Unites States Navy Veteran
Cheshire-Barth G. Phelan, age 85, formerly of Middlebury, passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 2, 2020 after a courageous battle with dementia. He was the beloved husband of Ellen (Hubert) Phelan.
Mr. Phelan was born in Waterbury, CT on July 14, 1935, son of the late George and Agnes (Fitzgerald) Phelan. He was a graduate of Crosby High School and proudly served his country in the Unites States Navy during the Korean War. Barth worked for NCR as a field engineer until his retirement. He loved football, especially the New York Giants, and he also enjoyed boating. He loved vacationing in Wildwood with family, especially Barbara Welton and many friends. Barth enjoyed cruising with Marie and Chet Koeller. There was nothing more important to Barth than his family, especially his grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memories and honor his love and legacy, besides his beloved wife Ellen of 56 years, he leaves his daughters, Kathleen Kirschner and her fiancé Edward Tharrington, and Suzanne Wiezbicki and her husband Bryan; his four grandchildren, Brittany, Matthew, Christopher, and Andrew; his sister Georgianna Burdette and her husband Charles; his brother in law Thomas Hubert and his wife Melanie; sister in law Barbara Welton; former son in law Joseph Kirschner; and several nieces and nephews. Barth was predeceased by his beloved grandson Alex Wiezbicki; his sisters, Sheila, Linda and brother Richard.
The family wishes to thank his caregivers Candi and Sandra Welton, as well as Dr. Malina and staff of the Waterbury VA, West Haven VA Hospital, and Livewell, for the wonderful care Barth received.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday September 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Those attending must wear a facial covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Burial will follow in New St. Joseph Cemetery, Waterbury. To send an on-line condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck, is in care of his funeral arrangements.
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Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foudation
282 Washington Street, Hartford CT 06106