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Barbara J. GILLIS Obituary

GILLIS, Barbara J.

Barbara J. Gillis, age 78, beloved wife of the late Walter J. Gillis Jr., passed away peacefully on Sunday, (April 21) in Connecticut surrounded by loving family. She was born Nov. 30, 1934 in Greene, ME to the late Frank Johnson and Norma (Stuart) Johnson. A lifelong resident of Maine, Barbara graduated from Lewiston High School in 1952 and Westbrook Junior College, Portland, ME, in 1954. After graduating from college she moved to Boston where she met her husband Walter. Together they raised their children in Burlington, where they resided for many years. She also spent many happy years in Perrysburg, OH, Winthrop, ME, Port St. Lucie, FL and most recently in Bridgton, ME. Barbara cheered her children and grandchildren on during sporting events, was active in the community, and a volunteer for the Republican Party. She will be remembered for making lasting friendships wherever life took her and for celebrating life's moments with wonderful parties. Barbara will be dearly missed by her daughters, Anna Caballero and her husband Waldo of Orono, ME, Tracey Pike and her husband Tom, and Karen Gillis, all of Glastonbury; her son, Walter J. Gillis III and his wife Jeanne of Jupiter, FL; her sisters, Lillian Mosa, Geraldine Triglione, Arlene Alzapiedi, Betty Ann Lachance; and her brothers, Frank and Bill Johnson; her grandchildren, Mia, Alex and Miguel Caballero, Nick and Jesse Chmiel and Brynn Pike, her close friend Katherine Eraklis and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the Medical Staff at Hartford Hospital with a special thanks to Dr. Michael M. Einstein.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tpk., Glastonbury, CT 06033. To leave an online condolence, or visit Barbara's tribute, please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 23, 2013
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