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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Natalie Barrett, 82

Natalie Barrett of Westport died Aug. 30 at home soon after discontinuing her 12-year-long dialysis treatments. She was 82.

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She was born Feb. 28, 1933 in New York, daughter to May Damiano and Max Kowalsky and sister to her brother Leonard. She grew up in The Bronx and graduated from William Taft High School in 1951, where she met her husband, Anthony Barrett, whom she married in December 1953. 

While living in the Gun Hill Road section of The Bronx, she worked as a secretary in New York in the advertising business.

Later she moved to Westport, where she worked for Norwalk Hospital and the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, and also was a lunch lady and recess supervisor at Hillspoint Elementary School. She often played hop-scotch and four square with the young children.

She was a loving, devoted mother to her two sons and drove them to their music and sports practices and never missed a concert or game. She was young at heart, had a great sense of humor, loved children and animals, had a passion for music, and was an incredible cook providing her family with a wide variety of gourmet food.

She also loved art, decorating and was an avid gardener. Traveling was one of her greatest passions, and she had the opportunity to travel to many places in Europe, including England, Italy, Spain, France and Holland, where she lived with her husband for two years.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, her son Craig and daughter-in-law Jeanie and their children Courtney and Alexandra and great-grandson Liam, her son Tod and his children Tyler and Hannah, her sister-in-law Anita and husband John and their son John Vincent, her sister-in-law Sena and her daughters Lori and Abbey, and several cousins. She was pre-deceased by her brother Leonard and daughter-in-law Anna.

There are no public calling hours or services and donations can be made to The Humane Society of the United States in her name— HSUS, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Norwalk Hospital, the DaVita Dialysis Center of Norwalk, and Olga K. for the extraordinary and compassionate care she received up to her death.

She lived a long, fulfilling life and left this world on her own terms with her family at her side. Her laughter and smile will be dearly missed.

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