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Estelle E. "Topsy" Barry

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Estelle E. "Topsy" Barry Obituary
The world lost a beautiful soul on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 when Estelle Eleanor (Topsy) Barry, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Claremont, NH on May 28th, 1925 to Stella (Frenette) & James O'Connor, she became known as the "TOP BABY", hence her nickname "Topsy" was also born. She was lovingly known as Nanny Tops to her 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Tops was raised in a home that valued faith and family above all else. She spent her childhood in Bellows Falls and was a 1943 graduate of Bellows Falls High School. From there she went on to graduate with an RN from the Bishop DeGoesbriand School of Nursing in Burlington, VT.

In 1947 she married the love of her life, John P Barry. They enjoyed 63 happy years together, until his death in 2011.

In the early 1950's John & Topsy moved back to Bellows Falls where they raised their five children. Topsy was a wonderful mother and always had an open, welcoming home to all friends and relatives. She had a special love for children and honored their free spirit. Her living room still has boxes of toys for any child who visits.

Topsy was an insightful, creative person, and had a gift for saying just the right words to people in need. She was an avid reader with a curious mind and pursued a bachelor's degree later in life from St Joseph the Provider College in Rutland, VT. Topsy also enjoyed cooking, birding and nature.

Topsy always enjoyed the "beauty of an ordinary day"; she could be found in the woods and fields picking the pussy willows and May flowers of spring, or she could be found standing on her front porch to enjoy the first snowfall of winter or a beautiful rainbow in summer.

Topsy was a lifetime communicant of St Charles church, Bellows Falls, and a woman of very strong faith. She prayed the rosary every day.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Chris & Julie Barry, Mary Kay & Tim Pfadenhauer, Julie & Ray Chamberland, Barbara & Michael Janiszyn, Steve & Valerie Barry. She is also survived by her only brother Robert O'Connor and his wife Elizabeth of Littleton, NH.

SERVICES: A Mass celebrating her life will be Friday July 7th at 11am at St Charles Church in Bellows Falls and internment at St Charles Cemetery.

There will be a reception for friends and family at the Moose Club following the services.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 6, 2017
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