BARRE - Eva Marie Sell, 74, formerly of "The Robins Nest" in Barre, passed away on Oct. 2, 2008, at Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Vt., after a long illness.
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Eva was born in Budapest, Hungary, on April 23, 1934. She was the daughter of Janos and Irene (Ronai) Barkocz of Milwaukee, Wis., formerly of Budapest, Hungary.
Eva spent the first 10 years of her life living in her beloved homeland of Hungary. At the end of World War II, she and her family fled to Austria after their home was destroyed during an air raid. After being sponsored to come to America, Eva and her family eventually settled in Milwaukee, Wis. There she attended and graduated from Alverno College with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Through a speaker exchange program she helped organize, she met and later married Dr. Reinhold P. Sell, formerly of Selbach, Germany, on Nov 24, 1956. They settled in Chicago, Ill. After their first child was born, she devoted many years to raising her family and being a homemaker. As a family they moved many times and traveled throughout Europe.
In 1980 they bought the property in Barre known as "The Robins Nest" and Eva became very active in St. Monica Parish, The Barre Palateers and The Heritage Festival (now known as Barre Homecoming Days). She wrote several children's books and spent many hours painting and making sculptures known as "Vermonsters." Through her involvement with RSVP she volunteered at Barre Town Elementary School in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Two of her more proud achievements were starting and helping run the "Benefit Shop" at St. Monica Parish to help local families in need of assistance and her successful battle to fight off the placement of a major landfill across from Barre Town Elementary School.
Eva is predeceased by her husband of 44 years and leaves her children Dr. Ingrid Sell-Boccelli and her spouse Sharon Boccelli of Westminster West, Vt.; William and his wife Kristen-Leary Sell and their children Adam, Jared and Kathlynn of Framingham, Mass.; Drs. Linda and Evan Steil and their children Rebeccah, Benjamin, Sara Michaela and Aaron of San Antonio, Texas; and John and his wife Wendy and their children Christian and Justin of Barre, Vt. She also leaves her sister Priscilla Barkocz of Shrewsbury, Mass.
Her Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 1, 2008, at 1 p.m. at St. Monica Parish in Barre.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Eva's memory be made to Barre Town Middle & Elementary School, Linda Redman Early Book Center, 70 Websterville Road, Barre, VT 05641.
Eternal Blessings Cremations of Guilford, Vt., (802) 254-3506 is handling the cremation and the family is handling all other arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, 2008