Barbara Ann Spellman, 86, of Franklin, MA passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2019, surrounded by family.
Barbara is survived by her five children, Linda Hollingdale and her husband John Hollingdale of Franklin, Michael Spellman of Franklin, Susan Haven and her husband Donald Haven of Norfolk, Lori Tierney and her husband Bob Tierney of Franklin and Lee Lachman and her husband Steve Lachman of Milford; and her sister, Lillian Williams of Simi Valley, CA. She was the loving grandmother of 8 grandchildren, Danielle, Eric, Sarah, Taylor, Samantha, Mollie, Emma and Abby, and the ever so proud great-grandmother of several great-grandchildren.
Barbara was born on December 20, 1932 in Dedham, MA to the late Joseph P. Charland and Lillian J. (Foley) Charland. In addition to the aforementioned Lillian, she had two other sisters, Eileen MacDonald and Rose Newman; and one brother, Joseph Charland. Barbara began her education in Dedham graduating from Dedham High School. Continuing her education at Faulkner Medical Center graduating with her nursing degree in 1956, she stayed at Faulkner Hospital to begin her career. Her nursing career lasted over 30 years including positions at Faulkner Hospital, Norwood Hospital, Whitinsville Medical Center, Milford Hospital, Pastorello private practice and eventually retiring from Pastorello Medical Center in Franklin.
When she wasn't cheering on the Red Sox and the New England Patriots, she was playing bingo with her friends or spending time with family. Her love for outdoors showed through her famous backyard garden and annual camping trips with her kids. She loved spending time in Cape Cod, walking on the beaches and visiting lighthouses. Barbara was a huge source of laughter and joy to all of those that surrounded her. She was a kid at heart playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In her famous words “isn’t this nice”.
At Barbara's request services and interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. is honored to assist the Spellman family.