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Obituaries, Week of October 31: Barrack, Roberts

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:00 am

Allan “Donnie” Barrack

Allan “Donnie” Barrack, 69, of Farnham, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. He was retired from the Virginia Elastic Plant, in Tappahannock and a retired waterman.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy P. Barrack. He is also survived by his daughter, Teresa B. Edwards of Coles Point; his sisters, Norma B. Priest and her husband, Robert, of Maryland, and Jennie M. Snellings of Maryland; two brothers, Ralph G. Barrack and his wife Shirley of Farnham, and E. Russell Barrack of Farnham; and one grandson, Richard A. Franklin; also, a faithful companion named Precious.

The family received friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville, on Saturday, October 27. A funeral service was held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial followed at Farnham Baptist Church, Farnham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, (National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd Street New York, NY 10016) or the Farnham Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wayne Mothershead, 250 Bunker Hill Road, Farnham, VA 22460.

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com

Mary Roberts

Mary Katherine Pustinger Roberts was a mom, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to many but her most defining characteristic was that she was a nurse and that was important to her.

Mary was born in Springfield, Mass. on Oct. 27, 1926 to John C. and Clara Pustinger of Winsted, Conn. Mary is survived by a younger brother, Richard, of Tolland, Mass. Jeanne, Mary’s younger sister, passed away earlier this year and a younger brother, Johnny, was killed in the late 1950s when a Navy sea plane hit a wall at Norfolk Naval Air Station.

“The Depression” was hard in their small industrial town in northwest Connecticut. Clara Pustinger worked at the Red Cross and the 5 & 10 cent store. John, who had lost his trucking company early in “The Depression,” found work, and a career, at the Carnell Company.

“The Lake,” Highland Lake, was where Mary and her siblings learned to swim and row and where Mary once got a ride in a plane that could land on the lake. Mary rowed well into the 21st century and never forgot that plane ride.

The war started while Mary was in high school at The Gilbert School in Winsted. All of Mary’s siblings went there, and so did the Nader boys. With the war still on, Mary enrolled in the Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New London, Conn. According to family legend, one night in New London, in 1945, the head nurse said to the students, “you have been invited to a dance at the USO and you will attend” and that is how Mary met Arthur Thatcher Roberts of Oskaloosa, Iowa. On January 3, 1946, Mary and Art rode the train to Baltimore and married at Mt. Vernon Place Untied Methodist Church.

When the Navy released Seaman Roberts, Art and Mary moved to Oskaloosa where a daughter, Cheryl Anne, was born late in 1946. Jobs were hard to come by so after trying to make it in business with a Navy Buddy, Pat Padget (who was married to Art’s cousin Skeeter) Mary and Art moved to Winsted. When that didn’t work either, Art joined the Army and their small family moved to Ft. Knox, Ky. where sons Arthur T. and Stephen Craig were born.

The Army sent the Roberts family to the Philippine Islands where Linda Susan Roberts, everyone calls her Soozi, was born in 1953, then back to Ft. Knox followed by four years in Panama. In 1961 the family was transferred to Ft. Belvoir. Va. and bought a home in Fairfax. All of the Roberts kids, went to Fairfax High School.

When all of her children were on their own, Mary enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College to resume her nursing studies. Earning her associates and bachelors degrees, while working full time, Mary went on to gain a masters degree in nursing administration from George Mason University, with honors.

Mary was privileged to be part of a program for ICU Nurses at NIH and MCV during the 1970s and went on to have a notable career in nursing administration including assignments in Arlington, Hilton Head Island, S.C., Maysville, Ky. (where she was awarded the honorary title of “Kentucky Colonel”), and Buckhannon, W.V. Mary was a long term participant in the Harvard Nurses Study.

On retiring from nursing Mary moved to Hilton Head, S.C. and then to Lottsburg, to be near more of her family and grandchildren. While living in Lottsburg, Mary was one of the first to volunteer at the new Free Health Clinic in Lancaster County and served as Executive Director for Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck.

Mary is fondly remembered by her children for the camping trips, as a swimming and rowing coach, and as the mentor that escorted them to Washington, D.C. for the musicals at Watergate, fireworks on the mall, the zoo and museums on Sundays. Mary resided the last 10 years in Heathsville and at The Orchard in Warsaw.

She is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many who knew her. Mary desired to rest with her parents in Tolland, Mass.

Mary asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, P. O. Box 262, Warsaw, VA 22572 (nnhospice@verizon.net.)

All are invited to A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at Henderson Memorial Methodist Church, Callao, and to visit family afterward at the home of Cheryl Roberts Duffey and Dr. D. H. “Hap” Duffey in Lottsburg.