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Isolina Argenta Barnini

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WINDSOR, Mass. -- Mrs. Isolina Argenta Barnini, 89, of North Street, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003 at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield where she had resided since April 22, 2002.

She had resided with her daughter in Windsor for several years before entering the nursing facility. She was a longtime resident of Parkside Avenue in the Lakewood section of Pittsfield prior to moving in with her daughter.

Born on Aug. 3, 1914 in San Gimignano province of Siena, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Dante Pucci and Argia Migliorini Pucci Baccoli. She came to the United States in 1922 at the age of 7 and settled in Pittsfield, where she attended schools.

She left school at the age of 14 to work and help support her family.

From age 16 to 25, she had worked at the former House of Mercy Hospital in the dietary department. From Sept. 5, 1963 until her retirement on June 18, 1980, she was a baker for the City of Pittsfield Cafeteria Department. She was a communicant of All Soul’s Church, a member of the Lakewood Civic Association and a member of the Hibbard Elementary Parent Teacher Association.

Her husband, Antonio “Paul” Barnini, whom she married at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Oct. 8, 1939, died Feb. 23, 1986.

She leaves a son, Daniel P. Barnini of Dalton; two daughters, Patricia A. Rivers of Windsor, with whom she resided, and Brenda M. Perry of Bennington, Vt.; three brothers, Dauro and Mario Baccoli, both of Pittsfield, and Louis Baccoli of Ocala, Fla.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Barnini will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 8:15 a.m. from the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at All Soul’s Church, celebrated by the Rev. Peter Gregory, pastor of St. Charles Church in Pittsfield. Burial will follow in the family plot at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery.

Calling hours at Dery Funeral Home will be Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to UNICO, both in care of the funeral home.

She is survived by her adored grandchildren, Rebecca and Anthony Barnini, Kellie Ciepiela and Darren Ricchi and by her cherished great-grandchildren, Hanna Jo and Cody Paul Ciepiela; also by her devoted sons-in-law, Kenneth Rivers and Russell Perry. She was predeceased by her loving sister, Eleanor Sweet and brother, Michael Baccoli.

Her greatest enjoyment in her life was her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, teaching them to speak in Italian and telling them about her native country, Italy, which gave her many hours of happiness. Her sensitivity to people’s needs, caring for both the young and old, visiting those alone, and taking them to appointments, shopping and doing errands on their behalf. Her ability to the “the best” in people, and her wisdom were inspirations to those who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 1, 2003
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