Obituary: Barbara Ann (Raytkwich) Reilly

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Barbara Ann (Raytkwich) Reilly

NAUGATUCK — Mrs. Barbara Ann (Raytkwich) Reilly, 79, of Naugatuck, died Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of Joseph R. Reilly.

Mrs. Reilly was born in Waterbury on Jan. 6, 1932 daughter of the late Robert F. and Ann (Lafferty) Raytkwich. She grew up on the family homestead at the top of Millville Avenue. She was a graduate of St. Francis School, Naugatuck High School Class of 1950 and the University of Connecticut. She was employed in the reference department of the Howard Whittemore Memorial Library until she retired and greatly enjoyed her “library family.” She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naugatuck, a member of the Naugatuck Historical Society and former member of the Naugatuck Garden Club.

Mrs. Reilly is survived by a daughter, Mary Crayford of Newport, R.I.; three sons, Thomas Reilly and his wife Joanne Duranceau of Charlotte, Vt., Matthew Reilly and his wife Nancy (Lee) of Naugatuck, and Timothy Reilly and his wife Joan (Ippolito) of Naugatuck; one brother, Donald Raytkwich and his wife Doris of Columbia, Md.

She is survived by her much cherished grandchildren, Rachel (Reilly) Sullivan and her husband Chris, Julie Reilly, Matthew Reilly II, Cavan Reilly (currently deployed), Patrick Reilly, Dyllon Reilly, Mary Kate Reilly, William Crayford, Erin Reilly, Joseph Reilly, Luke Reilly, Daniel Reilly and was thrilled to be expecting her first great-grandchild in April, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert Reilly and a granddaughter, Francesca Reilly.

Barbara also leaves a many close friends and neighbors including a group of high school friends, “The Gang,” by whom she will always be lovingly remembered as a loyal and devoted friend, sharing life’s joys and sorrows.

Barbara lived her life to its fullest with vigor and a positive outlook. She was a wonderful hostess opening her home in Charlestown, R.I. to family and friends alike and sharing “her beach” with all.

The funeral will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m. from the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck for a mass at 11 a.m. Burial will in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Calling hours will be on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis St. Hedwig School, 294 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770 and Howard Whittemore Memorial Library 243 Church St. Naugatuck, CT 06770.