MaryEllen Mansfield

MaryEllen Mansfield (Barringer)

Sunday, November 27th, 1938 - Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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SARASOTA, Fl — MaryEllen (Barringer) Mansfield, 81, formerly of Waterbury and Murrells Inlet, S.C., passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of Morton G. Mansfield Jr. who passed away just eight weeks prior in December 2019. They were married for nearly 61 years.

MaryEllen was born on November 27, 1938 in Waterbury, CT., the daughter of the late Gertrude (Bradley) and Franklin D. Barringer. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier Grammar School and Waterbury Catholic High School. MaryEllen spent the majority of her life as secretary to a variety of Waterbury businesses, and retired as the longtime secretary of Waterbury B.P.O. Elks 265. She moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina in 2004 and finally to Englewood, Florida in 2019. She loved camping and going for long walks in the Woods... Foxwoods, that is. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and friends located all over the country. Her greatest success in life however was being a devoted wife, mother and NaNa. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love her.

Left to honor her memory are her children, Rena and her husband, Col. Robert Thompson, currently stationed in Germany, her son, Kenneth and his wife, Barbara, of Cheshire, and her daughter, Rhonda and her husband, Wesley Monge, of Sarasota, Florida. MaryEllen was blessed with four grandchildren, Shaun Thompson of Orlando, Florida, Meagan Thompson of Williamsburg, Virginia, Caleigh and Rylan Monge, both of Sarasota, Florida. She is also survived by her brother, DeWitt (Buddy) Barringer and his wife, Maureen of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and sisters Eileen Fitzgerald, Jeanne Botelho, and Eunice Barringer.

Combined funeral services for MaryEllen and Morton will be held in Waterbury in the summer. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted to assist the family with arrangements in conjunction with Your Traditions Funeral Home in Sarasota.
To honor MaryEllen’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at are greatly appreciated.
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Lynn Harnick Schabel

Posted at 10:19am
When I was five years old, I met a sweet neighbor, Mary Ellen Barringer. We quickly became best friends and classmates as we navigated thru St Francis Xavier and Catholic High. (those mile walks daily to and from Catholic High were filled with laughs, sorrows, concerns and sometimes freezing temps) Play dates , skating at Washington Park ,sledding down South Street are but a few of the fond memories I have. I was privileged to be a bridesmaid along with the sisters when Mort and Mary Ellen married. Unfortunately, we lost touch when I moved to the mid west in 1961. I can say with all sincerity that she was a BFF!
I hope that these memories provide comfort to all the family during this sorrowful time.

Lynn Harnick Schabel
Indian River Shores
Vero Beach, Florida

Rena Thompson Posted at 02:15pm

Dear Lynn, Thank you so much for sharing the lovely story of your friendship with my Mom. She talked of you frequently and we often looked at old photos of you both while she told me stories of the neighborhood. Even though you lost touch, I can tell you that you were still in her heart and thoughts. May God bless you! With admiration, Rena (her oldest daughter)

Robert Nemcik

Posted at 09:11am
Pee Wee , Sorry for your losses. My prayers go out to you and your family 🙏🙏🙏 Nemi

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