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Barbara E. (Mientka) Malley, age 91, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at her daughter's home in Sharon, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on March 3, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Bruno and Helen (Ryan) Mientka. Barbara was raised in Holyoke, where she graduated from Sacred Heart High School with the Class of 1950.
Barbara went on to make her home in the City of Boston, first in the West Roxbury neighborhood and later in Dorchester and Roslindale, taking on the role of a homemaker, raising and caring for her young family. In 1961, Barbara left the city behind, making her home in the small suburban town of Walpole, where she raised her four children. As her children grew up, Barbara began her working career, taking a position with Metal Bellows in Walpole, serving as an executive assistant. She remained loyal to her company through the buyouts and name changes to Zurn Industries and later Pfizer.
After her youngest graduated high school in 1977, Barbara moved to Foxborough, where she met the love of her life, Raymond Edward Malley. Barbara and Ray were married on May 28, 1988, at Saint Mary's Church in Foxborough, making their home in town until moving to Plainville in 2015.
Throughout her life, Barbara loved spending time outdoors, whether tending to her flower gardens around her home or walking around her neighborhood. While out on her walk, very often Barbara would prune her neighbor's flower beds, ensuring the block always looked nice. Back at home, as an avid Boston sports fan, Barbara looked forward to watching the Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins with Ray by her side. Most of all, Barbara was devoted to her family, treasuring the moments she spent with those she loved.
Beloved wife of the late Raymond Edward Malley.
Loving mother of John "Jack" Farrell, Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Atlanta, Georgia, Bruce Farrell and his wife, Irene, of Dennis, JoEllen Farrell Goforth and her husband, David, of Mission Viejo, California, and Christine Markt and her husband, Joseph, of Sharon.
Stepmother of Kevin Malley and his partner, Janet, of Michigan, Nancy Bourbeau and her husband, Robert, of Plymouth, John Malley of Cambridge, Dennis Malley and his wife, Amy, of IL, Patricia Earle and her late husband, Gordie, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and the late Raymond E. Malley, Jr.
Cherished grandmother of Lauren Lynch and her husband, Jimmy, Leslie Tranter and her husband, Derek, John Farrell and his fiancé, Corey, Morgan Markt, David Ryan Goforth, Erin Sackett and her husband, James, and Christopher Goforth; and great grandmother of Ansley, Hannah, Adeline, Caden, and Wrenly.
Sister of the late Bruce Mientka and the late Dennis Mientka.
Also survived by her large extended family, including the Markt family, and her dear close friends.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Barbara's Life Celebration on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary's Church, 58 Carpenter Street, Foxborough on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Foxborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Smokey Chestnut Farm Rescue, P.O. Box 407, Norton, MA 02766 or at https://smokeychestnutfarm.com/