Webster- On August 15, 2019 Madeline (Hayes) Barker, 70, passed away surrounded by family after an unexpected and short illness.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ernest "Ernie" Barker; her children, Wendy Chiampa, Catherine "Katie" Giles, Scott Barker, Michael Barker, Dawn Donovan, and Robert Firicano; her 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, as well as her brother, James "Jimmy" Hayes, in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews
She is preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Catherine (Garrigan) Hayes, her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" (Hayes) Porter, and her brother, William "Billy" Hayes.
Born on November 18, 1948, Madeline was raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Her hobbies included dancing, listening to music, gardening, painting, and arts and crafts, among other things.
Throughout her life, Madeline was dedicated to helping people. She was always an ear to listen, a shoulder to lean on, and in some people's cases, a saving grace. She opened her home to over 350 foster kids, and not only did she touch the lives of every child that went through her home, but also each case worker that she worked with.
She will be remembered by all for her ability to look for the positives in every situation, her heavy sarcasm and sense of humor, and for always being there when she was needed most.
She never wanted to be painted like a Saint, but more a realist. In keeping with her wishes, no funeral services are being offered. Rather, her family will be organizing a Celebration of Life, to be held at a later date for family and close friends. The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster, MA has been entrusted with her arrangements. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may post a condolence or light a candle.