Obituary for Barbara Wilson
Barbara Lombardo Wilson of New Meadow Rd, Barrington died May 29th at home. She was the wife of J. Robert Wilson and the late Frank T. Lombardo. Born in Maine, a daughter of the late Dorothy and Ernest Gates.
Mrs. Wilson was employed by the Diocese of Providence as office manager for the Office of Youth Ministry. She received the Directors Award at her retirement for her tireless work in youth ministry. During her tenure, she received the Mother Ann Seton Award, the St Anne and the Good Samaritan award from the Catholic Committee on Scouting. She was commissioned a lay minister for the Diocese in 1984 after completing a two year course of study. In addition, she was a certified youth minister and catechist.
She was active in her parish, St Alexander’s in Warren, serving as a parish secretary in 1978 and catechist for both youth and adult religious education programs. She wrote and executed the Preparation for Baptism Program which is used in several parishes today.
She was a member of the Brown Community Learning in Retirement, co-coordinating seminars with her husband. She was a member of the Barrington Yacht Club and the East Passage Yachting Center. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Barrington Bogies and the Touissette Women’s Golf League.
She is survived by, three sons, John A., Daniel and Joseph Lombardo; four daughters, Maria Geoppo, Susan Grande, Dianne Andrews, and Judi Kupec; three stepchildren, Bruce and Susan Wilson and Carol Baldwin; 13 grandchildren and six step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren and four siblings, Hubert, Lawrence, Dave and Gloria Gates. She was predeceased by three sisters, Kathryn Coleman, Jacqueline Reichert and Norma Arbour.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd, Warren, where family will receive friends Friday, 4-8pm. Funeral Saturday, 9am from the funeral home, Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St Alexander Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Alexander Church, 221 Main St, Warren, RI 02885 or McAuley House, 622 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907. wjsmithfh.com