Obituary for Barbara E. (Schmitz) Hickey
Barbara E. (Schmitz) Hickey formerly of Concord, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Leominster, MA. Born in Boston, MA, as a girl, Barbara was very close to her loving grandmother, Alma Miller. She lived in the city until she moved her young family to the suburban areas of Acton and Concord, MA where she lived for many years.
Barbara devoted her life to raising her children. She loved spending time with her family more than anything else. She was a huge part of her daughter’s dance career and will be remembered for the support she gave to her. She was generous to all of the children in her family and would do anything to make them smile. Barbara enjoyed bingo, sweets, dance, cooking for her family, making blankets for babies, classic musicals, game shows, the lottery, soap operas, flower boxes and story-telling. She cared for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a big part of their childhoods. Barbara longed for the day when she would be reunited with her late son.
Barbara was predeceased by seven of her siblings and is survived by one brother, Bob Schmitz of FL. She is also survived by her beloved children: Her daughter Donna L. (Hickey) Moniz and late husband, Joe Moniz, of Sudbury, MA, her son the late Kenneth S. (“Bear”) Hickey, her daughter Cindy Connolly-Straub and her husband Bill Straub of Deltona, FL and son-in-law Michael Connolly of West Brookfield, MA, her daughter Kathleen Hickey of Gardner, MA and her daughter Linda Hickey of Rindge, NH. In addition to her children, she is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Joe Moniz, of West Boylston, MA, Lori (Moniz) DeWolfe of Hudson, MA, Michael Connolly and his wife Courtney of Deland, FL, Nichole Connolly of Deltona, FL, Dan Davis of Gardner, MA, Jake Chiasson of Gardner, MA, Kenny Biswanger of Rindge, NH and Adam Biswanger, also of Rindge, NH. Barbara had 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited for calling hours Saturday, September 16th beginning at 9:30AM at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue (rt. 111), Acton, MA 01720. The funeral service will follow at 11:00AM at the funeral hom. Immediately following will be the burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, 104 Concord Rd, Acton, MA 01720.
In lieu of flowers, Barbara’s family would like you to consider donating to Base Camp, via GoFundMe. They would like to donate one lump sum in her name. Base Camp is an organization in central Florida that provides support to children and their families facing the challenges of childhood cancer. Barbara's family was affected by this disease and know she would love the idea of giving, even a small amount, to ease the suffering of these children. If you’d like to donate, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/support-base-camp-in-honor-of-mam; or go to gofundme.com and type Base Camp Barbara Hickey in the search bar. Alternatively, Barbara suffered from dementia, so please consider donating to research at www.alz.org,
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