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WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Mary Elizabeth Barkas, 91, of Wolfeboro, N.H., passed peacefully from her earthly journey on April 28, 2006 surrounded by her devoted husband John and her two sons Paul and John.
Mary was born the eldest of seven to Thomas and Anna Mary Levangie April 19, 1915. She moved to New Hampshire in 1939 and raised her family.
Mother was the original soccer mom, never missing a game. Mary returned to the Boston area and retired from the First National Bank of Boston. She then returned to the place she had come to know and love, Wolfeboro, with her husband John and together they shared their days living at the water's edge at Happy Haven.
not content with retirement Mother Mary also returned to her first love, that of entertaining folks, playing the piano, or the accordion, and insisting that if you could speak, you could singÉ.so sing. Many folks who had previously only sung in the shower made their public debut at the urging of Mary and John (her technician, chauffeur, and husband). Mary's talent was infamous and she played wherever, whatever and whenever someone wished.
The keyboard has now been stilled, the songbooks closed, the nightingale sings now in glory.
Family includes her loving and devoted husband John; two sons and their families, Paul and Annette Kimball of Wolfeboro, and John and Janet Kimball of Center harbor; Five step children, Michael Barkas, Marylou Keyworth, Natalie Santos, Timothy J. Barkas, and Theresa Gonsolis and their families in California. Mary's expanded family includes many grandchildren, their families, great-grandchildren, great- and grandnieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by three sisters, Lillian Lynch, Joan Sweetnam and Carol Carey and their families.
She was predeceased by her brother Tom, and two sisters, Doris and Claire.
Calling hours will be at the Baker-Gagne Funeral Home, 85 Mill Street, Wolfeboro, Monday, May 1, 2-4 p.m. A Mass of celebration of Mary's life will be Tuesday, May 2 at 10 a.m., at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, Route 28 in Alton, N.H., with burial immediately following at Pine Hill Cemetery, Wolfeboro.
For more information go to www.baker-gagnefuneralhomes.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Aides, Nurses and Activities
Mountain View Nursing Home
10 County Farm Road
Ossipee, N.H. 03864
VNA-Hospice of South Carroll County
P.O. Box 1620
Wolfeboro, N.H. 03894
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on April 30, 2006