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Richardson, Barbara F. 55, of Winchester, MA, died peacefully surrounded by family April 6, 2014, after beating all the odds to enjoy a long, happy and fulfilling life after being diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2004. Barbara was the beloved wife of Preston T. Richardson, and loving mother of daughter Grayson and son Preston. Born on March 18, 1959 in Syracuse, NY, daughter of Mooey (Collins) and the late Bernard Fleckenstein. Barbara leaves her sister Patricia Fleckenstein of Camillus NY, her son James Austin and daughter Courtney (Webb) Romeo and husband Joe of Vernon Center, NY, brother James Fleckenstein of Syracuse, NY, sister Viki (Fleckenstein) Woodworth and husband Richard and their children Natasha, Woody and Dakota of Carlisle. Barbara cherished her immediate family as well as her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and extended family. Barbara attended college at SUNY Watertown in NY, transferring to and graduating from Syracuse University-ESF with a degree in Landscape Architecture. During her career Barbara was associated with the firm of Paul C. K. Lu then spent the majority of her career with the firm of John Crowe and Associates of Belmont, MA. Barbara loved working as a landscape architect and was particularly fond of interacting with her professional associates in the office, many of whom have remained close friends until her passing. With the birth of her twins Grayson and Preston, Barbara retired from the office to focus full-time on her most loved job, raising her children. As a full time mom she excelled at keeping the kids active, engaged and healthy. Realizing that there were other mothers in town in the same circumstance, Barbara was instrumental in reviving the Winchester Family Playgroup, which met at the 2nd Congregational church in town. Barbara also welcomed new mothers of twins she encountered and often offered her well-earned advice for dealing with the issues and challenges that they faced in their new role. Many enduring friendships emerged. With the twins in school, Barbara moved on to her next career as an assistant teacher at the Winchester Cooperative Nursery School, where she was known for her endless patience and love for the children. She loved her lunch bunch! Barbara was so special to many and was defined by her ever present smile and unique sense of humor, her love of people and animals including her dog Bode, her love of the outdoors and nature, her athletic abilities which included daily runs, eleven marathons including her favorite Boston, and her honest and gentle way. Once a friend of Barbara you remained a friend for life. Visiting hours: Friday, April 18, 4-7 pm, Lane Funeral Service, 760 Main St., Winchester, MA, 781-729-2580. A celebration of Barbaras life will be held on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am, at the 1st Unitarian Society, 478 Main St., Winchester, MA. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an financial assistance fund in Barbaras name at the Winchester Cooperative Nursery School, WCNS, 478 Main St., Winchester, MA care of Maureen McWilliams attn: The Barbara Richardson Fund. Online condolences: http://www.lanefuneral.com

Published in The Winchester Star from Apr. 15 to Apr. 22, 2014
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