Fitchburg-Barbara L. Palomaki, 85, a life-long resident of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, August 19, 2021 at Life Care Center of Leominster. Barbara’s friends thank Life Care Center of Leominster staff for their dedicated care for Barbara through the pandemic and difficult time of isolation
Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her family in Finland; her cousin David Salomaki of Florida, longtime friend Judy Honkala and her granddaughter Michelle Albert; former co-worker Betty Baker; as well as many friends, friends she loved like family, but most especially by her dear friend of over 60 years, Eila Eagle, her husband Jim, daughter Jessica and grandson Asher.
She was a graduate of Fitchburg High School and maintained a long career in banking. She was an extremely active and a lifelong member of Messiah Lutheran. She served in many roles; including a Luther League counselor, a Sunday School teacher; a member of the LWML Society. Succeeding her mother, Barbara was most proud of being the church organist for the Finnish worship service for over 40 years and accompanist for the Finnish Women’s Chorus and later as director of the Finnish Women’s Chorus. Barbara had a sharp mind, a quick wit, an especially warm laugh, and a loving heart. She welcomed visitors with a cup of coffee and something tasty to eat. A conversation with Barbara was always a bright spot in our day.
A Memorial Service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 750 Rindge Rd, Fitchburg, MA 01420 on Tuesday, August 31st at 11 am and a time of fellowship immediately following the Memorial Service will be held in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Barbara to the Memorial Fund of Messiah Lutheran Church, 750 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Burial in Woodside Cemetery, Narrows Road, Westminster will be held at a later date.
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John F. Masciarelli, James M. Hebert and Terresa Shea, Funeral Directors.
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