Barbara Jean Nystrom, 78, died Sept. 5, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born in Rockland on Aug. 10, 1932, she was the daughter of Frank T. and Maude Leach Winchenbach. Growing up in Rockland, she was educated in local schools and was a 1950 graduate of Rockland High School.

On Dec. 30, 1950, she married William Nystrom at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland. The couple made their home in Rockland all their married lives.

Barbara was a stay-at-home mother, raising her four children. When she returned to the work force, she was employed as the comptroller for Gresham Group for many years. More recently she was part owner of Uniquely Yours Flower Shop in Thomaston.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, attending every sporting event her children and grandchildren were involved in. This included a very memorable basketball playoff game her granddaughter Jessica played in, held in Fort Kent. She loved any type of travel, from a Caribbean cruise with 14 family members to a simple ride around the rotary with her daughter Pam. Another of Barbara’s favorite things was attending parades, especially the annual Maine Lobster Festival parade. This year she went to the parade with several family members, including her son Don, and delighted in seeing her grandson Michael and Jessica’s boyfriend Andy on a float dressed as lobsters. She was always thrilled to watch the Shriners’ mini go-carts and their many tricks. Barbara enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband and son Mark and his wife and children. She used a special salmon-fishing technique in Moosehead to catch many fish. Barbara loved to rollerskate, which is how she met her husband, William. She had a great love of life and enjoyed joking and teasing, especially with her children, grandchildren and all of their friends. Barbara collected many Santa Clauses and looked forward to displaying them every year. Her excitement over Christmas began as a child, and one memorable story involved Barbara and her best friend Cynthia losing a pair of mittens when they “investigated” Christmas presents. The mittens eventually showed up inside a toy doll box on Christmas morning — busted! She was an avid reader and passed that passion on to her daughter Ronda. As well, Barbara took pleasure in writing poetry and stories for family.

She was an avid reader and took pleasure in writing poetry and stories for family. She was a longtime communicant of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Barbara was predeceased by a granddaughter, Rachel Long, on Jan. 15, 2007, and a son-in-law, James Clark on May 4, 2008.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, William, of Rockland; two sons, Donald E. Nystrom of Union and Mark A. Nystrom and his wife, Nancy, of Owls Head; two daughters, Pamela J. Nystrom Clark of Rockland and Ronda C. Nystrom Long and her husband, Michael, of South Thomaston; four grandchildren, Michael Clark of Rockland and Jessica Clark, Bradley Nystrom and Paige Nystrom, all of Owls Head; five brothers and their wives, Clayton and Joan Winchenbach of Warren, Kenneth and Marilyn Winchenbach of Rockport, Gerald and Maude Winchenbach of Rockland, Dana and Ruth Winchenbach of Hope, and Ronald and Norma Winchenbach of Sherman; two sisters and their husbands, Lois and Gerald Spooner of Bristol and Mary Ann and James Bonner of Hallowell; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway in Rockland. The Rev. Mark Reinhardt, pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, will officiate. Interment will follow in Coughlin Memorial Cemetery on Rankin Street in Rockland. A reception will follow the interment at the funeral home’s 104 Limerock reception center.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Barbara’s name to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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