Baker, Barbara (DiManno) – Sadly, the children of Barbara announce her passing. Barbara was a life-long resident of the North End of Boston. Residing at Prince Street and Commercial Street for most of her life. Barbara was born on May 6, 1934. She is predeceased by her mother, Henrietta DiManno (Romano), her sister, Jaqueline Palermo (DiManno), her brother-in-law, Angelo Palermo and their son Anthony Palermo, Barbara’s husband Kenneth Baker, Sr., Karole Moe, Karen’s life partner, her brothers-in-law Joseph Guarino and Ralph D’Elia and her nephew-in-law Salvatore Cherchi. Barbara is survived by her sister Angela (Red) Guarino-D’Elia, devoted daughters Deborah DiManno-Carbone, Karen Baker, Lynne Villarreal, Karen’s ex-wife (also her personal nurse), and her loving son Kenneth Baker, Jr. Barbara’s joy was being with her grandchildren, Christopher Carbone and his ex-wife Nancy Shuman, Nicholas Carbone, Jamie Carbone (Climo), Isabella Baker-Villarreal and Zander Baker-Villarreal. She will be greatly missed by her great-granddaughters Rachael Carbone and Sarah Carbone. Barbara will also be missed by her countless nieces and nephews: Vincent Palermo and his wife Brenda, Lisa Guarino and her children Ronnie, Jase and Gia, her husband Caesar, and their children Gia and Ciana, Angela Guarino-Vilar, her husband Alfredo, and their children Guarino and Isabella, Dolores Palermo, Joseph Guarino, Jr., his wife Michelle and their children Joseph Guarino III and Renee, Stephanie Guarino and her partner Hal. Barbara will always live in the hearts of all mentioned above, along with her cousins too numerous to name.
Barbara was both mother and father to her children, providing for them by working in a factory during the day, and being a waitress at night. She did whatever she had to do to make ends meet and taught her children that we sometimes need to make sacrifices for those we love. Barbara showed her creativity by decorating bassinets whenever a family member or close friend brought their newborn baby home from the hospital. She will be remembered for her determination, strong spirit and tenacity, along with her valued work ethic, contagious sense of humor and infectious laugh. She has been blessed with love and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
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