Evelyn (Woike) Barr, 90, of Colchester, beloved wife of John A. Barr, passed away peacefully Sunday (Dec. 2, 2018) at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born April 10, 1928 in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Emil and Anna (Appel) Woike. She and John were married on June 2, 1951 and settled in Colchester in 1957. Early on, Evelyn had worked for SNET and in later years had worked for the Colchester Water Dept. as well as Gerhardt Insurance before her retirement. In her spare time, she was a talented amateur watercolor painter, quilter and knitter. Mrs. Barr was a longtime member of the Colchester Federated Church, where she had served as Treasurer and Sunday School Superintendent. However, her greatest joy was found in her family. In addition to her loving husband of 67 years, she leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Reginald Martin of Colchester; her daughter-in-law, Trudy Barr (and her husband, Maurice Gariepy) of Old Lyme; three granddaughters, Bridgette Duvall (and her husband, Shawn), Carolyn Hayward (and her husband, Michael) and Lindsay Barr; a great grandson, Christopher Duvall; her twin sister, Elsie Becker of Middle Haddam; her brother, Earl Woike of Middletown; and numerous extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her son, John Barr, Jr. and four siblings, Ruth Johnson, Gertude Wyer, Esther Woike and Reynolds Woike.
The family will receive guests 4 – 6 PM Wednesday (Dec. 5th) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. Funeral Services will be observed 10 AM Thursday (Dec. 6th) directly at the Colchester Federated Church, 60 Main Street (on the Green), Colchester. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery, Colchester. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Evelyn’s longtime caregivers, Akua and Katrina, who enabled her to stay in her home over her extended illness, as well as the staff of the Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Colchester Federated Church, 60 Main St., Colchester.
Colchester Federated Church
60 Main Street, Colchester CT 06415