of Murrells Inlet, SC; her son Arthur Barber and his wife Karen of Wickenberg, AZ. Eight grandchildren- Sherryl Foster, Kim Przybylski, Denise Rodrigue, Theresa Johnson, Adam Barber, Shane Barber, Ryan Barber and Kyle Borel and 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Besides her husband and sisters, she was predeceased by a daughter, Suzanne Cushman, a daughter-in-law Joyce Barber and a grandson Paul Barber.
The family would like to thank the staff at Manchester Memorial Hospital for the compassionate care they extended to Frances in this past month.
Relatives and friends may join the family on Saturday, June 11, 2022 between 8:30am and 9:30am at the Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner Street, East Windsor, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10am at St. Catherine Church, 6 Windsorville Road, Broad Brook, CT. Burial will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery in Broad Brook, CT. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.