Barbara (Cernauskas) Pierce

July 23, 1933 ~ May 2, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


North Brookfield - Barbara D. Pierce, 89, of North Brookfield, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center after a short illness.

She leaves her son, Brian E. Pierce and his wife Janet A. of New Braintree; her grandson, Jeremy E. Pierce and his girlfriend AlyssaBeth Heller of Brookfield; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Autumn; her sister, Helen Hart of North Brookfield, and her sister-in-law, Norma Cernauskas of North Brookfield.  She also leaves her nieces and nephews, including her special niece, Linda Artruc with whom she spent a lot of quality time over the past few years.  She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Edward W. Pierce in 2006, her 3 brothers and 6 sisters, and her grandson, Zachary W. Pierce in 2021. She was born in Ware, daughter of the late George and Anna (Kudzma) Cernauskas.  Barbara was raised in Wheelwright and was a graduate of Hardwick High School.  Ed and Barbara lived in Wheelwright before moving to North Brookfield in 1978.

Barbara was a talented seamstress and baker.  She made delicious strawberry rhubarb pie along with many other treats.  She enjoyed reading, as well as feeding and watching the birds, especially the cardinals.  She never drove, but she and Ed enjoyed many years together traveling the coast of Maine – with Booth Bay Harbor, Wells, and Freeport being among their favorite destinations.  They enjoyed camping in Vermont and traveling to Cape Cod in their younger years.  Together, they were happy being beloved grandparents. They enjoyed fishing with Zachary and attending many of Jeremy’s sporting events, along with all their special events.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care for the dedicated and compassionate care that they provided to Barbara. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hardwick Historical Society, P.O. Box 492, Hardwick, MA 01037.

A Graveside Service for Barbara will be held on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 11AM in St. Joseph Cemetery, South Barre Rd., in Barre.  

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

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Graveside Service
May 8, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Cemetery


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