She was born the daughter of the late Esther (McCarthy) and Bernard Noseck on August 6, 1941. Barbara was a 1959 graduate, and valedictorian, of Our Lady of Monadnock Academy in Jaffrey. She received both a B.Ed. in Secondary Education Math/Science and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Keene State College.
She was a lifelong educator, beginning her teaching career as a Science and World History teacher for grades 7 and 8 at Antrim High School. She taught earth science and general math at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, CT. She then began teaching kindergarten locally at schools in Fitzwilliam, Winchester, the former South Lincoln School, Roosevelt, and lastly, for twenty years at Fuller School in Keene. She retired in 1999 after 37 years of teaching.
Barbara had many interests and talents. She was a marvelous cook, seamstress, knitter/crocheter, artist, and craftsperson. Barbara was a savvy card game player and enjoyed entertaining friends and family at Silver Lake in Harrisville. She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of St. Bernard’s Church in Keene and St. Thomas the Apostle in Homassasa, FL. She volunteered her time and skills and supported both their efforts. Barbara was a member of the Catholic Women of Charity and Prayer Shawl knitters and both the Cheshire County Retired Educator’s Association and the Retired Teacher’s Association in FL.
She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne, and son-in-law, John Hodgkins, of Walpole, daughter, Jennifer Fitzgerald of Lecanto, FL, and sister-in-law, Barbara Gendron of Bristol. She leaves three beloved grandchildren, Maxwell Pierce, of Philadelphia, Amanda Hodgkins, of Walpole, and Emma Fitzgerald, of Lecanto, FL. In addition, she is survived by one cherished great-granddaughter, Kaiya Pierce of Philadelphia as well as many special cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Gendron, her parents, her sister-in-law, Marie Fabrizio, and her brother-in-law, John Gendron.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 10:00 am at St. Bernard Church, 185 Main St. Keene, NH. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Fuller School Association’s Bi-Annual Book Fair to honor her love of books and reading and provide students with book and literary options.
Fuller Elementary School
FSA Book Fair 422 Elm St.
Keene, NH. 03431.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S, Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com