Marilyn Barbara Werner

by | May 30, 2024 | Obituaries

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. –Marilyn Barbara Werner, 94, died on May 26 at the AHAVA Memory Care Facility in Pittsburgh, Pa. The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease.

Known to most as Barbsie, she was born in Hartford, Conn., to Edward and Vivian Goldman. She attended the West Hartford public schools, Hood College, Syracuse University, and the University of Hartford, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1969.

In 1949, Barbsie married Howard M. Werner, a World War II veteran who later became an attorney and real estate developer. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage, and raised three children: Roye Werner (Reid Andrews) of Pittsburgh, Eric Werner (Alice) of Virginia Beach, and Robby Werner (Liz) of Darien, Conn. Her children survive her, as do her beloved grandchildren, Lena Andrews, Jesse Andrews, Jacob Werner, Abby Werner Stone, Bronwyn Cunningham, Eve Andrews, Andrew Werner, and Doug Werner, and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, and by her brother, Dr. Richard Goldman.

A resident of Hartford and West Hartford for 89 years, Barbsie had many passions and interests. She was an exceptional hostess and loved making special meals for her growing family. She also loved dogs, the Red Sox, the UConn Huskies, Jazzercise, long walks with friends, Big-Band swing music (especially Sinatra), dancing, knitting, travel, and spending time with her friends.  She was a devoted Democrat and supporter of Israel. After raising her children, she worked in the Registrar’s office at Trinity College, and in the management of Villas Tacul, a hotel the family owned in Cancun, Mexico. She also volunteered for Connecticut CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), and for WHC-TV as a camera operator.

Barbsie was known for her kindness, friendship, generosity, and beauty, both inside and out. She loved to laugh. No one who knew her will ever forget her.

 The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Connecticut Humane Society (, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111, or the Elizabeth Park Conservancy (, 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.