South Deerfield - Barbara
A. Upton, 83, of 5D Heritage Way, South Deerfield passed away at home on August
5, 2013 after a prolonged battle with cancer. And as her family fully expected,
she left this Earth on her own terms, in her own bed with all the feisty
courage she could muster.
Born, April 23,1930, in Greenfield,
Mass. to parents Joseph and Sarah (Matthews)
Schechterle, Barbara spent most of her life residing in Shelburne
and finally South Deerfield. Colrain schools
and Arms Academy
in Shelburne Falls provided her formal education but
life was really her teacher. She was married to Duncan G. Upton Jr. for
52 years prior to his passing in 1999. For many years, she waitressed at local
restaurants to help support the family.
Barbara was artistic and always involved in some arts and
craft project. Finishing these projects was more difficult than starting, but
given time, she would usually prevail. A fine cook, baking was her passion with
the enticing smells of fresh baked bread or a decadent dessert always luring
her family to the kitchen. She was a great story teller with a sharp memory for
details but seldom let that get in the way of an interesting conclusion. Duncan
and Barbara drove cross country multiple times visiting many of the National
Parks providing ample material for some of those tales. But most of all, she
loved to go dancing with Duncan.
Barbara is survived by two sons, Steven Upton and his wife
Patricia and Jeffrey Upton and his wife Jayne all of South Deerfield, two daughters,
Karen Allen and her husband Rick of Saltillo, Mississippi and Kristi Upton of
Tampa, FL, two brothers, Donald Schechterle of Charlemont and James Schechterle
of Byron, GA. She is also survived by
four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, nieces & nephews and
grand-nieces and nephews. She is
predeceased by her three brothers; Joseph, Harold and William Schechterle and
three sisters; Emmeline Hebert, Katherine Pierce and Robina McCabe.
Funeral services will be held on August 19th at
1pm in the Wrisley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Neil
officiating. Burial will follow in Arms Cemetery,
Shelburne Falls, MA.
Calling hours are Sunday, August 18th from 4 to 7pm. Donations in her memory may be made to
Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway
St., Greenfield, MA, 01301
or the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O.Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
Expression of Sympathy available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.