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Abby  Lee Sheftel
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Abby Lee Sheftel, 41, formerly of Wallingford, CT, passed away September 20, 2017 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Abby was born March 31, 1976 to Barry and Sylvia (Sally) Sheftel in New Haven, CT. Abby is survived by her mother and father, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Abby’s mother was completely devoted to Abby’s well-being her entire life and Abby was particularly close to her Aunt Gigi.

Abby graduated from ACES of Hamden, CT and attended day programs at Midstate Arc (formerly the Arc Meriden-Wallingford). Although Abby never spoke, she had an infectious smile and her own ways to communicate with those around her. Abby’s passions were “collecting” Mylar balloons, playing in pools, “playing” pianos which all started with 88 keys and, like most of us, looked forward to her meals every day. Although Abby had great physical and cognitive challenges throughout her life, she nonetheless lived life to the fullest, reminding people of the simple joys in life….adding greatly to the richness of others’ lives along the way. Her gift to others will be shared and she will live on in the kindness of others. She greatly touched many lives starting with her parents, maternal grandmother, and paternal grandparents, her teachers and, most recently, scores of nurses during her four month stay at YNHH.

Abby will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. A Funeral Mass will be held in honor of Abby on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Church, 5 St. John’s Court, Cromwell 06416. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a donation on behalf of Abby to Midstate Arc, 200 Research Parkway, Meriden, 06450 or to a charity of one’s choice. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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St. John Court
Cromwell, CT 06416


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