1943 – 2019
Putnam – Barbara J. (Heath) Messier, 75, of Killingly Ave., died Saturday February 16, 2019, at Hartford Hospital. She was the loving wife of Gerard Messier, Jr. Born in Spencer, MA, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Elizabeth (Summers) Heath.
Mrs. Messier worked for many years at Borden Candy Company in North Grosvenordale until its closing.
She enjoyed crafting with plastic canvas, crossword puzzles, and listening to Country Western music. But, above all she cherished the quality time that she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the frequent visits to see her husband at the Matulaitis Nursing Home.
Barbara is survived by her husband; four children Gerard Messier, Jr. and his wife Tammy Jean, Valerie Schrump and her husband Donald, Elizabeth Messier, and Cheryl Piligian and her husband Robert all of Putnam; two brothers Phillip and Albert Heath both of Putnam; a sister Ethel Heath of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren Catherine, Timothy, Heather, Justin, Jared, Thomas, Kimberly, and Joshua; twelve great grandchildren Lucas, Xavier, Zachary, Amy, Matthew, Skyler, Kadyn, Lexi, Anthony, Cameron, Trevor, and Ely; and her beloved cat “Baby”. She as predeceased by a son Joseph Messier; and her siblings Robert Heath, Martha Ritchie, Beverly Benoit, and Dorothy Vanasse.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Barbara’s family from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. on Sunday February 24, 2019 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. A Memorial Service will begin at 12:00p.m. Burial will take place in the Spring in the Brooklyn South Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.