Great–grandmother with local survivors

Published in the March 17, 2016 edition

WOBURN — Barbara A. Slack a longtime Woburn resident and a woman of family and faith passed away after a brief illness on Saturday morning, March 12, 2016. She was 86 years old.

Barbara was born in Woburn, the daughter of the late Arthur and Helen McNeil. She grew up in family of 10 in a small house in Burlington. She was educated in the Burlington Schools and then went to work on the assembly line of the Schrafft’s Chocolate Factory in Charlestown. She married Roger Slack in 1950 and they settled in Woburn and started a family. She had three sons and spent their childhood years nurturing, guiding, supporting, and showcasing her values, faith, and morals with her boys. She ran the house and was the glue that kept everyone and everything in order. She loved her home and never felt the need to travel. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, crocheting, and making afghans and dolls. She enjoyed going on car rides, especially when the destination included an ice cream. She had a strong Catholic faith and was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s Church. She was a member of the Women’s Sodality and enjoyed daily Mass. She had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother and often prayed to her for guidance and protection. She made her family and faith foremost in her daily life. She was a devoted wife and simply loved and adored her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Roger D. Slack. She was the loving mother of Paul and his wife Carolyn of Woburn, Robert and his wife Michelle of Pepperell, the late Daniel and his wife Debra of North Reading. She was the sister of Marie White of Woburn, the late Margaret DeBenedictis, Helen McKenna, Elizabeth Collupy, Arthur, Harriett, Charles, and Laurence McNeil. Barbara was the proud grandmother of Lisa Sampson, Daniel, Stephen, Patrick, Thomas, David, Brian, Georgia, Cassandra, and Christian Slack and great– grandmother of Noelle, Carleigh, Tucker, Beau, Oscar, and Landon Slack.

Her funeral was held from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) on Wednesday, March 16 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main St., Woburn. Interment was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or