Schmocker, Barbara

Barbara Schmocker, 88, of West Hartford, CT and formerly of Westerly, RI and Tequesta, FL died Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Hartford Hospital. Barbara was born May 27, 1923 in Northampton, MA and was raised by her mother, Anna Dulac, in Antrim, NH. She received her BE degree in 1944 from Plymouth State Teachers College and her MA degree in 1966 from the University of Bridgeport. She taught typing, shorthand and bookkeeping for over 25 years retiring as Business Department Chairperson of Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, CT in 1979. She took great pride in mentoring both students and younger teachers. She also served as President of the Norwalk Teachers Association, St. Anne’s Society and Catholic Daughters of America. Following retirement, she lived in Tequesta, FL with her husband Karl Schmocker until his death and later with her college roommate and best friend Ann Partridge. Playing bridge and ballroom dancing were two of her favorite activities. In 2005 Barbara moved to Westerly, RI where she and Ann lived until recently. She is survived by her son Richard Thibodeau and his wife Mary Ellen Thibodeau of West Hartford, CT, her grandson Matthew Thibodeau and his wife Jody Koch of Chicago, IL and her granddaughter Jessica Thibodeau and her husband David Cho of Washington, DC and one great grandson, Mitchell Thibodeau. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday August 22, 2011 at 10:00 am at St. Clare’s Church, Westerly, RI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Clare’s Church, 4 Saint Clare Way, Westerly, RI 02891 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

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