Obituary: Michele Elizabeth Barry Laibach, 60, of Milford

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John Ruggiero
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MILFORD, CT - (From Cody-White Funeral Home) Michele Elizabeth Barry Laibach, 60, of Milford, adored wife of Robert Laibach, passed away unexpectedly December 4, 2020.

Born June 29, 1960, in Milford, she was the daughter of Judith (Amann) Barry and the late Richard Owen Barry.

A graduate of Jonathan Law High School, she attended Central Connecticut State University and spent her professional life in human resources, most recently at Kari-Out in New York.

Her technical expertise was coupled with a genuine care for her fellow employees.

She had great respect for the dignity of work, a respect learned by seeing her parents’ strong work ethic.

Michele was an independent woman and a great role model for her son, whom she raised on her own.

She was strong yet also very sentimental (a well done Hallmark commercial could reduce her to tears.) She loved politics and was a staunch Democrat.

She used Facebook to explore family history and actively reengage with friends from her past. She felt an affinity for Milford and particularly loved Fort Trumbull beach.

Technology also led to an unexpected but wonderful later-in-life marriage to Rob, who mourns her profoundly. We all wish she had been given more time to enjoy her marriage and start her well

In addition to her loving husband and mother, Michele is survived by her cherished son, Ryan Arthur Barry; her siblings, Sheralee (Craig) Hogberg, Moira (Michael) Lord, and Richard Barry; her nephew, Sean (Courtney) Houley; her dog MoJo and her rescue dogs, Kai and Georgia.

She was fortunate to have an extended family that included more than 35 cousins and life-long friends that were like family.

In addition to her father, Michele was predeceased by her niece, Amanda Houley.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, a proper celebration of her life will be held during her favorite time - spring flower season.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Out of Darkness (AFSP) or a charity of your choice.

This article originally appeared on the Milford Patch