Barbara A. Spirydowski, cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away March 28, 2020, following a three-month battle with cancer. She was 78 years old.
A native and lifelong resident of Housatonic, Barbara was born May 1, 1941, in Great Barrington, the daughter of Frank and Mary Klahn Love. Following the death of her mother in 1947, she was raised by her grandmother Anna Buckbee Klahn, Aunt Louise Funk and Uncle George Funk. She was a communicant of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Housatonic.
Barbara is survived by children Anna McDermott of Stockbridge, Linda Wolford (Jim) of Becket, Carol Ryan (Bill) of Pittsfield, Barbara-Jean Spirydowski-Fowler (Rob) of Pittsfield, Mary Reynolds (Mark) of Great Barrington, Charles Spirydowski (Jennifer) of Housatonic, and Nancy Spirydowski (Clarke) of Housatonic; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves siblings Frank Love, Mary Errichetto, Carol Handlowich, Katherine LaRose, Rosemarie Errichetto and Ronald Love as well as her cousin who was more like her brother, William Funk, with whom she was raised. She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Charles S. Spirydowski, who died Dec. 7, 2000. The couple was married Sept. 14, 1957, in Richmond. She was also predeceased by daughter Donna Spirydowski, granddaughter Christina Ryan, grandson Joshua Wolford and son-in-law Douglas McDermott.
Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, a private burial was held at St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Housatonic. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Barbara may be made to either Blessed Teresa of Calcutta or the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad through Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.