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Official Obituary of

Eva (Simson) Bardwell

February 10, 1936 ~ February 29, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Eva Bardwell Obituary

Eva Simson Bardwell was born in 1936 in Kaunas, Lithuania to Nathan and Esther Simson – also of Kaunas, Lithuania. She enjoyed a “charmed” childhood, with cherished memories of going to the bakery with her mother to get fresh Napoleon cakes and play at the local playground. At the age of 5, however, due to the intel gathered from Nathan’s connections, Eva’s family was forced to leave their home in order to escape Jewish persecution, and travel cross-country to find secure hiding in Uzbekistan, where they would remain until the conclusion of World War II. They again found safety in a displaced person’s camp in Germany. After becoming director of the DP camp, Nathan was able to secure a sponsorship for the family to come via freighter to NYC, then on to Lincoln, VT, where they would remain for one year with their sponsors. They finally settled in Moodus, CT, and started a chicken farm. Despite not knowing English, and only moving to the US in 8th grade, Eva was Valedictorian of the class of 1954 at Nathan Hale Ray High School. Eva was beloved by all who have met her. Her quiet confidence, humility, kind, humble, and altruistic demeanor, was admired by all who met her. Eva was also quite the pioneer: she was a member of the first Women’s Basketball team at UCONN (prior to NCAA recognition), and perhaps even more importantly, she was one of the first women to receive a Master’s degree in Math, also from UCONN, and remained a steadfast UCONN basketball fan, until the very end. She is pre-deceased by her son Robert Joseph Bardwell, and survived by her brother Leon Simson (Gerry), her children Linda Lou Bardwell, Joshua Gharon Bardwell (Melissa), and Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko, her grandchildren – the light of her life – Eliana Joy Bardwell, Jacob Cole Bardwell, Nathan Cade Bardwell, Shane Asher Bardwell, and Brady Esther Doweyko. Eva was an avid reader and spoke fluent Yiddish, even after the passing of her parents. Eva was passionate about education. Often volunteering her time to Hartford Public Schools reading program, she consistently told her children, “get an education – no one can ever take that away.” In lieu of flowers, Eva’s wishes are to make donations to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, where she visited as often as she could. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. 

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at 1:30 pm at Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, 8 Broad Street, Middletown.  Burial will follow in Adath Israel Cemetery on Pine Street in Middletown.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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Funeral Service
March 3, 2024

1:30 PM
Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue
8 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457


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