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Barbara J. Harpin, 92

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Barbara Jeanette (Williams) Harpin, 92 of North Adams, MA died on Saturday June 1, 2024 at Williamstown Commons.

She was born in North Adams, MA on October 9, 1931, a daughter of Charles and Bertha (Magnoli) Williams. A Drury High graduate, Barbara was also a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and a member of Le Cercle Francais.

Barbara’s life journey consisted of being a homemaker, raising her eight children. It was later in life Barbara entered the workforce and became employed by North Adams Regional Hospital where she participated and earned the first certification within the nursing assistant role. Before retiring, Barbara transferred employment to the Willowood Nursing Home in Williamstown as a CNA, providing support and services to those in need. Given her personal experience in this work, Barbara held high standards for how the CNA’s work should be provided, often informing those who cared for her that she was a CNA as well.

During retirement Barbara and her husband traveled and enjoyed many trips taken with their children to Maine, Florida, California, South Carolina, Canada and Hawaii. While Barbara was always ready to pack her bags and take a trip somewhere, taking a long car ride locally also brought her peace and joy. Her greatest pleasure however, was gathering with her family playing games, cards, good conversation, laughter, food, music and dance. She leaves with a rich legacy of life experiences where family values, respect, commitment and traditions were had and will continue in those whose lives were touched by her.

Barbara was the widow of Donat “George” Harpin who died on December 30, 2023. They were married on August 11, 1951. Survivors include five daughters including Michele (Dennis) Biron of Adams, MA; Donna (Joseph) Maruco of North Adams, MA; Sharon Pessolano of Stamford, VT; JoAnne (John) Sampson of York, ME and Laurie (Peter) Lamarre of North Adams, MA and three sons, David (Ann) Harpin of Carolina Beach, NC; Steven Harpin of Durham, NH and Gregory (Jennifer) Harpin of Waterboro, ME. She also leaves 17 Grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Sonya Maruco and her brother, Robert Williams.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Barbara Harpin will be celebrated Thursday June 6, 2024 at 2:00 PM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Thursday from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the AYJ Fund or PopCares in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Dear Donna, Laurie and Michele - I was so sorry to read about the loss of your mom. Many heartfelt prayers being sent your way.
from: Mary Ellen Eliasenon: 06-14-2024

Donna, and family, my sympathies and condolences on the passing of your mom. May God give you all the graces you need during this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
from: TERRY SAUNDERS-BOUCHERon: 06-10-2024

My sincere condolences to the Harpin family. I also worked with your Mom at NARH. She was an inspiration to me as she was so wonderful, kind, compassionate and caring to everyone she cared for. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace, Barb!
from: Debra LaCasseon: 06-08-2024

I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven received an angel and she is reunited with your dad. Prayers to you all. ??
from: Diane Englandon: 06-08-2024

Oh I'm so sorry for your loss. Barb was such a wonderful loving person. She will be dearly missed. She is now with the man she has loved for so many years.
My love to all.
from: Mary Tanner on: 06-07-2024

Michele, Donna and Harpin Family, So sorry for both your losses Dad and Mom. I had the greatest pleasure in working with your Mom at Willowood/Williamstown Commons. There wasn't a night that went by when your Mom would just brighten our whole shift. Her infectious laughter, her wisdom as she would tell it as it was, loving care for the residents, and most of all was her friendship. Your Mom and I could talk about anything that made it special too. Your Mom will always bring a smile and even a chuckle of the good times we had together. May you find comfort that your parents are resting without pain, suffering, and were loved by many. May you have peace and thank you for sharing her with me.
from: Scott Lipkaon: 06-06-2024

Nana and Pep will be missed by so many. They were full of fun at gatherings and so nice for a chat. Infectious laughter and always so kind, My best wishes the Harpin Family. Hugs to all. Love Julie
from: Julie Sampsonon: 06-05-2024

Very sorry for your families loss. Thoughts are with you.
from: Deb Casuscelli Blanchardon: 06-05-2024

I had the pleasure of knowing Barbara when I worked with her at the North Adams Hospital. She was a very kind lady. My condolences to all. ?
from: Heather Lemoineon: 06-05-2024

Sorry for the loss of your parents that were great people
from: Wayne Andreattaon: 06-05-2024

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences.
from: John Giffordon: 06-05-2024

My Sincere condolences go out to the Entire Harpin Family. So Sorry for your loss.My thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God bless you All. Sincerely John Brown.
from: John Brownon: 06-04-2024

Donna,Sharon and Families, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother will always remain in your hearts and memories. Sincerely, Terri
from: Terri Brown on: 06-04-2024

To the entire Harpin Family: I want to extend my sincere condolences to all of you. I fondly remember all the support she provided to mccann and the sport teams that her children participated. My deepest sympathy.
from: Gary Rivers on: 06-04-2024

Donna so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I send out my condolences to the whole family. I will keep her in prayer.
from: wendy linneanon: 06-04-2024

Taunte Barbara as the Williams children referred to her. She loved company and always made us welcome. She always brought a smile & laughs to us. After our father passed she always loved to see Michael who resembled him. I always let him go in first. You chose a beautiful picture that reflects a great smile & twinkle of her joy of life. She cherished her husband & all her children, grandchildre. & great grandkids. She will be missed.
from: Nancy Wojnickion: 06-04-2024

I am saddened to hear of Barb’s passing! She was an awesome lady! Just a lovely person! She raised a great family! God bless her and her family! Eternal peace Barb!
from: Laurie Kuziaon: 06-04-2024

To Donna and other members of the Harpin and Maruco families
My Heartfelt and Sincere Condolences For Your Loss
from: BRIAN K MCNEILon: 06-04-2024

So sorry for your family loss. My deepest condolences. May all the wonderful memories you’ve all shared over your lifetimes bring comfort during this difficult time.
from: Joni Dunnon: 06-04-2024

Donna and Sharon, sorry to hear about your mom‘s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family
from: Donna Kelly on: 06-04-2024