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Wojciechowicz, Barbara

Barbara M. Wojciechowicz, of Middleboro, and formerly of Taunton and Hyde Park, passed away on March 7, 2023. She was 70 years old. Barbara was the second child of the late Charles and Kathleen Wojciechowicz, and she was the loving sister of Kathleen Botelho of Taunton, Joanne Maranian and her husband Michael of Hyde Park, John Wojciechowicz and his wife Joann of Mashpee, and Mary Cremins and her husband Michael of Taunton. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews: Stacie Morgado, Erin Kline, Laurie and Charles “Chuck” Maranian, Caroline “Charlie” Wojciechowicz and Morgan and Matthew Cremins. Visitation for Barbara will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023, from 10:30-12pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton St, DEDHAM, followed by a service at the funeral home at noon. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to a charity of your choice. 

People connect with other people in many different ways.  Barbara connected with others through her talents and her generosity.  She showed you she cared about you by baking you the most amazing butter cookies, or cooking a delicious meal from scratch.  Or she went shopping and selected the perfect gift, one that you would never purchase for yourself.  A creative artistic soul who loved to cook, craft and travel, Barbara was always looking for ways to give to her family and friends

Barbara grew up in Hyde Park. She was one of 5 children and second in birth order.  She was a graduate of Hyde Park High School and attended Boston Business School.   She worked as a cook at the NEBH Hospital in Boston and local nursing homes. She enjoyed cooking and embraced her Polish and Irish roots in the kitchen.  Later she made a career switch and was a bookkeeper in insurance for Boston Mutual.   Barbara had a knack for numbers. 

Barbara fell ill in 2001 with transverse myelitis a spinal cord inflammation resulting in her being confined to a wheelchair.  She moved to Taunton with her mother to a ranch home.  Barbara adjusted and immersed herself in her passions and interests of cooking, shopping and crafting.  Barbara often spoiled her nieces and nephews through the years.

Unfortunately, after an illness in October 2008 Barbara woke blind and brain injured.  It had a profound impact.  Barbara was strong and she dug deep to make the best of her situation.  She spent six years in a nursing home in Newton.  In 2015 Barbara had the opportunity to move back into the community.  The last seven years she lived in a group home in Middleboro.  

Barbara enjoyed a few weekend getaways to Truro in the Fall to listen to the ocean, feel the wind and warmth of the sun and experience the shopping and the restaurants.   This was possible due to the compassion and efforts of Marion Desmond, her friend, nurse and caretaker at her home who travelled with her.  

In December 2021 Barbara experienced a memorable and enjoyable trip to the Andrea Bocelli concert at the TD Garden in Boston with Marion.  It even included a midnight snack of roast beef before the ride home!  We are so grateful that Barbara had one last great adventure.

2022 brought declining health.

The family is grateful and acknowledges Barbara’s longtime good friend Judy Bourque, the friendship and care of Marion Desmond and BAMSI house staff.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Linda Kelley
    March 10th, 2023 | 3:04 pm

    I remember Barbara from our days working together at Boston Mutual. I am saddened to hear of her passing. My deepest condolences to her family and dear friends.

  2. Janice Dunfey
    March 10th, 2023 | 6:39 pm

    Worked with Barbara at Boston Mutual, I remember her being a very sweet person, that I enjoyed stopping and chatting with. My heart broke when she left Boston Mutual, at the time she was in terrible pain. My condolences to her family and friends.

  3. Gerrie Weldon
    March 14th, 2023 | 8:49 pm

    I also remember Barbara from Boston Mutual. She was a lovely friendly person who was great to work with. May she be free from pain and at peace with our Lord.

  4. Celia Black
    March 23rd, 2023 | 9:09 am

    To Barbara’s family, I did not know Barbara, but was enamored by the way she lived her life. Not many people would persevere through all the setbacks she encountered. “Family” means everything to some individuals, and Barbara spent her life as did my sister who passed in 2006 at age 60. Never thinking of themselves, they thrived on doing for others. God bless these special angels in heaven and God bless those special individuals who befriended Barbara until her passing.

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