Official Obituary of

Alice (Wigmore) Barrett

November 16, 2023

Alice Barrett Obituary

     Alice (Wigmore) Barrett passed peacefully, after a long and full life, on November 16, 2023. Alice was born in 1927, the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Hazel) Wigmore and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts, graduating from Hingham High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Boston Five Bank in Boston until a chance meeting, on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, with John E. (Jack) Barrett, a WWII veteran. They were soon married and remained together until his death. 
     A loving and doting mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she built her life (first in Allston, and later Watertown, and then Leominster, Massachusetts) around the care and support of her immediate family and forty nieces and nephews (for any one of whom she could cite the birthday without a second’s hesitation). Active as a Den Mother/Troop Leader in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, and as a key volunteer in Parents’ Organizations at schools attended by her children, she was a constant, patient, always supportive presence in their lives. 
     Alice was a dedicated and talented craftsperson (a talent she passed on to her daughter). In addition to maintaining a large collection of house plants (and balcony vegetable garden), she created many handcrafts. Her knitting was legendary. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, in-laws, nieces and nephews all could look forward to warm woolen hats or mittens on birthdays or Christmas.
     Her crowning achievement was her Christmas Village, displayed annually each Holiday season, featuring more than two dozen hand-painted buildings, people, a business and a residential district, plus church, school, railroad, skating pond, sledding hill, and a river (with grist mill).
     Alice was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Jack and brother Walter Wigmore, Jr. of Squantum, Massachusetts. She leaves her son John Barrett and wife Pamela Mayne of Bolton, Massachusetts; her daughter Joyce Piantedosi and husband Joseph Piantedosi, of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey; grandson Joseph Piantedosi II of Virginia; granddaughter Jennifer Piantedosi of Ho-Ho-Kus; great-grandson Joseph Piantedosi III of Virginia; and many loving nieces and nephews. 

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