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“Dear Dave, Mary Warren, Andy and familiesI am so sorry to hear about Esters passing, but knew she was very weak lately, so it did not come as a...Read More ยป
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Esther Victoria (Rosengren) Bartlett died peacefully at The Residence at Brookside in Avon on May 29, 2017. The daughter of Harry H. and Elin (Elvi) V. Rosengren, Esther was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 28, 1932 and grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Both parents emigrated from Sweden in the early 1920s. Esther excelled in public school, graduating third in a class of over 500 students. She attended Douglass College, now a division of Rutgers University, for two years before attending and graduating from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing which was affiliated with Columbia University. Esther married Raymond C. Bartlett upon his graduation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University on May 26, 1956. She and Ray lived in Simsbury, CT from 1961 until their move to Brookside in November 2016. One of their joys was their enduring friendships with classmates from Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). For decades Esther and Ray enjoyed visits and adventures with this tightly knit group they called "P.H., P&S, plus 2." In July 1956 Esther joined the faculty of the School of Nursing at Hartford Hospital as an instructor in basic nursing and medical nursing. Her nursing career focused on education, especially training nurse aides for certification to provide long term care. Esther was very involved in many community organizations and taught refresher nursing programs at Hartford Hospital. When her youngest child entered school Esther taught a high school program preparing students for certification as nursing assistants. She returned to bedside nursing in geriatrics and then became Education Coordinator at McLean Home in Simsbury from 1980 until her retirement in 1992. During this time Esther enrolled at Saint Joseph College (now University) in West Hartford, earning a Master of Arts in Human Development and Gerontology in 1986. Esther became involved with others in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology, maintaining memberships in the Sigma Phi Omega Gerontology Honor Society and the McLean Auxiliary. Esther enjoyed a long and rewarding membership in the West Avon Congregational Church. She became the first woman moderator of the church and served two terms in that role. Esther had a reputation for leadership and effective conflict resolution in interpersonal relationships and served on many committees of the church for more than 30 years. As a member of the Pastoral Partnership Program Esther visited homebound members of the WACC family for many years. Many of Esther and Ray's closest friendships began with members of this church. Ray joined Esther in celebrating many Swedish traditions, especially the food and decorations of Christmas. Together they enjoyed travels to Sweden, France, Italy, Greece, the Caribbean islands, and especially their summer cabin on Mount Riga in Salisbury, Connecticut. They traveled across the U.S. towing a pop-up camper with their three children in the 1970s. Esther delighted in telling family stories, singing, playing her accordion, and cooking. She was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. Recently her doctor said to her, "You've always been such a happy, positive person, Esther," to which she replied, "I've had a good life and good people around me." She will be remembered for her generous, energetic personality, optimism, and strong faith. The family is grateful for the compassionate support and care provided by the staff and management of The Residence at Brookside and Vitas Hospice. Esther is survived by her husband of 61 years Raymond, their son Andrew, his wife Maureen Bartlett and their grandchildren Lyle, Tristan, and Elliot of East Pharsalia, NY; son David, his wife Kristen Bartlett and grandsons Nicholas, Sam, and Robert of Easton, CT; daughter Mary Warren Bartlett, step grandson Scott Bonafini and granddaughters Leanna and Selene Bonafini of Belchertown, MA. Esther also leaves Charlotte Thyberg of Aarhus, Denmark who lived with the Bartletts from 1982-1983 as an exchange student and has remained a member of the family, her husband Anders S. Jørgensen and daughters Patricia and Filippa Thyberg. Esther was predeceased by her twin sister Lilian Elisabeth (December 1932) and beloved cousin Rose Anderson Moore (1993). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, Connecticut 06001 or to McLean Development, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Calling hours will be held at Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001 on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 3-6 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, CT on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow the serice. For directions or condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com

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