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Barbara A, (Barrett) Mesch

May 30, 1951 ~ August 2, 2020 (age 69)



Oakham - Barbara A. (Barrett) Mesch born in Ware, May 30, 1951, daughter of the late George W. and Laura D. (Ostiguy) Barrett.  Barbara left the world Sunday, August 2, 2020, peacefully with her family by her side.


Barbara’s spirit remains but she leaves her husband Gene Mesch; her children, Ryan Mesch of San Francisco and Tyler Mesch of Oakham; as well as two brothers, Henry Barrett and his wife Dee of West Brookfield, and Richard Barrett of New Braintree; her sister, Janet Shea and her husband Ronnie of Ware, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Barbara was predeceased by her sister, Hazel Barrett-Comeau.


Barb and her family lived in Oakham for the past 44 years. It was there that in addition to being a kind and loving Mother, Wife, and Person, Barbara worked as an Independent self-employed bookkeeper for several years. She was always very prepared, independent, and organized.


Barbara had a soft spot for animals. She was always up for an adventure, road trip or camping.


Barb and Gene have canoed and camped 100 miles on the Upper Missouri River together along with other rivers and lakes with their children and because of her share many of the same values.


Barbara loved hiking, motorcycle rides, canoeing, and kayaking.


Barbara had a passion for Native American culture, Exploring National Parks, visiting Pow Wows around the country and always enjoyed a good thunderstorm.


Barbara found so much pleasure in the simple things like a staycation, hot weather, and bonfires. Most of all she treasured and cared for her family with all her heart and filled her life to the brim with laughter. No words can fully express how much Barbara will be missed and how she will be truly loved from here to wherever she travels now.


Due to community safety around COVID, a celebration of Barb’s Life is being planned for a future date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to these Massachusetts organizations: The Massachusetts Humane Society, Inc., P.O. Box 850177, Braintree, MA 02185-0177 (, The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 (, or The Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, P.O. Box 5885, Boston, MA 02114-5885 (


Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield is assisting her family with arrangements. 


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barbara A, (Barrett) Mesch, please visit our floral store.


Celebration of Life at a later date


American Cancer Society
30 Speen Street, Framingham MA 01701

The Massachusetts Humane Society, Inc.
30 Speen Street, Framingham MA 01701

The Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness
P.O. Box 5885, Boston MA 02114-5885

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