Barbara Brochu

Barbara A. Brochu (Gadbois)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
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Warren – Barbara A. (Gadbois) Brochu, 82, of Warren, died Tuesday February 2 ,2021 at home.

She was the wife of the late Richard S. “Dick” Brochu.

Barbara was born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Sroka) Gadbois.
Barbara was a Graduate of Case High School in Swansea, Class of 1956, where she played on the Varsity Basketball Team.

Mrs. Brochu, was a Secretary for Vice Principal’s Office, at Kickemuit Middle School for many years.

She has lived in Warren since 1972 coming from Fall River.

She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Bay Church, she was active at the Warren Senior Center.

Mrs. Brochu was active with the Federal Blues, with her husband and son.

Barbara was a member of the German Club in Warren, a member of the Splain Family Sewing Circle and she was a former member of the Fall River Ski Club.

She was an avid gardener and reader who also enjoyed cooking and traveling. However, time spent with her family and friends was what she loved most of all.

She is survived by her son Mark S. Brochu of Warren.

Barbara, was the sister of the late Joseph Gadbois, Alfred “Bumsey” Gadbois and Elaine Gadbois.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:00 am in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main Street, Warren.

Burial will follow in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery, Vernon Street, Warren.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry, 645 Main St. Warren, RI 02885 or to an Animal Shelter of your choice.

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  • Service

    February 6, 2021 | 9:00am
    February 6, 2021 9:00am
    St. Mary of the Bay Church
    645 Main Street
    Warren, RI
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  • Interment

    February 6, 2021 | 10:30am
    February 6, 2021 10:30am
    St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery
    Vernon Street
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885
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Posted at 09:55pm
I am so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. I have not seen her often of late except at family funerals but she had not changed in all the years I knew her. She was a multi talented, woman who loved her home and art work. Barbara was a quiet, supportive person who always looked for the best in people. She was devoted to family and there was always a special bond between Elaine and Barbara. We were young and full of fun with dancing, singing and skiing. Those were good times and I remember Barbara in our youth and eagerness to live a full life. My condolences to Mark.

Jennifer Warner

Posted at 07:35pm
Mark , I'm so sorry to hear of your moms passing . She was so soft spoken and sweet .Remember her when we were growing up hanging out in the nieghborhood she was very nice . God Bless Barbara and may she RiP

GiGi Francis

Posted at 12:32pm
Mark, Charlie and I were so sad when we heard of your Mom’s passing. Until COVID we would see her every Sunday morning at early Mass and at so many church and social functions. We will miss her!! Our hearts go out to you and our prayers are with you at this very difficult time in your life.
GiGi And Charlie Francis

Marie Coyne

Posted at 08:21pm
Mark, My husband and I are so very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful generous neighbor . Barbara and I would always talk to each other while working in our yards. My son Rob got to know her this past summer while he painted her fence . She had many stories to tell and he enjoyed every one of them . We are all so sad over her passing.
David and Marie Coyne

Paul Casey

Posted at 01:26pm
RIP Barbara - thank you for your friendship for many, many years, not only with St. Mary’s, the clam bakes, and the Fire Department and a fine, good lady! Mary Casey & Deb, Pete & Keith

Judy Isaacson Posted at 10:17am

Dear Mark: I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was a very nice lady who always lit up the room. I will miss her smile, her jovial conversation, and her popular pistachio cake at the Splain-Jannitto clambakes. Judy

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