Obituary: Beverly Ann (Marshall) Blakeman

OXFORD — Beverly Ann (Marshall) Blakeman, 84, of Oxford, the beloved wife of 42 years to the late Robert H. Blakeman, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at Beacon Brook Health Center in Naugatuck. She was born in Bridgeport on May 1, 1933, daughter of the late Robert E. and Caroline Hill Marshall.

Beverly grew up in Stepney and graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport. She lived in Bethany and Orlando, Fla., before returning to Connecticut and settling in Oxford. Beverly retired from SNET as an operator after many years of service. She was an organist at the Stepney Methodist Church, was a dedicated New York Yankee fan and enjoyed vacations at the Nordvind in Treasure Island, Fla. Beverly loved sitting outside with her friends at Crestview Ridge in Oxford. She was special in the way she made people feel comfortable and free to laugh at her quips. Beverly loved and enjoyed spending time with her family and will leave a void in our family’s fabric no doubt. She will be sadly missed by all but will remain forever in our hearts.

Her loving family includes her son, Brian Blakeman and his wife, Sherry, of Oxford; her daughters, Betty (Blakeman) Getchell and her husband, Frank, of Watertown and Carol Blakeman of Demorest, Ga.; her grandsons, Robert Blakeman of Oxford and Scott Blakeman and his wife, Erica, of Seymour; her great-grandson, Johnathon; her sister-in-law, Roberta Kaempfer; Ron Riccio whom she loved like a son, special friends, Shirley and Joe Gaetano and Frank Tomis, and several cousins.

A Memorial Service in Celebration of Beverly’s life will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St. (Route 67 across from Klarides Village), Seymour. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the beginning of the service at 7 p.m.

Memorial gifts in Beverly’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association through the funeral home.

To light a virtual candle and leave online condolences, visit www.millerwardfuneralhome.com.