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Mary W. (Wunsch) Barker

Born: Tue., Jul. 28, 1925
Died: Sun., Sep. 20, 2020

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4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 24, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mary W. Barker, 95, of Camden, NY, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 20, 2020. The family is thankful that Mary was able to stay in her home through the loving and caring assistance of multiple dedicated caregivers. Mary was born July 28, 1925 in Rome, NY, a daughter of Louis & Alice Fleming Wunsch. She was a 1943 graduate of the Academy of Holy Names and later, a 1946 graduate of Oswego Teachers College. She taught Elementary Education for over 35 years, retiring from Camden Central Schools in 1982, having taught both Kindergarten and 3rd grade classes. On June 28, 1947, she married Otis ‘Oat’ W. Barker in St. Mary’s Church, Rome, NY. Mr. Barker passed away March 6, 2015. Together, they enjoyed traveling and RVing. They visited 49 of the 50 states and other parts of the world. She was a member of St. John’s Church and was active with many of its groups and activities. She enjoyed playing Bridge and was a former member of McConnellsville Golf Club.

Surviving are three sons, David & Jan Barker, Durhamville, NY, Dr. Stephen & Connie Barker, Jamesville, NY and Mark & Robin Barker, Camden, NY, seven grandchildren; Craig & Amy, Patrick, Christopher, Eric, Stephanie & Mark, Bronson and Ashley, four great-grandchildren; Austin, Maci, Jack and Margot, along with several nieces, nephews and Godchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Paul Barker, in 1995.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at St. John’s Church, Camden, NY under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home, 109 Main Street. Masks and social distancing will apply. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church in lieu of flowers.

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Jim & Jacky Hummel
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
Sadly the little community of Camden is losing some of its finest pillars, Mary surely being one. We were fortunate to have her influence in our son’s early years of schooling. She certainly was a warm and caring teacher as well as individual. We are so sorry we can’t be in the area to express our condolences in person, but surely have you all in our prayers and deepest thoughts. We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you all as we send along comfort, peace, and blessings!

Patricia Hannon Hamner
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
So very sorry to hear of the passing of my Aunt Mary. Such a wonderful sweet lady with a heart of gold. She will be missed dearly
To her children and grandchildren we send our sympathy.
Rest In Peace
With love, Pat Hannon Hamner and family.

   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy to all her family. Mary was an amazing woman. She taught all of my children and to this date, they remember her and having her as a teacher. She is at peace now with Oat and Paul but has left an empty space in the lives of all who knew and loved her. Rest in peace sweet lady. You will be missed.

Mike Boncella
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
Our sympathy and condolences for the loss of your mother. Mike and Tina Boncella.

Linda Dunn-Bewley
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
To all of Mary's family I send my deepest condolences. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting. The last time I had the pleasure of chatting with her was Avicolli's while having lunch. She was sharp, funny and just a lovely lady. May she rest in peace.

Eunice Edwards
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you on your loss of your Mom.

Leslie & Darrell VanPelt
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
Mark & Robin, we are so sorry for your loss. Mary had a wonderful life and gave so much to this community. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Tyler M Henry
   Posted Sun September 27, 2020
Dave, Steve, and Mark,
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. What a truly wonderful person! The Camden community is a better place because of people like your mother...she will be missed.
Tyler and Karen Henry

Terri (Burgey) Schekman
   Posted Thu October 22, 2020
I remember Ms Mary growing up in Camden. She always smiled, was kind, sweet and spoke gentle words of kindness. She is definitely someone I can see accepting her freedom wings from Jesus with many jewels in her crown. Blessings of sweet memories to the family. Terri (Burgey) Schekman

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