Barbara Joyce (Stearns) Schlegel

Born: Mon., Aug. 17, 1931
Died: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Jan. 04, 2020
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

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Voluntown, CT, Barbara Joyce Schlegel, 88, of Voluntown, CT, formerly of Naples, FL, passed away surrounded by her family after an extended illness.
She was born on August 17, 1931, in Glasgo, CT, daughter, of the late James and Myrtle Stearns.  On May 27, 1961, she was united in marriage to Frederick Schlegel at Washington Park Methodist Church in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Barbara and her late husband, Fred, were entrepreneurs who owned and operated Quality Business Machines in Norwich and New London for many years until the sale of their business in the early 1990’s.  They retired in Naples, FL and maintained a summer home in Mashpee, MA.  They enjoyed many summers on Cape Cod inspiring fond memories of family and friends on Cranberry Ridge Road.  Barbara was an avid reader and followed the stock market religiously.
Barbara put her family first and in her later years lived with her son, Brian, and then most recently her daughter, Sandra.
Barbara fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  She will be forever missed by her family and friends.  The world is a smaller place without her.
Barbara is survived by her children, Brian Schlegel (daughter-in-law, Pam Schlegel) of St. Augustine and Sandra Elliott (son-in-law, Bruce Elliott) of Voluntown; sister-in-law, Hedy Korst (brother-in-law, James Korst) of Bloomfield, CT, and three grandchildren, Victor Elci, Summer Wool and Matthew Schlegel.  Her beloved cat “Honey” will miss her mom.
Calling hours will be held 2:00-3:00PM Saturday January 4, 2020, at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Route 138, Jewett City, CT with a memorial service to immediately follow at 3:00PM.  Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. For online condolences please go to
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 2075 Silas Deane Hwy Ste 100 Rocky Hill, CT 06075 or the Bethel Methodist Church, Rt. 165, Griswold, CT  06351.


Charitable donations may be made in Barbara 's memory to the following organizations:

Alzheimer's Association
2075 Silas Deane Highway, Ste 100 Rocky Hill, CT 06075

Bethel Methodist Church
1 Rixtown Road Griswold, CT 06351

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Summer Wool
   Posted Wed January 01, 2020
We miss you so much already grama. You were such an amazing woman that inspired me in so many ways. Heaven gained the most beautiful angel and I know you and grandpa will always be watching over us. Love you so much! ❤🙏

Jessica Hourdas
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
Sending prayers for comfort and peace during this loss for Summer and her family. Your in our thoughts and prayers!!! We love you all!

Pam schlegel
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
Barbara, I will always remember you for your elegance and grace. You had a generous heart and the sweetest smile. I will forever miss our chicken soup talks over lunch and wine and the stories of deep love and respect you had for your family. It was an honor to have known you and you will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in eternal peace💕. Pam

Sharon Sacco Slusser
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
I am so thankful I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with grandma this past summer. In a short period of time I could tell that she is an amazing person. I’ll always remember how she would ask where did that cute little girl go 😊. I feel blessed 💕.

Linda Petika
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
When I think of Barbara I envision her sweet face and beautiful smile. She was a lovely person that was much loved and surely will be missed. I felt that this poem was appropriate in honor of her: God's Garden
God looked around His garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful; He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Julie Just
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you Summer and your beautiful family. God will comfort you, and carry you through this difficult time. Sending love and hugs to help get you through these tough days.❤️🙏

Senaid s
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you Summer and your family god bless

John petika
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
Brian Pam Summer and family
Just know that we love and care for you and are here for you
At this difficult time.thank goodness she had you all to help her through
The horrible Disease.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me inthe paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

John petika

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