OBITUARY

Barbara Ann Sakalas

January 21, 1930September 15, 2022
Obituary of Barbara Ann Sakalas
Barbara Sakalas died Thurs., Sept 15, 2022 at age 92 after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. Born Barbara Ann Fenner on 1/21/1930, in Ogdensburg, NY, the youngest of four children, she arrived in the throes of the depression. The daughter of a schoolteacher and a homemaker she learned and lived her life with the values of hard work, thrift, and honesty, and always with a joy of the simple things in life. She met and married the love of her life, Bronius Sakalas, on Dec. 27, 1953, raising their family in Rockland County, NY, before retiring to Charlottesville, Virginia in the mid-80's. They were married for 54 years. An avid cook, crafter, and gardener, her enthusiasm for these was infectious to her children and grandchildren. Even more infectious was her love of the holidays, especially Christmas, where she reveled in creating an atmosphere worthy of Fezziwig for her friends and family. Never content with idle hands, even in retirement, she provided catering trays of cookies for conferences, and volunteered in the kitchen of the Senior Center in Charlottesville for several years. She loved her community of friends known as the Turtle Doves. She was not happy unless she was contributing or helping someone. Besides her sister, Ruth Braddock, of Miami, FL. Barbara leaves behind her children; Ruth Kupferman, Ellen Schmidt and husband Robert, and John Sakalas and his wife, Shannon, as well as Grandchildren Alex Sakalas and wife, Samantha , Anne Schmidt Figueroa-Gomez and Husband Andres, and Brian Sakalas. Barbara requested no funeral. A memorial service will be held on Fri, Oct 7, at 12:15 at the Charlottesville Church of the Incarnation. Her request for friends and family was to “Be good to each other”.

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