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Ida Barbara Prenguber Barber

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ADAMS, Mass. -- Mrs. Ida Barbara (Prenguber) Barber, 84, of North Summer Street, Adams, died Monday morning, June 27, 2005, at the North Adams Regional Hospital where she was admitted on Sunday.

She was born in North Adams on June 2, 1921, a daughter of the late Ignazio Prenguber and Viola (Crosina) Prenguber. She attended schools in North Adams and graduated from the Drury High School with the class of 1939. She also graduated from the former Bliss Business School.

Mrs. Barber was first employed by the former Gale Shoe Co. in North Adams. She later worked at the former Humter Machine Co. and Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams for a short time. Primarily a homemaker, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a communicant of the parish of Notre Dame and St. Thomas Aquinas in Adams. She was a member of the Italian Girls Club; the Daughters of Italy; the Clarksburg Senior Center; and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Frank R. Stiles Post No. 125 American Legion in North Adams.

Survivors include her husband, Willard W. Barber, whom she married on May 3, 1947, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in North Adams; one daughter, Diane Dowgiewicz of Bennington, Vt.; two grandchildren, Matthew Dowgiewicz of Latham, N.Y., and Maria Dowgiewicz of Northampton; one sister, Barbara Keating of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. Two sisters and one brother are deceased including Catherine Prenguber, John Penguber, and a sister in infancy.

The funeral will be on Thursday, June 30, 2005, at 9 a.m. at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home For Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Adams, celebrated by the Rev. David Darcy, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Ludlow, Mass. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery in North Adams. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 28, 2005
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