Barbara R. Bell, age 86, of Milford, beloved wife of Lyle A. Bell of 62 years, passed away on Saturday June 2, 2013 in St. Raphael’s Hospital.

She was born on July 27, 1926 in Springfield MA., to the late George and Elizabeth Schaedlich French.

Barbara previously worked in the cafeteria department for several companies, including Sikorsky, Avco and Bic Pen.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children April Lilac of VT., Gail Elizabeth Brownley of Bethany, William (Kathleen) Bell of Woodbridge, Christopher (Cindy) Bell of Milford, James (Sandy) Bell of New Haven, Bruce (Karen) Bell of Naugatuck and Terry (Margaret) Bell of New Haven, also survived by her step-children Lyle (Laurie) Vitale and Margaret (Keith) Davenport , 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation and prayer service will be held Friday June 7, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home 135 N. Broad St. Milford. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital for Children 20 York St. New Haven, CT 06510.

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