Barbara Albrecht of Monroe, CT and Greenwood, SC entered into eternal life on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the age of 53. She was born in Jersey City, NJ to John and Helma Wilke on June 7, 1959. Barbara was a loving mother to her sons Erik and Alexander and a wife to Robert for 25 years. She is survived by her sisters Kathy Warren and Karin Evans, both of whom she dearly loved. Additional loved ones include her Uncle George Wilke and his wife Marie; Aunt Linda and her husband Chris Wright; brother-in- law Morgan Evans; and cousins Bob Wilke, Christian Wright, Alison Veliky and her husband George, and nephew Thomas Evans.
Barbara was a graduate of Bergen Community College of New Jersey, and later attended Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT where she earned an Associate's Degree in the Sciences. There she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society for Academic Excellence.
Barbara loved life, had a beautiful smile, was quick to laugh and enjoyed the company of family and friends. She deeply appreciated the beauty of nature and was a strong advocate for her beloved members of the animal kingdom. She was an outdoor and sports enthusiast who enjoyed hiking biking, tennis, kayaking and cross country skiing. Barbara was an accomplished cook who enjoyed preparing fine cuisine, and attended classes at the Culinary Institute of America. Barbara was an accomplished artist and painter who excelled in hand painted furniture, wall murals and decorative home accessories, many of which can be found today in Fairfield County homes.
Barbara's career spanned a variety of industries. She was an executive assistant to a Senior Partner at Fried, Frank Shriver, and Jacobson of New York, a major merger and acquisition firm in the mid 1980's; was a General Manager of Erial International, a northeast regional bottler of mineral waters; and had worked at Med 3000 in Shelton, CT, a provider of healthcare management services. Barbara also created Embellished Woods, a furniture restoration business and Crepe Luise, a custom baked goods business serving specialty coffee shops.
Barbara was a loving and giving individual who supported many local charities. She will be forever missed by her family, friends, and all those who knew her.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes for contributions to be made in her name to the Audubon Center – Bent of the River located at 185 East Flat Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488.
Friends and Family may call on Wednesday, November 28, from 3pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. A funeral service will be held, Thursday, November 29, at Good Sheperd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street, Monroe. Interment will be private. For online condolences please visit www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com