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Helen C. (Festa) Barati

1936 - 2021


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  Helen C. Barati, age 84 of Norwalk, died peacefully at her home on Friday, March 12, 2021 with her daughters by her side.  She was the wife of the late Stephen P. Barati.  Helen was born in Norwalk on December 30, 1936, the daughter of the late Generoso and Emilia (DeVito) Festa.  She worked for the Hat Corp. of America and Norden Systems but the job she loved the most was as a waitress for Old MacDonald’s Farm & Restaurant.  Helen was a member of the St. Ann Club and the Wednesday Night Live Girls Club.  She enjoyed travelling and was very involved with the Norwalk Senior Center.

     Helen is survived by her daughters Pamela Barati and Anne Barati, her husband John Rankin and children Ted and Eli.  She is also survived by her sisters Faye Dubois, Rose Russo and Tillie Besaw, her best friend Linda Busack and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Manzi, Josephine Purcell and Anna Reda, and her brothers Alfred, Samuel and Pasquale Festa.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave.  Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery.  Masks and social distancing will be required as well as registering at church upon arrival.  Donations in Helen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) 

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Ellen Toth Feldman and Family

March 25, 2021 8:49 AM

To Anne and Helen's family,
So sorry for your losses.
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Melody Lane Wheeler

March 17, 2021 4:55 PM

My deepest sympathies to all. I always remember Helen from Aunt Patty Russo's house. All the fun picnics and us kids playing together. I am so sorry for your loss.

Marylyn Stepkoski

March 17, 2021 4:23 PM

To Pamela,Anne and family,
I’m so sorry about your Moms passing, she was such a beautiful person. I worked with her many years at Pasta Fair and enjoyed every time we were together. Always happy and would help anyone. She will be missed.
Marylyn & Jack Stepkoski

Lynda Nemeth’

March 16, 2021 7:45 AM

Our condolences to Helen’s family. We knew Helen when she worked at Old McDonalds Farm, many years ago. I worked with her as a waitress in the 60’s, we had a lot of laughs together and I remember her as a kind and caring person. May she Rest In Peace. Lynda and George Nemeth

Diane Reda-West

March 15, 2021 3:30 PM

Aunt Helen, a deep and sensative soul, who allowed many to speak their mind while listening, but saved her comments for what was most important and was always the voice of reason.  She had a fun loving attitude towards life and shared many laughs at her dining room table.  She like the rest of her sisters made incredible food and shared her recipes graciously.  I will always remember her "who wears short shorts" rendition and positive attitude on life no matter what came her way.  You will always be remembered.  

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