Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Walsh, 79, of Fairfield
FAIRFIELD, CT – (From Spear-Miller Funeral Home) Elizabeth “Betty” Walsh, 79, of Fairfield, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend died Friday surrounded by her beloved husband, son and of his daughters.
Betty’s brave battle ended in the warm comfort of her 51-year-old home. Our hearts are broken, but also full of the love she had for us and for everyone. Words cannot express what she meant to our family and the joy and spirit she brought to life in general. Happy to help others be happy.
Betty was born on June 27, 1942 to Alexander Kluchnick and Mary Hyland Kluchnick. She was the eldest of three brothers with brothers John and Peter.
She lost her father when she was eight and her life changed when she took care of them and the house while her mother worked. She never stopped taking care of people for 70 years, she loved doing it.
Betty graduated from Staples High School in 1960, working at Food Fair in Westport where she met the love of her life, Ken. They were married in September 1963. Ken was in the Navy and Betty finished hairdressing school and they moved to Newport RI as Ken was then a corps member in the Navy.
She loved their time there so much and her son Kenneth, Jr. was born at Naval Hospital for only seven dollars!! They eventually settled in Fairfield CT where she had her two daughters, Christine and Kerri.
Betty loved being a mother, homemaker and wife, but most of all a grandmother. Always involved with the school APP and volunteering wherever needed. She eventually became a proud member of the Fairfield Womens Club.
She was named Vice President and eventually President of this wonderful Association, forging friendships that lasted a lifetime and being involved in various charity events including the annual City Hall Craft Fair on the Saturday before Mother’s Day each year.
Anyone who was lucky enough to know her found an energetic, funny and charming woman who genuinely cared about others and relished life to the fullest. She loved to walk and found the immense beauty in nature, music and people. She and Ken have had many travel adventures, cruises with dear friends, enjoying entertainment and great food.
She cherished her 3 grandchildren, all her animals, her garden and her dance. Introduced by a friend to Fred Astaire Dance Studios in her 50s, she became an accomplished ballroom dancer with the help of her dedicated instructor Henry. It brought her such joy, with the exercise, beautiful music, and meeting wonderful friends who shared her passion for dancing and won many competitions along the way, her joy radiated onto the dance floor.
Betty was truly one in a million with her infectious smile, enthusiasm, warm heart, unwavering dedication and unconditional love who will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her beloved husband Ken of 58 years, her son Ken Walsh Jr. (wife Dawn) of Shelton, her daughters Christine Walsh of Seattle Wa. and Kerri Walsh of Fairfield. Brothers John and Peter Kluchnick, his cherished grandchildren, Kenneth III, Steven and Lauren. As well as several nieces, nephews and cousins including his many friends and also his pets that he will miss.
Betty was predeceased by her father Alexander Kluchnick, her mother Mary Diamico, her stepfather Anthony Diamico, numerous uncles and aunts on both sides Hyland and Kluchnick, cousins and in-laws Susan Kopp, Jane Keehan and Sharon Kluchnick.
There is definitely a celebratory meeting in heaven and we all have another angel watching over us!!!
Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 591 Stratfield Rd., Fairfield, interment to follow at Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends and family may visit Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Spear Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Rd., Fairfield.
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