BELFAST – Barbara McNeil Marsanskis died Monday, May 4, 2009, at home, as was her wish. She was born in 1926, in Bangor, daughter of Margaret E. and Michael J. McNeil, the youngest of a family of eight. She attended schools in Mattawamkeag and Pittsfield, and majoring in sociology, graduated in 1947 from UMO – the University of Maine, Orono. At UMO, she met her future husband, George, and they married in 1948. During college, Barbara worked at Camp Tanglewood, Lincolnville and at Bar Harbor YWCA. After her marriage, she worked in child welfare services and also taught at schools in Maine and Mississippi while the family lived there. She served 12 years as a hospice volunteer, and was a founding member and first president of the local hospice in Belfast. She belonged to PEO and Travelers Club, and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Belfast, where she served as organist for several years. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf, and was addicted to crossword puzzles. But most important to her, was raising her seven children. Barbara was predeceased by her parents; four sisters, Hildred Prange, Inez Campbell, Anne McCarthy and Marguerite McNeil; one brother, James McNeil; and by her husband and best friend, George Marsanskis. Barbara is survived by her sisters, Carolyn Talbot and Bertha Lundquist. She leaves two daughters, Kathryn Gambee and her husband, Larry, and Cynthia Marsanskis; and five sons, Gregory and his wife, Pamela, Jeffrey and his wife, Robin, David and his wife, Sarah, Steven and his wife, Marilyn, and Michael and his wife, Jill. Barbara was also very fond of Doortje Wijnands of the Netherlands, Nancy Prange Lucas of Australia and Michael Prange of Oklahoma. Barbara was especially happy to be a grandmother and treasured the time spent with her many grandchildren, Lindsay Gambee Weaver and Barbara Gambee, Ben and Daniel Comeau, Megan, Kevin, Caitlin, Leah, Nick, Josie, Victor, Nina, Luke and Olivia Marsanskis; great-granddaughter, Natalie Weaver; and great-grandsons, Ethan Weaver and Grayson Comeau. A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Belfast. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, P.O. Box 772, Belfast, ME 04915.
BARBARA MCNEIL MARSANSKIS
Posted May 05, 2009, at 6:49 p.m.