Barbara J. Benzaquin

Barbara J. (Vansteel) Benzaquin, age 86, of Norwell, passed away on April 8, 2013 after a long illness. Beloved mother of Dorna Burrows of Tucson AZ, David Benzaquin of Kingston, MA and DonPaul of Norwell, MA. She was predeceased by her eldest son Del Benzaquin of NC. Mother-in-law to Judy (Coady) of Norwell and Kathy (OConnor) of Alfred, NY. Special friend to Val Larkin of Pembroke. Cherished grandmother to Leandro and Aria Benzaquin of Norwell, Robbie Burrows of VA., Paul and Tim Burrows of Arizona. She was born in Quincy, Illinois on Aug. 21, 1926 to Frank and Matilda Vansteel. One of six children, she is predeceased by sisters Maggie (Minogue) and Ruth (Pietkiewicz) of Chicago. She leaves behind her brothers Frank of HI., Russell of Detroit, and Chuck of Chicago. In addition, she leaves behind seven great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. Known to most as Grammy, she lived most of her life in Norwell. She volunteered for the NVNA and the Cub Scouts. She was a voracious reader who loved gardening, baking, sewing and collecting dolls. She worked many years for Citgo and 22 years at the Christmas Tree Shops where she had many dear friends. For a tiny lady she had a massive heart and loved everyone dearly. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. Helen Church, 383 Washington St. (Rte. 53), Norwell. Visiting hours were on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 4 - 7 p.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 30 Central St.(off Rte. 123, near State Police Barracks), Norwell Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Alzheimers research. For an online guest book, please visit 781-659-2200

Published in The Norwell Mariner from Apr. 10 to Apr. 17, 2013