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Sarla Janetta Chastine

October 27, 1987 - June 3, 2024

Burial Date: July 2, 2024

A Celebration of Netta’s Life will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at Colonial Funerals, 86 Circular Avenue, Hamden at 11am. Viewing will be in Colonial from 10am-11am. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Ms. Sarla Janetta Chastine, affectionately known as “Netta,” was born on October 27, 1987, in Manhattan, New York, to Thelma Foster. She found her home in New Haven, Connecticut, under the loving care of her great uncle and aunt, George and Christine Samuels, whom she cherished as grandparents. Netta attended the New Haven Public School System and grew up attending Christ Chapel Church with her grandmother, a place that held special significance for her.
Throughout her life, Netta was known for her passion for the newest and latest tech devices, her love for the latest styles, and her enjoyment of a good seafood boil. Those who were close to Netta knew she had a vibrant spirit and loved to share a good laugh. She enjoyed watching movies and spending time with loved ones. Netta’s home was always open to her daughter Eleana’s friends, providing a safe space for them to gather, play Uno, and board games, creating cherished memories for all who visited.
Netta faced challenges with bravery and resilience, particularly as a proud Sickle Cell Warrior. She courageously shared her journey on platforms like TikTok, inspiring others with her strength and encouraging them never to give up. Netta was not only an advocate in words but also in actions. She volunteered to be featured in an article celebrating the opening of a new floor at Yale New Haven Hospital dedicated to those battling Sickle Cell, displaying her commitment to raising awareness and supporting others facing similar health challenges.
Netta is survived by her daughter, Eleana Jackson, and her beloved fur baby, Cam Chastine of New Haven, CT. She is also survived by her sisters Thelma Chastine, Juanita Chastine, and Doris Foster; brothers Willie Chastine, Kyle Chastine, Douglas Foster, James Foster, Eddie Foster, and Tony Foster, all of New York; Robert and Teresa Burroughs, affectionately known as ‘Papa and Nana,’ Anthony, Christine, Bobby, and Terrance Burroughs, and their families all of New Haven, CT, originally from Brooklyn, NY. She will be deeply missed by her friends Shalise McClure, Tatchi Thomas, her best friend Brittany Odom, who was like a sister to her, Rashad Amin, her long-time boyfriend and best friend, Michelle Daniels, Eleana’s paternal grandmother, whom Netta gives special thanks to, Danae Bennett, whom she affectionately called “Ma,” as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Netta’s life was a testament to resilience, kindness, and the profound impact one can have through genuine care and advocacy. She will also be remembered by her cousin Dondi Burroughs, whom she affectionately called “Uncle Dondi,” as an integral part of her family and support system.
Netta was preceded in death by her mother Thelma Chastine, her brother Tyrone Chastine, and her grandparents George and Christine Samuels. Her absence has created a void in the lives of all who knew her, but her memory will be cherished forever in the hearts of those she touched.

A Celebration of Netta’s Life will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at Colonial Funerals, 86 Circular Avenue, Hamden at 11am. Viewing will be in Colonial from 10am-11am. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.colonialfunerals.com.