Janet (Staszowski) Barnes passed peacefully on January 3, 2022, at McLean in Simsbury, CT.
Born in Winsted, CT on June 20, 1922, to Joseph and Anielia Staszowski, Janet attended local schools in Winsted and graduated from The Gilbert School. She worked with her family at Green Woods Country Club where her father and then her brothers were employed. She and her siblings also helped run the family farm on Torringford Street during her youth.
Janet was employed at Case Printers in Winsted for many years before starting The Winchester Press, her own business, retiring in 1981. She also served as Truant Officer for many years in the Winchester School System.
Janet married L. Edward Barnes of New Hartford, CT in 1973 and made her new home in that town. They spent many happy years traveling in their motor home and enjoying their summers at their cottage on Otis Reservoir with family. Her favorite time of the year was August blueberry picking there which resulted in many delicious blueberry pies throughout each winter. Shortly after her husband passed in 1991, Janet relocated to Mclean in Simsbury where she lived until her death. She was a member of the Auxiliary and volunteered for many McLean Benefit Golf Tournaments. Janet was a skilled seamstress and knitter and donated her projects to local charities.
In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her brothers Frank, Stan, John, and sister Veronica. Janet conversed daily with her surviving sister Babe (Josephine Ochotnicky) to discuss UCONN women’s basketball, the daily “Jumble” and other important happenings. Although she had no children of her own, she was a loving and generous aunt to many nieces, nephews, and their children.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff, nurses and physicians at McLean Burkholder apartments, Robinson assisted living and Chapel Crossing skilled nursing services for all of their care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 31 Oak St., Winsted, CT. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are asked to meet directly at St. Joseph Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gilbert School Scholarship Fund, 200 Williams Avenue, Winsted, CT 06098 in memory of L. Edward Barnes and Janet S. Barnes or to St. Joseph Church, 31 Oak St., Winsted, CT 06098 at Janet’s request.
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The Gilbert School Scholarship Fund
200 Williams Avenue, Winsted CT 06790
St. Joseph Church
30 Oak Street, Winsted CT 06098