1954 – 2021
Putnam – Denise L. (Starr) Bedard, 66, of Park Rd., died Friday, July 16, 2021, in Day Kimball Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Bedard. Born in Hornell, NY, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Viola Ann (Gifford) Starr, Jr.
Denise was united in marriage to Edward J. Bedard on April 3, 1973, in Thompson, he predeceased her on September 29, 1995.
She worked for many years in the shipping and receiving departments of several are factories including Anchor Glass and US Cosmetics. She enjoyed volunteering for the Girl Scouts of America, crocheting, and reading Danielle Steele novels. Denise was a “fanatic” New England Patriots fan and enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox. But, above all she cherished the quality time that she spent with her beloved grandson Thomas.
Denise is survived by her daughter, Danielle Belcher and her husband Scott of Jacksonville, FL, Scott’s children, Amber Kuzminski, Autumn Belcher, and Preston Belcher, and their children; her son, Matthew Bedard of Putnam and his son, Thomas E. Bedard; her siblings, Darlene Grenier and her husband Raymond of Salem, MO, Donna Gallichant and her husband Dennis of Kissimmee, FL, Stephen Starr and his fiancé Paula Scriva of Rochester, PA, Doreen Jolley and her husband Jay of Penny Cove Farms, FL, Dawn McIntyre and her husband John of Salem, MO, Dorothea Meholick and her husband Randy of Tonawanda, NY, and Deanna Diggs and her husband Stephen of Hope Mills, NC; her sister in law, Stacie Starr of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; a granddaughter, Heather Lowe; her many nieces, nephews, friends, the many children she helped raise, and her cherished pet Chihuahua, Little Bit “Bibit.” She was predeceased by her daughter in law, Danielle Bedard who passed away on the same day due to separate circumstances; her son in law, Robert Stenli; her siblings, Deborah, Michael, Shawn, Stanley, and Scott Starr; and her sister-in-law, Janet Starr.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Denise’s family from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. Followed by a funeral home service at 7:00p.m. A graveside service will be held in the Westfield Cemetery, 321 North St., Danielson on Thursday, July 22. 2021 at 11:00a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Thomas E. Bedard for his education fund, P.O. Box 313, Dayville, CT 06241. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.