Barbara Jean MacCARTHY
1942 - 2020
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Age 77, of Woodbury Born August 7, 1942, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020. Known for being the head of a "Brady Bunch" of seven children with her husband Dr. Gary R. MacCarthy, Barb reveled in her family. She was a proud native of Newport, Minnesota where her parents John Lorenzo and Herminia Perkins took over the Glen Road family farm which was established in the late 1800s. Besides being a loving wife and mother and sister and aunt, Barb was the youngest of eight children, a life-long Catholic, a great cook and cookie baker, a Sunday School teacher, a world traveler, a former Miss Newport, a dental office manager, a Girl Scout or Boy Scout leader to all seven of her children, the treasurer of her townhouse community and a volunteer at Woodwinds Hospital for ten years. Barb lived life boldly and was never one to shy away from a big challenge. Her beauty and sharp wit could charm the paint off a barn. She loved raising animals especially dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, and even a pig which her kids enjoyed eating with mixed emotions. Survived by her husband of forty-four years, Gary; sons, Ron Rassett (Debbie), Scott Rassett (Jodi), Dave Rassett (Lucy); stepchildren, Mary MacCarthy (Charles Gerlach), Maggie MacCarthy, Robert MacCarthy (Melissa) and Joe MacCarthy (Ingrid); 16 exceptional grandchildren: Ashley, Lauren, Stephanie, Kaitlin, Patrick, Justin, Alexandra, Sabrina, Madison, Cameron, Delaney, Joaquin, Evalyse, Cole, Sunshine and Luca; and two great grandchildren, Gian Luca and Natalia. She is also survived by over 100 nieces and nephews and her cherished sister-in-law, Audrey Perkins. She was preceded in death by her parents; all eight siblings: Maddie, Jack, Bill, Pat, Bobby, Al, Jim and Tom. The in-person visitation and funeral will be private and limited to eight family members. Please join us for Mass online on Tuesday, May 19th at 11am CST, , with visitation one hour prior, at Zoom Meeting ID 816 9527 2133 and use the password Barbara519, as well as this Fall when we plan to hold a reception in her honor. She will be interred at Newport Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at

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Published in Pioneer Press on May 17, 2020.
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May 19, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the wonderful MacCarthy family. May God bless you during this time. ❤
Jessica and Jamison Walton and Family
May 19, 2020
Dr. MacCarthy, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The first time I met Barb she encouraged me to not cancel my dental appointment, but rather bring along our young son, too sick with asthma for school. She said she would happily watch him and he and Joe could play. That was back in the 80s. I knew we had found our forever dental office.
Such a kind, lovely, caring woman.
Our heartfelt condolences are with you and your family.
Barbara and Michael McGuire
Barbara and Michael McGuire
May 18, 2020
Dr. MacCarthy, our thoughts and prayers are with you family.
Gloria Mathison
May 18, 2020
Hi Mrs MacCarthy, we met once, when I came over to play with Susan in 1987 and you had made delicious CCC's ;). Safe travels.
Raf Deroo
May 16, 2020
Scott and Jody were dear friends to our son Jeff who passed away in 2012.
Barb was such a comfort and so important to him as he suffered at Woodwinds Hospital. Truly an angel on earth. Thank you Scott for sharing your mom's love. ❤
Ralph & Judy Kaupa
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