1928 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO Barbara "Barb" Packard, 86, a former longtime resident of Highland Street, died peacefully early Friday morning at Hilltop House on Bradley Avenue where she had been a resident since July 4, 2012. Mrs. Packard was born in Brattleboro on March 4, 1928 the daughter of George and Albena (Filion) Anderson. She was raised and educated in town and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1946. For several years, with her husband, she resided in Great Falls, Mont., moving back to Brattleboro in 1955, following the birth of her first child, Stephen. Mrs. Packard had been employed at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital as a switchboard operator from 1965 until her retirement in 2001. Previously, she worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone Company in Brattleboro. She was a faithful and devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. She was very devoted to her family and was known for her steadfast work ethic. At the time her children were growing up, she served as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and was active with the Brattleboro Parent's Teacher's Association. Mrs. Packard was a communicant of Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Of her hobbies and interests, she enjoyed flower gardening and was an avid New York Yankees and L.A. Lakers fan. On April 22, 1952, at Saint Michael's Rectory she was married to Stephen E. Packard who predeceased her on June 11, 2002. Survivors include two daughters, Pam Loney of Swanzey, N. H., and Karlie Borst and her husband, Harry, of Brattleboro, and four grandchildren, Andrew Loney, Breen Loney, Stephen Borst and Jason Borst. She was predeceased by her father in a railroad accident when she was a young girl by her mother on Dec. 31, 1972; by her son Stephen Packard Jr. on May 12, 1994, and by two brothers, George Anderson, Jr and Francis Anderson. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11: a.m. at Saint Michael's Catholic Church with Fr. James Dodson, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Saint Michael's Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the ATAMANIUK FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Packard's name may be made to Saint Michael's School, 48 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301, in care of Elaine Beam, principal. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
Atamaniuk Funeral Home
40 Terrace Street Brattleboro, VT 05301-2923
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 28, 2014