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Barbara Marion Dainiak

May 22, 1943 April 29, 2021
Barbara Marion Dainiak
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Barbara Marion Dainiak (May 22, 1943 to April 29, 2021), formerly Sister Stella, passed away at Bridgeport Hospital after a brief but rapid course of pneumonia. Barbara, the daughter of the late Nicholas Dainiak, Sr. and Stella Piechowski Dainiak of Stratford, leaves her brother, Dr. Nicholas Dainiak, and two sisters, Susan Dainiak Sugrue, and Frances Dainiak Brandon. Her nephews are Dr. Christopher N. Dainiak of New Hampshire, Erik J. Dainiak of Connecticut, Stephen P. Sugrue of Illinois, Brian Brandon of Connecticut, and Patrick Brandon of Connecticut. Her nieces are Dr. Kelly M. Dainiak of Florida, Lara Brandon of Florida, Kimberly A. Sugrue of Connecticut, and Megan F. Sugrue Hamelin of Connecticut. She is also survived by great nephews, great nieces and extended family.
Barbara was a sister of the Daughters of Charity for over 25 years who celebrated her jubilee in Europe. With a Master of Education, she taught high school and elementary school in New York and Connecticut. She was a director at the Kennedy Children’s Center’s Profound and Special Needs Program in New York City, and a principal of St. Bernadette’s School in New Haven. She later taught in the Bridgeport public school system and was one of the first recipients of the Margaret & Theodore Beard Excellence in Teaching Award. As a member of The National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Barbara also was a certified chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport and Chaplain/Pastoral Care at St. Raphael’s Hospital, New Haven. In her later years, Barbara enjoyed ballroom dancing and oil painting, having become an amateur artist.
Barbara was devoted to Blessed Mary and the rosary. She was in awe of St. Pope John Paul II and St. Padre Pio. She meditated daily on the scriptures. Barbara was loving, generous and insightful. She patiently listened to the problems of friends and strangers, offering advice, if asked. Barbara enjoyed discussions of morality in the world and religious teachings with her friends and family. She was loved and will be missed by those she touched, and is now at peace with the Lord.
A private, grave-side blessing has been arranged. A mass and celebration of Barbara’s life will be announced at a later date.

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