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Barbara J. (Hockman) Gutekenst, 62, of Newington, died peacefully on Saturday, (October 29, 2011). Born and raised in Easton, PA, daughter of the late Elvin Hockman and Margaret (Milburn) Hockman, she was a Newington resident since 1971. Barbara retired from SNET in 1994 after many years of employment and subsequently worked part-time for the Town of Newington Registrar of Voters. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Congregational, and the May-Davis-Stotzer Post #117, American Legion Auxiliary. Barbara was extremely patriotic and fostered a deep passion for the support of the military forces. She volunteered at local elementary schools where she shared American history and the importance of the American flag, dressed as Betsy Ross. A loving mother, she leaves her daughter Heidi G. Gutekenst of East Longmeadow, MA. She also leaves two sisters, Gladys Hockman Ennis of North Carolina and Jane Hockman McPherson of Texas, and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. Her funeral service and interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the May-Davis-Stotzer Post #117, P. O. Box 310984, Newington, CT 06131. To share a memory, please visit us at

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Published in Hartford Courant on Nov. 1, 2011.
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November 5, 2011
U made a lasting impression n many peoples including mine u will b remembered always
shannon Stedman
November 4, 2011
Here a candle for your mom she will always be in my heart. She made the class of 1995 a special.
amy morrill
November 2, 2011
Hi Heidi,
Your Springfield College Finanical aid family sends their condolences.
If you need us we are always here for you.
Teri Dwyer Spfld Ma.
November 1, 2011
Dear Gutekenst Family,
So sorry to read of Barbara's
passing. I
I remember Barbara working with
Maire Fox at Voter's Registrar.
I also visited Barbara at
Newington Health Care. I will
miss visiting her.
I will remember you and Barbara
in my prayers.
Elizabeth Kostreva
November 1, 2011

im so sorry you lost your mother. i know she loved you dearly and i remember when she would come to visit you in high school. she was always such a card! you two seemed to me to be like 2 peas in a pod. you have grown into a strong, whitty and compassionate woman. i know that even though it will be rough for you the next few days, weeks, months,years you will get thru never forget but eventually it will hurt less. take care heidi..
melanie irizarry-mckinley
November 1, 2011
We love you Heidi and are here for you. Your mom gave the world an amazing daughter.
Karen and family
November 1, 2011
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Newington Memorial Funeral Home
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