Shirley H. (Higgins) Baukat
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1926 - 2019
Middlebury, CT Shirley H. Baukat, 92, formerly of Damson Lane in Naugatuck and the widow of John J. Baukat, Sr., died peacefully on April 15,2019 at Middlebury Convalescent Home with loving family by her side.
Shirley was born on October 7, 1926 in Ansonia, CT the daughter of the late Charles and Rena (Ryan) Higgins and graduated from Ansonia High School. Shirley lived most of her life in Naugatuck where she was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church. She retired from SNET, where she worked for 30 years as a telephone operator. Shirley was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Water Lilies at the Naugatuck YMCA.
Shirley is survived by her son, James Baukat; her daughters, Kathleen Donovan (Kevin) and Ann Jones (Mark); her 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; her former daughter in law, Raine Levesque and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her son, John J. Baukat, Jr., her daughter in law, Dee Baukat and her brother, Charles Higgins.
The family of Shirley Baukat wishes to express their gratitude to the entire staff at Middlebury Convalescent Home for the wonderful care she received towards the end of her life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery. Calling hour is Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers and to honor Shirley’s memory, donations can be made to the Middlebury Convalescent Home, Patient Activity Fund, 778 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT 06762.