Webster – Barbara A. (Michaeles) Gianaris, 84, entered eternal rest on Tuesday April 19, 2022 while in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.
Barbara was born in Southbridge, MA on May 16, 1937, daughter of the late Alki and Katena (Manthue) Michaeles. Barbara was a lifetime member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church where, in her youth, Barbara would play the organ and sing in the church choir; she graduated from Mary E. Wells High School in 1955 going on to study at the Westbrook Junior College, the University of Maine Orono, earning her master’s degree in education from Worcester State University.
After graduation, Barbara began her educational career in New Britain, CT where she would eventually meet her soulmate. After New Britain, Barbara returned to her hometown of Southbridge where she taught second grade at Eastford Road School for several years. Barbara would spend the remainder of her career in the Dudley School System grades K-6 where she would serve as the reading consultant and Vice Principal, assisting with the expansion of Mason Road Elementary School.
Barbara was dedicated to serving others. In retirement, Barbara would serve on the board of directors for the Webster-Dudley Boys and Girls Club; Barbara, along with her husband, was also as supporter of the Harrington Healthcare System; she was also a devout and active member of the Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church and it’s Ladies Philoptochos Society, she was also a beloved member of the parish council. Barbara will be fondly remembered for her advocacy for children, her generosity, and her loving-kindness. May her memory be eternal.
Barbara is survived by her soulmate and her devoted husband Zachary G. Gianaris of Webster to whom she has been wed for nearly sixty one years; her loving son Zachary J. Gianaris of Webster; her brother Michael Michaeles and his companion Joyce of Boylston; her sister-in-law Patricia (Hall) Michaeles of Sturbridge; two nephews Christopher Michaels, M.D. of NY and Jonathan Michaels and his wife Mallery of Maine; her niece Marissa Michaeles of Boylston; she also leaves grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and loving friends. Barbara was predeceased by her brother Basil “Billy” Michaeles.
The Gianaris family wishes to express their utmost appreciation to Barbara’s compassionate caregivers Maria, Robin, Margaret, Paula, and Judy.
Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday April 27, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at her beloved Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 35 Lake Parkway Webster, MA. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday April 28, 2022 at 10:00 am, Private Committal Services will be held in Lakeside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the Gianaris Family Scholarship Fund at Franklin Pierce University Advancement Office, 40 University Drive Rindge, NH 03461.
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