In Loving Memory of Nancy Jean Barate

April 06, 1947
Bridgeport, CT
May 31, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Visitation

Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

June 04, 2019

Service

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Cemetery

Lawncroft Cemetery

1740 Blak Rock Turnpike,
Fairfield,
CT 06825

June 05, 2019

Family Gathering

Charity

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

1719 Post Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824



Nancy Jean Barate

Nancy Jean Barate, age 72, of Fairfield, beloved wife of 33 years of John Barate, passed away peacefully Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Ludlowe Health Center. Born in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Otto and Jean Rotzal, she had been a lifelong area resident. Nancy graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from the University of Bridgeport. She worked as a business manager for the Remarkable Book Store, Westport Play House and was the Assistant Box Office Manager at the Regina Quick Center at Fairfield University. Nancy also served as an Adjunct Professor of English at Sacred Heart University. She loved the theater and the arts especially musicals and Shakespeare. Nancy had a true love for life and was a true friend to many. In addition to her loving husband John she will be dearly missed by her brother, Thomas Rotzal and his wife Cindy of Milford; two nephews, T.J. Rotzal and his wife Tanya of Milford and Jason Rotzal of Bridgeport; a step-nephew, Shawn Miller of Milford; a great-niece, Tiana Rotzal of Milford; a great-nephew, Thomas Rotzal of Milford; an uncle, Thomas Hamilton of Fairfield; an aunt, Gail VanHise and her husband Jon of Brookfield and several cousins and dear friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a contribution in Nancy’s memory to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, Ct 06824. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit www.SpearFuneralHome.com

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2 Guestbook Entries for Nancy Jean Barate

  1. My Sweet Baby, When you left, you took a great part of me with you. I thank God for the wonderful thirty three years we had together. You were my rock and anchor. Those of us who knew you and loved you are glad that you were always in our corner. You were always fiercely loyal and would go to any lengths to fight for us. I owe you my life at least twice, once when I was going through recovery and once after a failed angioplasty. I have a thousand warm memories of you, which will always keep you near me: Those trips to Maine where we tried to find out who made the best clam chowder. Those week-ends in the Berkshires with Martha and Bill. Those two hours in the freezing cold, where you always found the “perfect” Christmas tree. The list goes on. While we had our ups and downs, we were always united. You did everything in your considerable power for me and I tried to do the same for you, especially in this difficult last year. I know that we will be together again, hopefully soon. Until then, just know that I love you. John

  2. My deepest condolences to John and the rest of Nancy’s family. I will never forget the many years that I worked with her at the Quick Center in the box office. From my start there when I was just a sophomore in high school, Nancy was supportive and caring in her own special way and along with our friend Kyle, she taught me a lot of what I now know about ticketing systems and patron management. Nancy was always ready with a quote from a Shakespeare play to go along with any occasion and I have an especially fond memory of (loudly) breaking into a duet with Nancy, singing a song from “Les Miserables” on one quiet day in the box office during the summer. Though it was almost a decade ago, that moment brings a smile to my face and always will. Rest In Peace, Nancy.