Faye Byrne Baumgarten

TROY- On the morning of April 27, 2021, Faye Byrne Baumgarten passed peacefully in the home of her daughter-in-law, Margaret “Peg” Byrne, in Maine, with whom she lived. She was surrounded by her loving family when she passed.

Faye was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Westfield, Mass. Six months later she and her family moved to Hialegh, Fla., where she spent her childhood.

When she was a teenager, the family moved to Waterbury, Conn. She married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Bryne. They were married for 50 years and had one child, a son, Douglas.

After Ken’s service in the Navy and college, they settled in Bethlehem, Conn., where she became very active in Christ Episcopal Church. She worked at the Scovill Mfg. Co. until her retirement. Their son, Douglas and his family then moved to Maine and Ken, Faye, and their mothers, Belle Byrne and Hazel Bryan, moved to Rainbow Lakes Estates in Dunnellon, Fla. She joined Holy Faith Episcopal Church where she wore many hats, her favorite being the Altar Guild. She was also a 43 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #58, where she served as their chaplain for many years.

A few years after the loss of both mothers and her husband, Ken, she married her good friend, Jim Baumgarten. They enjoyed 14 years together before his death in 2011. The same year her son, Doug, died. In 2013, she moved to Maine to live with her daughter-in-law, Peg, where she lived until her death.

In addition to Peg, she is survived by three grandchildren: Ken Byrne, Rhode Island, Sheila Gardiner (Gary), Maine, and Kelly McCormick (Geoff Smith), Maine; three great-grandchildren: Aleisha Michaud (Mackenzie), Kristin Blanchard (Josh), and Tyler McCormick (Lindsey); and five great-great-grandchildren: Nikolas, Kalianna, Jaiden Durand and Layla Blanchard and Owen McCormick. Faye loved them all.

Faye devoted her life to spreading joy and love, and found a unique way to connect with each life she touched. She would want celebration, love and smiles to be had by all.

Some of Faye’s final words were “It is nice to be so loved.”

Visiting hours will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, May 3, at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave., Pittsfield.

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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

In lieu of flowers,

memorial contributions may be given to hospice in Faye’s memory.

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