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October 18, 1960 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Barbara Siegener, died suddenly at Danbury Hospital on December 29, 2023. She was 63 years old. Born to John & Silvia Siegener on October 18, 1960 in Norwalk, CT.
Barbara grew up in Colonial Village. Whenever her brother would visit, she would enjoy just driving thru Colonial Village. Barbara worked many clerk and clerical jobs at both Union Carbide, and Duracell for many years.
She joined the Ability beyond family in the 80's and continued to prosper with them. In May of 2000, Barbara started with the Supported Independent living program where she lived in her own private apartment in Danbury and made great memories, friends and relationships in her community. She maintained regular contact and remained close with her brother Albert and his wife Lynette from Rockford, Illinois. During their CT visits with Barb, they did things that she loves with her such as gardening and crafts, and brought her to places she enjoys such as the beach, Mystic, Stew Leonard’s, Costco, and Red Lobster.
Barbara moved to Ability's Saw Mill ICF on November 24, 2020 as a requirement for her placement on the Kidney Transplant list. She was so excited to start her ICF journey during the holidays and to be able to spend it with her new Saw Mill Family. She was often found outside soaking up the sun with a word search book, participating in crafts & activities, or cracking jokes with her staff and roommates. Her laugh was one that that you would never forget. Due to her increased medical needs, she later moved to Deer Hill ICF in June of 2021. Barbara was a character filled with spunk and charisma. Despite her many diagnoses for both mental and physical challenges, she was strong, smart, resilient and hopeful. She truly tried her best to stay positive and ambitious about her future and her goals.
Barb thrived off of being loved, and giving love back to those who cared for her and guided her on her journey through Ability Beyond. She adored it when her staff would help her get all dolled up and help her to feel pretty. She loved going out in the community, being helpful around the house, and feeling included and needed in her home and amongst her peers.
Barb took pride in helping others, and finding new things that would bring her joy. She loved animals and nature, especially watching the birds and gardening. There was never a dull moment with Barb. At Deer Hill she openly shared her love and knowledge of music. She was known as a music “savant”, routinely knowing the title and singer of every song that was being played. She was also known for her spirituality due to her Methodist up-bringing and since moving to DeerHill she enjoyed going to a local Pentecostal church in Danbury.
Barbara is survived by her loving family, Albert (Lynette) of Rockford, IL, her neices Nicole Schandelmeier (Mark) and Lisa Siegener. Also many dear friends. Barbara will be truly missed, fondly remembered, and remain forever in our hearts.
A private cremation will be held for Barbara. Please send the family condolences by writing on her tribute wall below.