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Barbara L. (Meagher) McFadden passed away peacefully on May 18, 2017, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass. Barbara resided in North Andover and was a former resident of Reading. She was the wife of the late John N. McFadden, Sr. and daughter of the late Frederick and Sarah Meagher; loving mother of Jean A. Messenger and her husband, Dwight, Joanne M. Sulis and her husband, Ralph, Joyce M. Frizzell and her husband, Alan and John N. McFadden, Jr. and his wife, Jill (Kiley). Barbara will be missed by her cherished grandchildren, Brian and his wife, Mary-Leah Messenger, Kara Messenger, Robert Messenger; Rachel and her husband, William Anastasia, Neil Sulis; Austin Frizzell, Sarah Frizzell; Kayla McFadden, Jenna McFadden; one great-grandson, Jackson Anastasia; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was born on November 24, 1923, and raised in Medford, Mass. Barbara was an avid reader of novels and newspapers. Her happiest times were spent with her family whether at Sunday dinner or vacationing by the ocean. She enjoyed the company of her book club, canasta club, and rummikub club. She volunteered early on at the Winchester Hospital and worked at the John Hancock in Boston before becoming a loving wife and mother. After raising her family, she worked for seven years at American Mutual Insurance Company in Wakefield before retiring.
Barbara was predeceased by her siblings, Frederick, May Kelley, Ruth Davis, Sarah (Sadie) Lawrence, William, David, Robert and Katherine Brosnahan.
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover, MA 01845. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Michaels Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's name to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack Street #9, Lawrence, MA 01843.
Published on  May 22, 2017
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